New Zealand is known for its incredible landscapes and seaside locales. Some of the perfect places to experience their majesty are within the many beautiful Auckland parks throughout the city and surrounds.
As a port city, Auckland is blessed on all sides with gorgeous beaches, some of which can only be accessed through equally splendid national parks. Piha Beach, located on the western side of the Auckland Centennial Park, is a perfect example of this.
Located in the centre of the city, the sprawling Auckland Domain is home to botanic gardens, war memorials, historic landmarks, walking trails, and expansive greens fit for relaxing. Head down for a barbecue or just spend the afternoon walking through the beautiful gardens and recreational areas.
Found at the south end of Totara Park in The Gardens district, the Auckland Botanic Gardens are home to one of the most gorgeous collections of New Zealand and international flora ever assembled. Spend the day exploring its many walking paths and finding out more about the many vibrant kinds of plant life only found in a country like New Zealand.
A gorgeous public square located right behind the Town Hall on Queen Street, Aotea Square is one of Auckland’s most vibrant cultural hubs. Filled daily with events, shows, food carts and interesting stories, it’s a fantastic place to visit when looking to feel out the city’s vibe. This is a must-visit for any walking tour of the city.
Just a few streets away from Aotea Square lies Albert Park Auckland, home to not one but two separate art galleries. The park’s green spaces are criss-crossed by fantastic walking trails. Albert Park is the perfect spot to meet for coffee after browsing the Auckland Art Gallery, or to pause in the middle of a hectic tour schedule.
At the top of the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park lies Bastion Point, a beautiful local landmark with picturesque views. The perfect place to unwind after a visit to the nearby Sea Life Aquarium, Bastion Point is a beautiful spot to stop and watch the world go by.