Though New Zealand is world-renowned for its beautiful hiking, it’s seldom Auckland that springs to mind. With a number of fantastic hikes in the City of Sails, it’s definitely worth throwing your hiking boots or sneakers on though and getting out onto our clean, green trails; just prepare for our largest city to surprise you!
The biggest surprise of all? A spot you’ve probably never heard of – Duder Regional Park.
Located on the Whakakaiwhara Peninsula, in South-East Auckland, Duder Regional Park allows visitors to get up close and personal with friendly farm animals whilst enjoying million dollar views out over the Hauraki Gulf.
Gently sloping farmland gives way to the Wairoa River and to stunning beaches; the likes of which are unrivalled in Auckland. Sandy shores, pohutukawa lined bays and unexpected turquoise waters, it really is like having our own little piece of paradise in Aotearoa.
Guests to Duder Regional Park can spend as much or as little time at they like. Loop tracks allow hikers to connect back to the carpark without having to double-back on the same trail. Alternatively, those with limited time can begin a walk and retrace their steps at any stage, whilst still benefiting from the incredible scenery and animal encounters at the park.
Duder Regional Park: Everything You Need to Know
- Distance from Auckland CBD to Duder Regional Park: 45km
- Hike Difficulty: Easy
- Key Sights: Rural landscapes (complete with sheep/lambs and native birds), stunning beach views and the remains of a Māori pā.
- Hiking Routes:
- Farm Loop Walk (1 hour, 50 mins)
- Whakakaiwhara Pā (2 and a half hours return)
- Coastal Walk (dependant on route) – perfect for swimming and fishing
- Recommended Route to Duder Regional Park: Our favourite drive to Duder is definitely via Maraetai! If you’re looking to soak up even more beautiful New Zealand countryside, we’d also recommend returning home via Clevedon.
- Cost: N/A
- Parking: Free at the start of the trail
- Shops onsite: N/A. Should you wish to have lunch at the park, make sure you come prepared.
- Address: 889 North Rd, Clevedon
- Additional Information on Duder Regional Park: Park history.
The hiking is easy, the beaches are beautiful and the views unsurpassed.
With such incredible natural beauty on Auckland’s doorstep, it really isn’t a question of whether Duder Regional Park is worth a visit but a matter of when!
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