Where else can you leave the CBD and in 20-40 minutes be tramping in a rain forest, walking on a wild uncommercialised beach, surfing in challenging waves or relaxing in a winery café?
Escape the city and discover the breath taking natural beauty and dramatic black sand beaches of the Waitakere Ranges and the wine districts of Kumeu Valley. Explore the many rain forest trails or visit west Auckland art galleries. Or for a shopping experience, enjoy the village craft or farmers markets or West Auckland shopping malls.
West Auckland cafes and restaurants offer excellent local and international cuisine or relax with a picnic beside meandering bush streams or majestic waterfalls.
West Auckland offers a variety of small cafés, restaurants, galleries and specialty shops.
Take in the beauty of Muriwai’s rugged landscape and visit the famous cliff top gannets.
Stroll along the boardwalk that hugs the coastline and take time to enjoy the fresh sea air. Take in the superb views of the wild waves and rolling black sand dunes.
Find the best of the beach
For some beach fun, take a lesson at the local surf school on this popular surf beach or hire, kites, mountain bikes or surfboards.
Play a round of golf at the nearby course and enjoy the incredible outlook across the sea and along the coast between holes.
Go the extra mile
Take a drive to the neighbouring black-sand beach of Te Henga or slide down the huge sand dunes at nearby Lake Wainamu.
Take on the tracks
Speed through the trees on over 100km of purpose-built tracks and jumps. The Woodhill Mountain Bike Park has more than 100 bikes for hire, a pro-shop, café and mechanic service.
Explore on foot
Try one of the many family-friendly walking trails that wind through the pines at Woodhill Forest. Watch out for native birds and reptiles in the nature reserve.
Take a swing
Swing through the treetops at Woodhill Forest’s tree adventure park. The series of ten exciting rope courses reaches up to 14 metres high and features 18 flying foxes.
Take a quad biking tour, 4WD jeep safari, guided horse riding trek or motocross adventure. The sheltered Auckland forest is great for activities all year round.
Take a drive to nearby Helensville to enjoy a cruise on the Kaipara Harbour, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Relax in the natural thermal at Parakai, or try a tandem skydive with spectacular views
Dine in style
Catch the ferry or take a short drive to New Zealand’s oldest riverside tavern for a delicious meal and drinks overlooking the water, or visit the nearby brewbar and restaurant for freshly brewed craft beers.
Try a cellar door tasting at one of Kumeu’s many boutique wineries, ranging in size from small artisan winemakers to some of the best-known names in wine.
Auckland lies in a transition zone between subtropical and temperate. Its climate is warm and moderately wet, with few frosts and no snow. In summer the average maximum temperature is 24º C. Stable subtropical anticyclones mean that the summers are warm and humid. Winters are mild, although rain is more frequent and intense. Auckland city has an average annual rainfall of around 1,100–1,300 millimetres, and about 2,100 annual hours of sunshine. In the hills, rainfall is higher and temperatures are lower. The prevailing winds are south-westerly.