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50 Outdoor Adventures To Have This Summer

By Olivia Atkinson - 11 Nov 2016

50 Outdoor Adventures To Have This Summer

Guess what, people?! Summer is peeking around the corner and there’s a heck of a lot to be excited about. We’re talking glowing skin, sun-kissed hair, cold cocktails and long, sunshine-y days—days which you’d be rude not to full with endless exploring.

To help you make the most of the coming months, we’ve rounded-up a nifty list of aaaall the outdoor adventures you should have this summer. Be it seeking out hidden rock pools, sipping a vino with views or going full intrepid mode, here are 50 adventures to have in Auckland this summer.

  1. Make the trip out to Goldie Bush Walkway and stroll across the Insta-famous swing bridge. It’s a two-hour round trip but if you’re keen for more of a mission, take the Mokoroa Falls Track.
  2. Gym not cutting it for you? Soak up the rays and take your workout into the great outdoors. The Kennedy Park stairs of doom are a good place to start. Best of luck to your booty.
  3. Set up camp and sleep under the stars. Here are some stellar spots.
  4. Roughing it not your thing? Embrace the Mother Nature without forfeiting comfort. Here’s everything you need for your glamping holiday this summer. 
  5. What’s SUP? Track down a paddle board and cruise out on the water. We’ve found the prettiest places in Auckland to do it.
  6. Balancing not your thing? You might be better in a kayak. Check out these epic spots.
  7. Do a roadie to Warkworth’s Old Cement Works and prepare to be taken back in time. It’s a fresh water swimming hole amongst the ruins and is guaranteed to blow your mind.
  8. Not a fan of crowded beaches? We’re with you. Here are some secret swimming spots to dip into. 
  9. If you haven’t been to the stunning Awawhata rock pools, this summer is the time! These pools are the perfect place to watch the sun go down or cool off after your hard core adventuring.
  10. Those stunning blue springs you see all over Instagram? The Putaruru springs are closer to Auckland than you think. Just over two-hours drive and you’ll find yourself in a cool 11 degrees.
  11. All this adventuring is bound to spark the tummy rumbles. Load up your picnic hamper and head to one of these pretty pozzies.
  12. Raglan practically screams summer and not adding it to your summer road trip hit-list should be a crime. There’s Bridal Veil Falls, top-notch surf and plenty of delish eats.
  13. While you’re in the mighty Waikato, tackle Mt Pirongia. It’s the highest peak in the region and offers sprawling views for those willing to make the five-hour hike.
  14. Waterfalls and summer go hand-in-hand. Take Fairy Falls 3.2 kilometre loop track and you’ll find yourself amongst native forest, stream crossings and fairies (if you’re lucky).
  15. You can’t really call yourself an Aucklander unless you’ve conquered the Rangitoto summit. It’s a super short ferry ride away and the views are 100 per cent worth it.
  16. And that pink cycle track you see eeeverywhere? Time to go check it out. It’s bang smack in the middle of the CBD and looks oh-so pretty with the twinkling city lights at dusk.
  17. Get high at Tree Adventures. This forest adventure park will see you monkeying about in the trees and even tree surfing!
  18. Or get even higher…with a skydive! Skydive Auckland will have you jumping from 16,500 feet and freefall for 75 seconds at spends of 200+ kilometres per hour. How’s that for adventurous?!
  19. Get your day trip on. We’re talking Rotorua, Matakana and Kumeu. Find the full line-up here
  20. When in Rotovegas, be sure to brave New Zealand’s highest commercially rafted waterfall with River Rats. It’s a rush you won’t be able to beat. 
  21. Summer = beach days and sometimes you’ve got to get in the car to find the best of the bunch. Here are five epic beaches totally worth the car trip. 
  22. You’re on island time, baby! Some of Auckland’s surrounding islands are the most stunning in New Zealand and summer is the perfect excuse to escape the city bustle. 
  23. Speaking of islands, Waiheke is the ultimate island day trip from Auckland City. Sip vino at one of the many vineyards, get historical at Stony Batter, go zip-lining or find a secluded beach.
