Gardens and Parks
Some of the BEST gardens and parks for families in Auckland, New Zealand. Take a picnic, a rug, balls, cricket gear and enjoy a family day outside enjoying one of Auckland’s FREE outdoor spaces.
If you are looking specifically for playgrounds, then please see our section on Auckland Playgrounds here.
Central Auckland Gardens and Parks
Park Road, Grafton, Central Auckland
Auckland City’s oldest 75ha park. Formal gardens, duck ponds, kiosk, band rotunda, wintergardens, bush walks, open spaces, sports fields and more.
Dove-Myer Robinson Park – Parnell Rose Gardens
85 to 87 Gladstone Road, Parnell, Central Auckland, New Zealand
Open hours: Pedestrian access 24 hours.
Rose garden with 5,000 rose bushes.
24 Omana Ave, Epsom, Central Auckland
Discover this wonderfully peaceful sanctuary in the heart of Auckland. Wander through the 5.5 acre award-winning garden on the side of Mt Eden. Explore the plant collections including perennials, vireyas, camellias, bromeliads and native New Zealand plants. There’s always something in bloom. Enjoy the waterfalls, rock formations, resident native birds and fabulous city and harbour views.
Cost: Kids under 12 FREE; Students and Seniors $6, Adults $8
Michael Joseph Savage Memorial
19 Hapimana Street (next to Bastion Point), Orakei, Auckland
49 hectatres of land above Takami Drive. Plenty of grassed areas for a picnic area, near the formal gardens with a pond. Superb views back to the city or out to Rangitoto. Their is a memorial to Michale Joseph Savage, the first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand. It is adjacent to the Ngai Whatua papakainga. It is a popular venue for flying kites. There is always a walkway down to Mission Bay from the summit too.Open: 6:30am to 8:30pm
Cost: FREE admdission
Mount Eden – Mangawhau
250 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden, Auckland
Mount Eden is the highest volcano in Auckland city at 196 metres high. Enjoy spectacular 360-degree views of Auckland and its harbours from the summit.
Maungarei Memorial Drive, Mount Wellington, Auckland
Mount Wellington is 135 metres high and is the youngest’s volcano in Auckland.
It is a perfect spot to watch the sun set over the city. There are few picnic tables by the parking area, and from there it is only a short walk up to the summit.
One Tree Hill Domain and Cornwall Park
670 Manukau Road, Epsom
One Tree Hill Domain and Cornwall Park is one of the largest areas of parkland in the central Auckland area. You can spot sheet and cattle grazing on the pastoral land. There is a cafe,creamery, bistro in Cornwall Park.
You can also take the kids to see the exhibits or a planetarium show at Stardome Planetarium and Observatory which is next to the playground.
Western Springs Park
731 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland
In between Auckland and Zoo and MOTAT this is a park surrounding a natural spring fed lake. There is lots of grass areas for picnics, and there is also a playground there too. If you go at the right time of year you might event spot.
North Auckland Parks and Reserves
Long Bay Regional Park
2000 Beach Road, Long Bay, North Shore, Auckland
Long Bay has 1 km of sandy beach a short walk across the parkland from all of the main car parks. Further north along the Coastal Walk there are two more bays which are suitable for swimming. Facilities include: toilets, playground, bookable picnic sites, bbqs, boat ramps, good cellphone coverage for most of the park, and the historic Vaughan Homestead.
South Auckland Gardens and Parks
Auckland Botanic Gardens
102 Hill Road, Manurewa, South Auckland
Winter: April to September 8:00am to 6:00pm
Summer: October to March 8:00am to 8:00pm
Cafe Miko is open daily from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Cost: FREE Entry.
Clevedon Scenic Reserve
Thorps Quarry Road, Clevedon, South Auckland
100ha reserve contains one of the few intact areas of native forest left in Manukau. Explore the wetland and wildlife, talk a walk up to the lookout. There is is a picnic area and toilets.
Cost: FREE entry.
17 Domain Road, Mangere, South Auckland
One of the best preserved of Auckland’s many volcanic cones. There are picnic tables, playground, skate parks, sports field and walking paths. You can also visit Mangere Mountain Education Centre to learn about Mangere Mountain’s rich volcanic and ancient Maori history.
56 Ihumatao Quarry Road, Mangere, South Auckland
This 100 hectare area was established to protect and perserve the archaeological remains of communites who lived here. You can see large scale stonework and earthwork remains that shows how people once lived. The Tangata whenua have requested that food is NOT consumed on the reserve as it is a sacred place. For more information about Otuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve see here.
108 Prices Road, Manukau, South Auckland
Best for bird watching, walking and mountain biking in the 199 hectare rural landscape in the Puhinui Peninsula. Puhinui Reserve is part of the Mataukuturua volanco field.
Wrights Water Gardens
128 Mauku Road, Patumahoe, Auckland
Ponds, colourful gardens and winding pathways surround the iconic Mauku Waterfall. The gardens are a great place for a family day out. Kids especially love our turtles, tadpoles and the eel pond. There are peacocks, turkeys, chickens, alpacas, and even toy poodles roaming around the gardens.
Cost: Kids under 5 are FREE; Kids aged 5 to 15 years old are $6; Students $12 Adults $12, Seniors $10
West Auckland Gardens and Parks
Portage Road, New Lynn
Seven hectare park with a playground, sports field, Avondale Spider sanctuary, stream, local art work, community garden and toilets.