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Permanent links to our Art Trail Maps. These are Google Maps that show the locations and image of public art around the city. The maps show Sculptures, Murals, Painted Utility Boxes and Pouwhenua.

Murals
Murals as street art enhance our city, adding colour and vibrancy to otherwise drab building exteriors.

Sculpture Trail Map
Now with 160 public sculptures this trail map will take you to all parts of Auckland.

Painted Utility Box Map
From Transformers to traffic control to telecommunication cabinets many artists have used their skills to alter the drab green into works of art.

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Rototoa
The largest and deepest fresh water lake in the Auckland region.

Te Ara Tahuna
Cycle the 8km circuit around the Orewa River estuary, an easy to medium ride with views of the estuary never far away.

No tour buses to Mangere Mountain
With two craters to explore, a lava dome and several peaks to climb is it time you visited Mangere Mountain?

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BBQs of the North Shore
Aucklands North Shore has a number of free Public BBQs for you to enjoy, pick up a few snarlers from the local supermaket and spend the afternoon at your local park or beach.

Waitakere Waterfalls
For the waterfall chasers out there we detail the 14 waterfalls we have visited in the Waitakere Ranges.

Toutouwai
While not native to Auckland Toutouwai can still be found in some pest controlled sanctuaries.
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Hirakimata (Mt Hobson)
The highest publicly accessible point in the Auckland region Hirakimata stands at 627m with views across the Hauraki Gulf your reward for scaling its heights.

Waitakere Summit
The highest point in the Waitakere Ranges, bush bound so no views, just a sign post. Enjoy the views along the way.

Murals
Murals as street art enhance our city, adding colour and vibrancy to otherwise drab building exteriors.

Sculpture Trail Map
Now with 160 public sculptures this trail map will take you to all parts of Auckland.

Public BBQs in Central Auckland
Central Auckland has a good number of BBQs available for public use. There may be one in a park near you.

BBQs of the North Shore
Aucklands North Shore has a number of free Public BBQs for you to enjoy, pick up a few snarlers from the local supermaket and spend the afternoon at your local park or beach.

Southern BBQs
Looking for a picnic spot in South Auckland where you can throw a few sausages on the BBQ? These parks may just be the right place for you.

BBQs out West
Public Barbeques available for lunch when exploring the west.

Bicycle Training
Some of our Childrens Playgrounds contain bike training courses for the little one to learn confidence on the bikes.

Flying Fox
A classic piece of playground equipment for Kiwi kids to enjoy, here is a collection of parks and reserves where you can find the good old Flying Fox.

Low Tide Coastal Walk
A low tide coastal walk around the Puketapapa coastline. Expect sand, mud and slippery surfaces, along with some great views.

Cascades - Meadowland to Burswood
Cascades is a shared cycleway/pathway through the Eastern suburbs of Meadowland, Botany Downs, Highland Park and Burswood.

Cycle Pine Harbour to Maraetai
This cycleway, 7.1km one way, will take you along a reasonably flat ride from Pine Harbour to Maraetai.

Te Ara Tahuna
Cycle the 8km circuit around the Orewa River estuary, an easy to medium ride with views of the estuary never far away.

Forts of Auckland - Air
During World War II Auckland City was defended against air attack from Japan by 46 Ack-Ack guns installed at 12 locations across the city.

Colonial Times
Several forts of significance were built during Aucklands colonial times (prior to 1900). Explore their remains to learn more of our history.

Forts - Shoreline Defences
Aucklands military defenses included shoreline machine guns posts, searchlights and command posts

Forest Giant - Kauri
The mighty Kauri. While Auckland cannot compete with specimens such as Tane Mahuta of Waiopua we still have a good number of large trees to visit. Is Tom Thumb the largest in Auckland?

Forest Giant - Pohutukawa
Shown from inside the canopy, this massive Pohutukawa is thought to have been planted by Sir John Logan Campbell.

Forest Giant - Puriri
A valuable source of food for our native birds, small Puriri are widespread in Auckland. Can you find a larger specimen than ours?

Forest Giant - Tanekaha
Found in most areas of remnant native forest the Auckland, Tanekaha is one of our Forest Giants growing to a height of over 20 metres.

Forgotten Volcano - Otahuhu
Otahuhu (Mt Richmond) is truly a forgotten volcano, left unkempt and unloved by the city, a ramblers paradise.

Pukaki Crater
Pukaki Crater is a 600 meter wide explosion crater in the South Auckland suburb of Mangere.

Scenic Hunua Falls
A popular spot for swimmers during summer Hunua Falls can be both scenic and dangerous. With caution and common sense this is a great spot for a family day out.

Kauwahia
One of the small islands on the wild west coast at Te Henga, you can circumnavigate Kauwahia at low tide but always watch the incoming tide.

Motukaraka (Flat Island)
Found off the coast of the eastern coastal community of Beachlands this island is an easy walk at low tide

Kawakawa Bay
Cockles can be gathered year round at Kawakawa Bay, a limit of 50 per gatherer applies.

Rangitoto Lava Caves
Walked up Rangitoto but missed the lava caves? We provide some detail to help you on your next visit.

