Kauri Park - Auckland
Take suitable footwear and an extra layer of clothing as the the loop walk is steep and considerably cooler under the tree canopy as you descend.
Take a trip to Birkenhead on Auckland's North Shore to uncover a beautiful forest off the tourist trail. The trees in Kauri Park are between 200 and 400 years old , surrounding a large stream which flows into Soldier Bay.
One of the most interesting aspects of the park is the relationship of the cold climate hard beech with the warm climate kauri tree both thriving in the same environment. Kauri Park is also notable for its rich mix of ferns and flowering native orchids that provide an ideal habitat for many native birds, including tui, ruru, fantail, New Zealand Pigeon and riroriro.
The main entrance from Rangitira Road leads to the start of the loop track which takes 1.5 hours to complete. The walk is narrow and steep in places and not suitable for young children.
Please note that there are limited parking spaces at the main entrance of the park at Rangitira Road. There is also another entry to the park at Hebe Place which is off Kauri Road.