Activities

Abseiling

Abseiling

Abseiling site available at Huia in the Waitakere Ranges.

Ambury Farm Birthday Parties

Ambury Farm Birthday Parties

Thinking of holding your child's birthday party at Ambury Regional Park! Click on the icon for further information about our birthday packages!

Art in the parks

Art in the parks

Traditional Maori carvings grace the entrance ways to many of our regional parks. You can also enjoy other sculptures and large scale art works.

Bird watching

Bird watching

Bird watching is a highlight in many of our regional parks. Experience the gannet colony at Muriwai, Kiwi at Tawharanui and Kokako in the Hunua Ranges.

Boating

Boating

Please be aware of, and follow, water safety guidelines. Trailer launching is available from some parks.

Camping - back country

Camping - back country

There are 24 back-country campgrounds, accessible by foot and some by water, spread throughout the regional parks network. Call 301 0101 to make a booking.

Camping - vehicle based

Camping - vehicle based

There are 18 vehicle-based campgrounds within the regional parks network.

Disc golf

Disc golf

Disc golf also known as Frisbee Golf is a flying disc game, as well as a precision and accuracy sport, in which individual players throw a flying disc at a target.

Diving

Diving

A number of our east coast parks offer fantastic diving opportunities.

Dog walking prohibited

Dog walking prohibited

Parks and locations where Dog walking is prohibited

Dog walking with restrictions

Dog walking with restrictions

Dogs are welcome in some parks; however, for the protection of native species, fragile ecosystems and farm animals, there are restrictions in many parks.

Education

Education

Educational programmes are available for schools and youth groups. For further information contact the council on 09 890 8646.

Farm animals - viewing

Farm animals - viewing

While you can see animals on all of our farm parks, the farm animals at Ambury are family favorites. You can see sheep, goats, cows, pigs, lambs (in spring), chickens, turkey, rabbits and peacocks.

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing is allowed in some parks but strictly prohibited in others (especially marine reserves). Please check the rules for each park before fishing and follow all (MPI) regulations

Horse riding

Horse riding

Auckland Council regional parks have designated areas/routes for horse riding. There are parks where casual riding is permitted, please contact the Council for more details.

Kayaking

Kayaking

There is some great sea and surf kayaking around the Auckland coastline, as well as many good spots for launching your kayak and combining your paddling with an overnight stay.

Lamb feeding (seasonal)

Lamb feeding (seasonal)

Feeding times may vary with the seasons and as animals get older.

Milking (seasonal)

Milking (seasonal)

During Spring time at Ambury Regional Park you can see dairy cows being milked 7 days a week at 10am each day. Milking has started at 10am daily.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking

Enjoy mountain biking trails in regional parks across farm trails and roads, as well as established mountain bike trails.

Orienteering

Orienteering

Orienteering courses are located across the regional parks.

Paragliding

Paragliding

Casual use is only allowed from designated approved sites. All organized group and event paragliding is discretionary and requires approval.

Picnics

Picnics

Auckland regional parks offer a variety of bookable and casual picnic sites for everyone to enjoy throughout the year. Bookings are recommended for larger groups of more than 50.

Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Regional parks offer stunning signtseeing opportunities; whether it is coastal vistas, native bush or rolling paddocks.

Surfing

Surfing

Our regional parks have a number of great surf locations. Popular beaches are Tawharanui up north, and Piha, Bethells and Muriwai on the west coast.

Swimming

Swimming

Regional parks beaches range from the calm, golden sands of the northern and southern parks, to the rough and wild, black sand beaches in the west.

Volunteering

Volunteering

There are many volunteering opportunities that allow you to make a real difference in our regional parks. For volunteering at 'Ark in the Park', see www.arkinthepark.org.nz or contact (09)810 7014.

Walks (1 hour or more)

Walks (1 hour or more)

There are many longer walks and tracks to explore throughout our regional parks.

Walks (less than 1 hour)

Walks (less than 1 hour)

Our regional parks offer walking tracks to suit any age or fitness level. Choose from a range of short walks and take in breathtaking views from the various lookouts.

Wedding or civil union

Wedding or civil union

If you are planning to hold your civil union or wedding ceremony, or reception in one of Auckland's many beautiful regional parks, you must apply for an event permit.