Lake Wainamu Stream Trail
A stream trail from the top of Lake Wainamu up to Wainamu Bush Track, looping back to the lake via Houghton Gully

No tour buses to Mangere Mountain
With two craters to explore, a lava dome and several peaks to climb is it time you visited Mangere Mountain?

Te Whau Pa
Te Whau can be found at the southern end of the Whau portage, a stronghold commanding access from the Waitemata.

Whakakaiwhara Pa
Whakakaiwhara is thought to be the first place visited by the Tainui canoe as it entered the Waitemata harbour.

Australian Coot
Self introduced from Australia this duck like waterbird is related to the Pukeko.

Kawau paka
Kawau paka (Little Shag) are the smallest but most abundant shag found in the Auckland area.

Kotare
A well known bird in New Zealand, native but not endemic. With such a large coastline Kotare are easily found around Aucklands though not so easy to photograph as they startle on approach and move so quickly.

Kotuku Ngutupapa
Royal Spoonbill are small in number but still widespread throughout New Zealand.

Matuku Moana
One of the most common of the large New Zealand native birds only arrived in the country in the 1940s.

Papango
Papango (New Zealand Scaup) are not fully established in Auckland but can be found in scattered numbers in our fresh water lakes.

Putangitangi
Putangitangi are New Zealands only shelduck, a short billed duck with a similar build to a goose. A common sight around Auckland found near any small body of water or in open fields.

Tauhou
Occuring throughout the Auckland region Tauhou are a common visitor to gardens with fruit and flowering trees.

Toutouwai
While not native to Auckland Toutouwai can still be found in some pest controlled sanctuaries.

Exercise out East
Several parks in the Eastern Suburbs contain gym equipment, read more to find out where.

Gym Equipment on the Shore
For the outdoor fitness enthusiasts here are a selection of parks with public gym equipment on the North Shore.

Otuataua History
Otuataua to the west of Mangere has a rich history dating from as early as 1,000 year ago with the arrival of early Polynesian settlers. Explore this historic reserve and discover what the next chapter of this land will be.

Otuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve
Otuataua StoneFields is an historic and scenic reserve on the western outskirts of Mangere. Created in 2001 it was purchased by Manukau City Council, The Department of Conservation and the Auckland Regional Council to avoid the threat of quarrying.

Painted Utility Box Map
From Transformers to traffic control to telecommunication cabinets many artists have used their skills to alter the drab green into works of art.

Pouwhenua
Pouwhenua are carved post used by Maori tribes to mark places of significance or, in some cases, territorial boundaries. Many pou are used to tell the story of significant events or recall the glory of tribal leaders.

Pararaha Stream - History
From early Maori settlers to logging of Kauri in the 1800s, the Pararaha Stream has a rich history.

Rototoa
The largest and deepest fresh water lake in the Auckland region.

Tahuna Torea
Gathering place of the Oystercatcher. An extensive sand bank stretching out across the Tamaki Estuary.

Public tennis courts in Central Auckland
Need a place to practice your serve? Here are all the free public tennis courts in Central Auckland.

Free tennis courts in the South
A collection of free public tennis courts in South Auckland available for your summertime fun.

Western Tennis Courts
A collection of free public tennis courts out west available for use throughout the year.

MTB Trails at Totara Park
Totara Park contains a variety of MTB trails, mostly for beginner to intermediate riders but a few will provide a challenge for the more experienced.

Te Tokaroa (Meola Reef)
Te Tokaroa is a volcanic reef that stretches over 2kms out across the Waitemata harbour. Take a walk out along the reef at low tide.

Kaka
New Zealands inquistive forest parrot the Kaka is a magnificent bird in flight and even more so with an up close encounter.

Karuhiruhi
Another of our nationally vulnerable birds to be found in the Auckland area. Karuhiruhi are naturally solitary birds but tolerant of humans and can be approached quite closely.

Ngutu Pare (Wrybill)
Ngutu pare (Wrybill) are endemic to New Zealand and have never been recorded anywhere else in the world, with only around 5,500 left we need to look after this birds habitat.

Tarapunga
Common but vulnerable. Tarapunga (Red-billed Gull) numbers have seen a huge decline over the last 2-3 decades. Mammalian predation is the greatest cause, as otherwise, these birds adapt well to human habitation.

Tieke
Tieke (North Island Saddleback) can be found on several islands of the Hauraki Gulf.

Weweia the NZ Dabchick
Weweia are virtually extinct in the South Island and number as few as 2,000 birds in total. Found around Auckland in small lakes and ponds

Oakley Creek
Oakley Creek starts life in Hillsborough and winds its way through Mt Roskill and Mt Albert before exiting into the Waitemata Harbour.

Waterfalls in the South and East
A collection of waterfalls to be found in the South and East of Auckland. All of these waterfalls are easily accessed and worth a visit.

Your local waterfalls
Need some stress relief after a long day, discover the calming influence of a waterfall in a suburb near you.

Waitakere Waterfalls
For the waterfall chasers out there we detail the 14 waterfalls we have visited in the Waitakere Ranges.

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