The parks and reserves listed below are smaller locations ideal for a short walk or a picnic with the family.
Entrances off Ridgewood Crescent and Roseberry Avenue cul de sac.
A small reserve with plenty of mature native trees and ferns, the track follows a small stream down a gully so you are soon well away from surburbia. There are some steep parts to the track, but not too challenging, and it is well worth the effort.
The entrance is off Trias Road.
Rewi Alley Reserve is an open space ideal for a walk or a picnic on the weekend. There is a playground for the kids and a bridge over the pond at the bottom of the reserve.
A memorial to Rewi Alley is situated at the main entrance, with shaded seating and a garden.
The main entrance is off Ocean View Road.
Please keep to tracks.
Stancich Reserve is an easy walk with level concrete paths and raised boardwalks throughout. It is a lovely bushed area to walk the dog, or just listen to the bird song and get away from the pressures of city living.
The entrance is at end of Hinemoa Street.
Hinemoa Park is a great destination for a family outing – there is a playground, a small beach area and great views of the harbour and Auckland City. You can watch the ferries come and go, and there’s always fisherman on the wharf. A small bush reserve has walks up to the top of Birkenhead Point.
The entrance is off Manuka Road.
A delightful family picnic spot with playground, easy access boatramp to launch canoes, kayaks, etc. at high-tide. Access is at the end of Manuka Road, Glenfield. Some easy bushwalks are at the upper end of the reserve.
If you walk up to the top part of the playground area, there is a wide walkway that takes you into a secluded grassed area which is perfect for picnics. There is also a dedicated dog park to exercise your dog.
Stokes Point / Te Onewa Pā
The entrance is at end of Princes Street.
This small historic headland is dwarfed by the Auckland Harbour bridge. Kids will love the cars rumbling just metres above them. This vantage spot was occupied for many centuries and remnants of the pã site can still be seen today. The boardwalk leads to a waka-shaped pou whenua that acknowledges the gods, future leaders and community.