The Central and South Auckland region has many special places worth visiting, including Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve, Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve and North Head Historic Reserve.
Visit the DOC Auckland Visitor Centre at Princes Wharf, downtown Auckland, to find out about conservation areas around Auckland and throughout New Zealand.Location: The Visitor Centre is located at Auckland Tourism's i-SITE situated at 137 Quay Street, Princes Wharf, Downtown Auckland city. Come inside and see our friendly staff at the 'DOC desk'.
Fort Takapuna, used by the New Zealand Defence Forces for over a century, offers a glimpse of New Zealand's 19th and 20th Century military history. Location: Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve is located on Vauxhall Road, next to Narrow Neck Beach on Auckland's North Shore.
The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park spans several regions. This link will take you to information about the islands and marine reserves in the Hauraki Gulf islands section of the website.Location: The park is located in the Hauraki Gulf and the eastern coastline of the Coromandel Peninsula.
Just 20 km north of Auckland lies the Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve. The reserve protects a variety of coastal habitats: sandy beaches, rocky reefs, estuarine mudflats and mangroves.
Location: The reserve is about 20 km north of the centre of Auckland.
The Motu Manawa - Pollen Island Marine Reserve protects 500 hectares of the inner reaches of Auckland's Waitemata Harbour.Location: Motu Manawa - Pollen Island Marine Reserve is located in the inner reaches of Auckland's Waitemata Harbour.
Visit Maungauika/North Head Historic Reserve where a self-guided walk leads you through tunnels and other features of the area's past military defences.Location: North Head is located at the mouth of Auckland's Waitemata Harbour.
A spectacular and remote wilderness area, Whatipu is an extensive sandflat on Auckland’s rugged west coast. There are campgrounds and walking tracks in the area.Location: Auckland's west coast.
Firth of Thames (Auckland/Waikato)The tidal flats and mangroves of the Firth of Thames between Miranda and Thames support up to 40,000 birds including many migratory species.
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
Walking track categories
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
Alerts for Auckland places