|

5 of the best pram-friendly walks Auckland has on offer

Auckland is fortunate to have many walks that are suitable for the whole family. To make life even easier for you, these are 5 of our favourite pram-friendly walks Auckland has on offer. Each and every one of them are fantastic!

Auckland is the perfect stomping ground for intrepid explorers – and age is no barrier! From little toes squelching in tidal mudflats to impromptu picnics beside postcard-worthy sandy beaches, there are plenty of beautiful places to explore.

But for parents, not all adventures are suitable for little ones tucked up in buggies. Where previously you happily strolled off-piste or on walks with stairs, these walks can become a logistical nightmare with a buggy – no one wants to cut their family adventures cut short!

Even if your little one enjoys getting out of the stroller for the odd walk, you may choose to hike with your pram in tow – just in case.

Each of these Auckland day walks is memorable for all the right reasons. They cover beautiful parts of Tāmaki Makaurau, are easy to get to, suitable for kids (should they choose to walk for a while) and of course, above all else, are buggy-friendly!

So with all that said, these are our favourite spots to take your small explorers for a pram-friendly stroll (or wheel) in Auckland.

Save 10% on the amazing Outdoor Kid guide books using the promo code NZTT. In these guidebooks, you’ll find countless walks, playgrounds and adventures to keep the little ones entertained for free! You’ll also get free urban shipping, a pack of wild birdseed and a beautiful poster too.

Our Favourite Pram Friendly Walks in Auckland

Maungarei Springs Wetland

The sound of rock crushing at this former quarry was once deafening, but now it’s a peaceful oasis with just the mellow chirps of native birds ‘interrupting’ the serenity.

Meander through the wetland and soak up views of Maungarei/Mount Wellington and the dramatic bluestone rock faces beneath Lunn Avenue (which just so happens to be the perfect post-walk cafe stop). Occasionally you can spot climbers clambering up the rock walls.

This wetland is a relatively short adventure, which makes it perfect for little ones finding their feet or older kids mastering two wheels.

Beneath the wetland is a basalt lava field, created when Maungarei/Mount Wellington erupted approximately 9,000 years ago. After sixty-five of quarrying here, the wetland was restored and now helps treat stormwater from the nearby Stonefields urban development.

Allow 30 minutes for a stroll around the loop.

Parking is available on Tephra Boulevard.

Dogs are allowed on lead.

Western Springs Path

This spring-fed lake was one of the city’s earliest water sources and has become an urban wildlife sanctuary for an array of native and exotic birds. The lake is called Te Wai Ōrea, which means ‘waters of the eel’.

There’s a wide, flat path that loops around the urban bird sanctuary, which means you can grab a friend for a stroll and wrangle two buggies.

The lake is also home to the endangered native kūwharuwharu/longfin eel which grows at a glacial pace of between one and two centimetres each year. Peer over the picturesque humped red bridges and see if you can spot one of these remarkable creatures lurking in the shallows.

The main walking loop has wooden seats and picnic tables if you’d like to extend your visit. There are plenty of grassed areas to kick a ball around or challenge the family to a game of cricket. Nearby are the Auckland Zoo, and Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) which regularly operates a tram around the park.

Allow 30 minutes for a casual stroll around the loop. Don’t miss the great playground and free Fukuoka Garden with its iconic tea pavilion and waterfall.

Dogs are allowed on lead.

There’s plenty of parking on Motions Road, Western Springs.

Maraetai Coastal Pathway

Maraetai Beach is a classic Kiwi summer spot with pōhutukawa trees and white-sandy beaches. It also has a plethora of ice-cream shops touting their wares – perfect if you need a cheeky bribe!

There are a couple of ways to maximise your visit. If you’re feeling frisky, you can attack the six-kilometre (one way) Beachlands-Maraetai Walkway which takes you past important archaeological and cultural sites.

But if you’re looking for a more kid-friendly adventure, the four-kilometre (return) section between Maraetai Beach and Ōmana Regional Park still has plenty of highlights. This shorter route will take you through the rocky headlands of Te Pene Point and past small bays where you can jump off the bikes and take a cooling dip. Bring lunch to cook on the electric barbecues at Ōmana Beach.

Allow two hours (4 km return) to walk, picnic and swim. This is plenty of parking near Maraetai Park. The path starts behind the Maraetai Beach Boating Club.

Dogs are allowed on lead.

Weona-Westmere Coastal Walkway

This impressive boardwalk winds through mangroves and pōhutukawa trees along the coastal fringe of Westmere – and provides opportunities for some fun bird-twitching.

It passes through a significant ecological area teeming with native flora and fauna; pōhutukawa, nīkau, kōwhai and cabbage trees shroud the pathway.

And, if you slow down the pace, you’ll probably sneak up on a few kōtare/sacred kingfishers perched on the railings eyeing up tasty morsels in the estuary beside Western Springs Creek.

With all the birdsong and views across to Te Tokaroa/Meola Reef and the Waitematā Harbour, this out-and-back adventure feels isolated from the nearby bustling city – a slice of wilderness in the urban jungle.

After the boardwalk ends, the path does narrow a bit (but is still buggy-friendly) and become more undulating as it heads north to a small beach and past cute boat sheds belonging to nearby residents before ending at stairs leading up to Westmere Park Avenue.

This buggy-friendly adventure starts from near 40 Lemington Road, Westmere. Allow about one hour to complete.

Dogs on leads are allowed.

Tōtara-Tahi, Stokes Point Reserve

The Auckland Harbour Bridge dwarfs this tiny historic headland on Northcote Point, and kids will love standing beneath the bridge to hear the cars rumbling past just metres above them.

This vantage point was occupied for many centuries, and remnants of Te Ōnewa Pā can still be seen today. The boardwalk from the car park crosses the village’s defensive ditch and leads to a waka-shaped pou whenua (land-marker post) that acknowledges the gods, future leaders and community. Māori who lived here enjoyed a rich diet including shellfish, berries, kūmara and fish – especially sharks.

In the mid-1800s the site and surrounding area were purchased by the government and subdivided. The Auckland Harbour Bridge was built in the late 1950s and has overshadowed this historic site.

Allow 15 minutes to soak up the city views. There is plenty of parking at the end of Princes Street, on Northcote Point.

Dogs on leads are also fine.


Looking for Even More Pram-Friendly Walks In and Around Auckland?

Discover more than 100 walks and bike rides in the Outdoor Kid Auckland Guidebook – from bush-clad waterfalls to inner-city parks, playgrounds and MTB parks.

The guidebook covers urban adventures through to the Hunua Ranges and west coast beaches. There are outings for all ages and abilities and all include clear descriptions and accessibility icons for little legs, bikes, wheelchairs and buggies – they’ll even let you know if the family pooch can join the adventure!

Save 10% on the amazing Outdoor Kid guide books using the promo code NZTT. You’ll also get free urban shipping, a pack of wild birdseed and a beautiful poster too.

Guest post: Outdoorsy mum, Ceana Priest, is on a mission to get young kids outdoors on intrepid local adventures. The former journalist and conservation ranger has been exploring Auckland with her four-year-old son and has written a family guidebook for walks and bike rides throughout the region (and beyond). If you’re looking for awesome family-friendly suggestions, we suggest you check her out.

Similar Posts