Skating is more than a sport. It’s an expression of self. An exercise. A hobby. And most of all, a lifestyle. Once you’ve tried skating, there’s not much that compares. Imagine flying down the sidewalk, feeling the wind on your face, adrenaline pumping through your body, nothing but a board between you and the harsh asphalt…beauty.
Although skating is banned by most councils, thankfully, there are plenty of designated skate parks in Auckland. Places designed with safety in mind, where you can enjoy yourself and perfect your skills… meanwhile becoming part of a community, meeting like-minded adrenaline junkies and speed enthusiasts. Whether you favour transitions or street style, parking lot or beach side, Auckland has something for you. And so, here they are—Auckland’s best skate parks.
Victoria Skate Park
Sitting on the edge of the CBD, Victoria Park is THE skate park of all skate parks. Recently renovated, it is every skater’s dream playground. The facility features a few quarter pipes, a half pipe and a very decent bowl, as well as a huge street plaza full of ledges, stairs and gaps. Styled to look like street terrain with plants and seating, the park is perfect for onlookers wanting to catch a bit of the action, too. The views here are stunning, with the harbour bridge on one side, and the city skyline—featuring the SkyTower—on the other. The park is right across the road from Victoria Park Markets, full of quirky stores residing in a beautiful brick-built heritage building. Victoria is favoured by local pro-skaters—motivating for amateurs and super impressive to watch. Generally, the atmosphere here is very cool and relaxed, with many a skater honing their skills—often to the sound of someone’s boombox.
Birkenhead Skate Park
Located by the Birkenhead War Memorial Park, Birkenhead skate park is a bit of a hidden gem, and can be a little difficult to find… making it that much better when you do. The park has a super cool vibe to it—surrounded by graffiti covered walls with a bit of a parking lot aesthetic to it. There’s a tonne of features randomly thrown together into the space, making it seem like a rough street rather than a designer park. You’ll find everything from a flow street area featuring stairs, ramps, ledges and rails as well as some quarter pipes and a mini bowl with pool coping!
Nixon Skate Park
Nixon park is a city fringe favourite. Sitting off Bond Street, mere minutes away from K’ Rd and all its quirky glory featuring clothing, food and of course, skate shops. The skate park itself is on the smaller side, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in features. Perfect for transition enthusiasts it includes a taco quarter pipe and Jersey barriers. There are also good street features like hubba ledges, ramps, stairs and handrails. The surface is good, giving smooth flow and high speed. The best part? The place is usually packed with likeminded enthusiasts, ready to teach you a trick or two, or challenge you to a skate-off.
Brown’s Bay Skate Park
We have two words for you—beach and skating. If this sounds like heaven to you, then Brown’s Bay Skate Park is a must. Sitting right in front of the beach, this park will have you feeling like you’re skating in Miami. Sun shining, waves crashing, plenty of cafes nearby… what else could you want to accompany your skate? The main attraction here is the half pipe and its adjacent mini ramp, surrounded by a few ramps and ledges.
One of the oldest and gnarliest bowls in Auckland, Lynfield is a must for any local skater—it’s practically a right of passage. The park features two bowls joined by a tight snake run. The hourglass bowl is five feet on one end and six feet on the other, with mad vertical action and rad transitions. The entire facility is covered in years of graffiti, the new covering the old, giving it plenty of character. This is a firm favourite of the most daring of local skaters and if you’ve ever wanted to go Lords of Dogtown style and skate an empty pool, these bowls are as close as you’ll get without being slapped with a trespass notice.
Barry Curtis Skate Park
One of Auckland’s newest skate parks, Barry Curtis has recently opened in Botany. It is jam-packed full of features, laid out perfectly for easy flow. There are multiple bowls and a premium open street course filled with numerous ledges, stairs, gaps, ramps and handrails. The surface is super smooth, providing good speed.
Another Shore favourite, Albany’s Hooten Reserve is a super clean and creative skating facility, with a good balance of both street and transition features. It has a cool, colourful look with tiles and red-brick design cutting across its elements. The street area features ramps and ledges, stairs, manual pads and a quarter pipe, while the transition side has two bowls. One of the bowls is small with a bit of a rougher surface, while the other is deep and smooth, providing fast transitions and pool-style skating.
A fun little street plaza located in Auckland’s central west. Although small, it is extremely awesome to skate. The area is packed with numerous obstacles—all modelled directly from real street spots. Here you’ll find a brick stencilled bank with a cantilevered bench and cantilevered banks, numerous ledges, a rail, skate-able rocks, ramps with a euro gap and a freestanding wave. A great place to get creative with your flow and perfect some tricks!
Marlborough Skate Park
Marlborough is a big open plan skating arena, with a super smooth surface and numerous hips, pumps and speed lines scattered around between a few bowls. This is a park designed to satisfy your need for speed, perfect for transition favouring skaters. In addition to the main attraction of the dips and rises, there are also a few ledges and stairs around the place providing a variety of skating options.
Swanson Skate Park
A cute little skate park located in West Auckland. Recently redecorated, Swanson now features a lively design with pops of bright colour set against the grey of the concrete. The park has a multi-level layout with ramps, rails, quarter-pipes and barriers connecting the lower and higher levels.