Takahē on Tiritiri MatangiImage: Gavin Stroud ©
Explore one of the best gardens in the country, filled with all sorts of weird and wonderful things to see and do. Free fun for the whole family and located right in the heart of South Auckland.
Splash about in rock pools, discover a hidden forest or dive in to get up close with thousands of fish on Goat Island (Motu Hāmure). Beneath the waves you may see seaweed forests, sponge gardens, snapper/tāmure and crayfish/koura.
Discover the beautiful views, wonderful coastal treasures and amazing history of O Peretu/Takapuna Head, right on the doorstep of the North Shore.
Explore an underwater world – stare face-to-face at sharks, have sting rays fly above you, and see penguins in their freezing, icy home.
Maungauika/North Head is an important historical site but it’s also a totally awesome place to explore. There are forts with interlinking tunnels, spooky caves, massive old guns, trees to climb, hills to run down – it’s got everything!
Feel like you’re a world away from Auckland City, as you discover one of the best playgrounds around, native bird species, farm animals, amazing views over the Waitematā Harbour and rich Māori history.
Treat yourself to an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and step into this native slide of paradise. A perfect stop off to stretch the legs and get some fresh air if your heading away with the family.
All aboard! Keep an eye out for marine life from the boat to Tiritiri Matangi. On the island there are no pests so you'll see some of New Zealand's most endangered birds in the wild, including takahē, kōkako, saddleback/tīeke and stitchbird/hihi.
Earn a medal in your own backyard by doing one of these conservation actions at home.