What are the best outdoor activities in Auckland?

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Nicky Park

Auckland is a great city for outdoor activities when the weather is right (ideally from about September until March). New Zealanders are active people and love to share their enthusiasm for the great outdoors. Check out some of my favourite day trips to get some inspiration.

There’s something for everyone. If you want something chilled out - find a sunny spot by the Viaduct, sip a local vino and sample the local seafood. If you’re a water baby head out to Mission Bay (about a 20 minute bus ride from town) and hire a kayak or stand-up paddle board and splash about in the sea. For something more adventurous, I love the canyoning experiences offered out in the Waitakere Ranges (about an hour out of Auckland city – there are a few different organized tours to pick from).

Because Auckland is so small it’s easy to walk around and check out the sites – this city is best explored by getting outdoors and getting amongst it.

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