  24. Be sure to check out Wild on Waiheke. Featuring craft beers, epic food and a range of fun activities (archery, claybird shooting, giant chess and Wildtag). 
  25. The Awhitu Peninsula is a total Southern gem and belongs on your summer bucket list. Visit the Manukau Heads Lighthouse or frolic on the rugged black sand beaches (pro tip: bring jandals to avoid tootsie burns).
  26. Take the road less travelled and discover walks you didn’t know existed in and around Auckland. Best bit? We’ve found them for you. 
  27. Channel your inner Little Mermaid and get your snorkel on in the deep blue. There are some beautiful spots in and around Auckland. 
  28. On yer horse! Actually though. Murawai beach horse treks are a unique way to feel to lap up to beachy vibes and feel the win in your hair this summer. 
  29. Or on yer bike! Hoon through Woodhill park or find your training wheels at Arch Hill Scenic Reserve—a hidden mountain bike trail in the city.
  30. Better yet, round up your beer-lovin’ buds and book in a bike pub crawl around the city. You’ll be able to cycle from pub to pub, enjoying the warmth of the sunshine and a bit of light exercise. 
  31. Wake up at the crack of dawn and head up Devonport’s Mt Victoria for a breath-taking sunrise. No better way to start the day.
  32. Take on some of the Hillary Trail, part of the Coast to Coast walkway. Want a full-blown hike? Challenge yourself on the full four-to-five-day walk.
  33. Go where the wild things are and shelter from the sun. Auckland (and beyond) is home to magical caves waiting for you to explore. 
  34. You know how you’ve been saying you’re going to learn to surf? This summer is your year! Here’s where to learn the ropes
  35. Rent an old-school Land Rover and go bush for a couple of days. Trekker Adventures offer fully equipped trucks with rooftop tents, camping gear and everything you need for a blissful escape. 
  36. If you’re a sucker for adrenaline, book a spot on AWOL Canoying Adventures. In the beautiful Waitakere Ranges, you’ll abseil under waterfalls, take underground streams into caves and slide into hidden pools and gorges. 
  37. Check out Goat Island, a protected marine reserve not too far from Auckland. Snorkel with the brightly coloured fish or stay dry in a glass bottom boat.
  38. Tick another Auckland must-do off and visit the Muriwai gannet colony. More than 1200 pairs of gannets call the cliff tops home.
  39. Hit up the Hauraki Gulf. It’s a beauty and we’ve tracked down 10 awesome things for you to do. 
  40. Suss out a playlist, say adios to A-town and check out some of the great towns near Auckland. We’re talking Mount Maunganui, Leigh and Waipu. 
  41. Dreading going back to work already? Lock in some weekend escapes to make it more bearable.  
  42. Wriggle into that wetsuit and go black water rafting and tubing in the stunning Waitomo Caves
  43. Fan of the Hobbit? Us too! Cruise over to Matamata for a two-hour tour around Hobbition. Quench your thirst at the Green Dragon Inn afterwards.
  44. Partake in a spot of golf at one of these gorgeous golf courses. Who knows, you could be the next Lydia Ko! 
  45. Don your best sunhat and head out west to pick strawberries. It will be just like when you were a kid except we suggest you enjoy them with bubbly.
  46. ‘Lax on a beach, go for a wander or just get outdoors and finish off with a trip to one of these destination pubs for a bevy and solid feed.
  47. Knock off the Pinnacles. This Coromandel walk will make you feel like a total badass and there are plenty of places to pitch a tent up the top (the hut is known to book out quickly!).
  48. Always wanted to see Flipper? Go on a dolphin and whale-watching cruise. From bottlenose dolphins to up to six types of whales, marine-lovers will be in heaven. 
  49. Not big of getting out and about? Take your taste buds on an adventure instead and get some Vit D at these outdoor eating spots
  50. If you think you’ve seen and done it all, time to check out Auckland’s hidden adventures. We’ve tried and tested the best. 

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Image credit: Talman Madsen for Trekker Adventures

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