30 Things To Do In West Auckland

By Tennille Ziegler - 15 Sep 2016

30 Things To Do In West Auckland

Just in case you’ve missed the memo, West is Best. A thriving part of the City of Sails, it has awesome markets, great food and bevvies and plenty of spots to be at one with nature. Whether you’re a new resident, a born-and-bred Westie, or need to get out of the bubble of your own burb, we’ve got the d-low on what you must do when out West. Enjoy. 

  1. Get some artisan cheese and bread from the Hobsonville Markets
  2. While you’re at it, drop the kids off at the playground at Hobsonville Point Park.
  3. Pack a picnic (with your cheese from the markets) and watch the sunset at Maori Bay. 
  4. Dream about owning a home while checking out the Axis homes in Hobsonville. 
  5. Get some surf lessons from the locals at Piha Beach.
  6. Post-surf session have a few bevvies at the Piha Cafe and try to chat up the locals. 
  7. Get your gram on at the Karekare falls.
  8. Check out the gannets at the colony at Muriwai.
  9. Look after the community and volunteer in some Kauri dieback programmes. 
  10. Book a wild West Coast weekend away and stay at the Bethells Beach Cottages or popular Black Sands Lodge
  11. Get a group together for fun times, and book The Cabana at The Tasting Shed in Kumeu. 
  12. Or enjoy al fresco dining and book at the The Living Table instead.
  13. En route home stop for a real fruit icecream at the Phil Greig Strawberry Gardens. 
  14. If ocean swimming isn't quite your thing, get your soak on at Parakai Pools.
  15. Head to the Black Cottage Cafe for one of the best cheese scones in Auckland. 
  16. Enjoy fine wine and dining at The Refreshment Room in Titirangi. 
  17. For a non food related activity, go horse riding along Muriwai Beach.
  18. Build up your knowledge on fine wine and visit some West Auckland wineries. 
  19. Have a few brews at the Hallertau Brewery
  20. Watch some live music and enjoy the laidback vibes at the Riverhead Tavern
  21. Up your local knowledge and have a history lesson at the Helensville Railway Station.
  22. Learn how to be better for the planet with an Eco Tour.
  23. If you want a full west coast adventure in one day, book a Piha Karekare Rainforest Wine Adventure—the name says it all!
  24. Have a farm-to-table experience at Provenance in Kumeu.
  25. Find the hippy within and purchase a crystal from Crystal Mountain
  26. Get outside your comfort zone and fall from the sky with a Skydive in Parakai. 
  27. Get your nature on with a full day nature tour including a rainforest walk and a stroll along the west coast beaches. 
  28. Explore the Mercer Bay Loop track. 
  29. Enjoy views overlooking the entire Waitakere Ranges when you follow the walk to the Dam on the Cascade Track. 
  30. While you’re out there check out the Fairy Falls and be tempted with a cool dip in the water. 

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Image credit: Milford Travel 

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