As much as I enjoy going for walks in Auckland, it is also refreshing to head out of town.
Our family has a holiday house on the south-east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. The Coromandel is mostly an unspoilt part of New Zealand with beautiful beaches, many walk paths and natural bush. I love going there to relax and refresh myself.
It is only a two hour drive for us from Auckland via Paeoroa and the Karangahake Gorge. Two places that are worth stopping at. The Gorge has interesting walks and mining tunnels that are fun to explore with torches.
You can choose from a variety of walks in the Coromandel region, no matter where you stay. There is a great uphill walk (that I suggest you do on a cool day) to the Wentworth Falls near Whangamata that I enjoy. And another walk for cool days is around the Martha Mine in the gold mining town of Waihi – I like to go around that anti-clockwise. From the northern end of Waihi Beach is a track that leads to the spectacular secluded beach of Orokawa Bay with the typical pohutukawa trees providing shade at the edge of the sand.
In the future I will be putting together some family day trips from Auckland that will include interesting places to visit.