There’s a reason why New Zealand is such a gem: we’re lucky enough not to have our secret spots packed with tourists. While we've shared Auckland's prettiest walks, and the best hikes and walks in Auckland, we thought it time to let the cat out of the bag (so to speak) and share our favourite Auckland walks that you've probably never heard of…because not all who wander are lost…
Located among the Waitakere Ranges, the Cascade Falls are a little off the beaten track. Keep an eye out for low-key signage and, when you turn down the path, you’ll be faced with some rocks. Climb over them and you’ll be greeted with a falls (as their name suggests) a cascade. Hidden between rocks, this really is an Auckland walk that is both beautiful and secret.
Karamatura Loop Walk
The Karamatura Loop Walk can be found at Huia Regional Park. The track will take you through the Karamatura stream, over a bridge and past a steep cliff face. There, you’ll find yourself at the foot of the Karamatura Falls hiding behind a big rock. The terrain is fairly difficult so we wouldn’t recommend bringing the kids to this one.
Upper Huia Dam
This Auckland walk is found off Huia Regional Park, and pays to spend the day exploring. The Upper Huia Dam is set along the old tramline, and you’ll reach a spot with the view overlooking the entire ranges, while standing above a waterfall. This is definitely one spot you’ll want to see.
The Karekare Falls can be found in the Waitakere Ranges, near Karekare village. They’re better (and a little more secretive) than the Kitekite falls that everyone goes to. It’s an easy walking track to get to the lookout, however if you want to go for a dip, you’ll need to walk to the top of the falls which is about at 30-minute trek.
Bridal Veil Falls
The name explains the view you’ll have when you reach these falls, is just like a bride’s veil. A bit further than your usual West Coast walk, these falls are located in Raglan. If you’ve got some little groms with you, or need wheelchair access, you can view the falls from the two top viewing platforms. And if you want to explore more you can head down the steep stairs to check out the falls from the bottom.
Goldie Bush Walkway
The Goldie Bush Walkway has the infamous bridge crossing, set amongst beautiful native Kauri trees and is one of the best Auckland walks you can do. Remember to spray your shoes at the beginning of the track to protect the Kauri. This walk is 4.5km each way, so if you want a harder track you can continue along the Mokoroa Stream Track, or head to the Mokoroa Falls. There are plenty of picturesque spots on this hike!
Oakley Creek Falls
Not many people know there’s a waterfall right here in Auckland. That’s right, the Oakley Creek Falls are situated within Oakley Creek Reserve, on the outskirts of Mount Albert. It’s a small hike—a five-minute walk—and small falls, at six metres high, but it’s the perfect little nature get away within Auckland.