Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Leigh

Goat Island Marine Reserve

Only 3km from Leigh, this 547-hectare aquatic area was established in 1975 as the country’s first marine reserve. In less than 40 years the sea has reverted to a giant aquarium, giving an impression of what the NZ c…
Park in Auckland

Auckland Domain

Covering about 80 hectares, this green swathe contains the Auckland Museum, sports fields, interesting sculpture, formal gardens, wild corners and the Wintergarden, with its fernery, tropical house, cool house, cute…
Park in Mahurangi & Scandrett Regional Parks

Mahurangi Regional Park

Straddling the head of Mahurangi Harbour, Mahurangi Regional Park is a boater's paradise incorporating areas of coastal forest, pa sites and a historic homestead and cemetery. Its sheltered beaches offer prime sandy…
Park in Auckland

Western Springs

Parents bring their children to this picturesque park for the popular playground. It’s a pleasant picnic spot and a good place to get acquainted with playful pukeko (swamp hens), easygoing ducks and pushy, bread-fat…
Park in Waiwera

Wenderholm Regional Park

Squeezed between the Waiwera and Puhoi Rivers, the exquisite 134-hectare Wenderholm Regional Park has a diverse ecology, abundant bird life, beaches and walks (30 minutes to 2½ hours). Couldrey Homestead, the origin…
Park in Auckland

Albert Park

Hugging the hill on the city’s eastern flank, Albert Park is a charming Victorian formal garden overrun by students from the neighbouring University of Auckland during term time. The park was once part of the Albert…
Park in Auckland

Bastion Point

Politics, harbour views and lush lawns combine on this pretty headland with a chequered history. An elaborate cliff-top garden mausoleum honours Michael Joseph Savage (1872–1940), the country’s first Labour prime mi…
Park in Mahurangi & Scandrett Regional Parks

Scandrett Regional Park

On the ocean side of the Mahurangi Peninsula, Scandrett Regional Park has a sandy beach, walking tracks, patches of regenerating forest, a historic homestead, pa sites and great views towards Kawau Island. Three bac…
Forest in Warkworth

Dome Forest

Two kilometres north of Warkworth, a track leads through this regenerating forest to the Dome summit (336m). On a fine day you can see the Sky Tower from a lookout near the top. The summit walk takes about 1½ hours …
Forest in Orewa

Alice Eaves Scenic Reserve

Ten hectares of native bush with labelled trees, a pa site, a lookout and easy short walks.