22 Oct The A-List: Top 5 Secret Scenic Strolls For Your Long Weekend
Top 5 lesser-known spots to adventure to this long weekend:
Long weekends are definitely one of our favourite things. There’s nothing quite
like being able to sleep in for three whole days in a row! Labour Day
commemorates the establishment of the 8-hour working day and it just so
happens to signal that summer isn’t far off. So in the spirit of sunshine, relaxing
and our gorgeous countryside, we’ve compiled our top walks, but we’ve put a bit
of a twist on them. We all know how stunning, Rangitoto and Mission Bay are,
but we also know how crowded they can be on public holidays. So check out our
top 5 lesser known, but equally amazing spots to adventure to this long
Fairy falls is probably one of the most popular waterfalls in Auckland, and
deservingly so! Situated in the central part of the Waitakere Ranges, the falls is a
major attraction out west. The walk there and back takes a fairly leisurely 90-
minutes. Although a little steep in some places, this is an absolutely stunning
spot to stroll out to – weather permitting you can reward yourself with a
refreshing swim at the base of the waterfall.
Huia Dam Track
There are heaps of neat little trails to and from Huia Dam all of varying times and
distances depending on how much wildlife you feel like immersing yourself in.
This is another of West Auckland’s offerings! The dam was formed in 1929 and is
part of the water supply for Auckland. This incredible man-made feature is
Also located in the Waitakere Ranges, Nihotupu boasts two waterfalls and a
reservoir. A light walk – less than an hour there and back – makes this the
perfect spot to adventure around if you only have either morning or the
afternoon to do so. The reservoir is the ideal spot for a picnic and photo op!
The Beachlands to Maaetai Walkway is walk and cycleway that meanders along
the coast between these two picturesque locations. The 5km stretch can be done
in just over 90 minutes and provides plenty of opportunities to take in the
coastal views and plant life. Rain or shine this walk is pleasant and beautiful and
is accessible for prams and wheelchairs.
This 2 and a half-hour stroll is a bit different from the others as it follows the
coast and covers farmland. This walk is a nice, fairly flat stroll with the
opportunity to walk along the beach at low tide and is more so about the journey
rather than the destination. Long Bay is well-known for being a top picnic spot.