Gardens and Parks in Auckland

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

Rotunda in Albert Park

Albert Park

Princes Street, Auckland Central

Cost: FREE

Auckland Domain and wintergardens

Auckland Domain

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.

Cost: FREE

Parnell Rose Gardens

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.

Cost: Free

Tulip Festival at Eden Garden

Eden Garden

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

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

Auckland from the top of Mt Eden

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.

Cost: FREE

Mt Wellington (Credit: Auckland for Kids)

Mount Wellington

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.

Cost: FREE

One Tree Hill Domain in Auckland, NZ

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,creamerybistro 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.

Swans at Western Springs

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

Highfield Donkey

Highfield Garden Reserve & Donkeys

Gordon Place, Algies Bay, North Auckland

Long Bay Regional Park in Auckland, NZ

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 for Kids at Auckland Botanic Gardens

Auckland Botanic Gardens

102 Hill Road, Manurewa, South Auckland

Opening hours:
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.

Barry Curtis Park and Playground in Flatbush

Barry Curtis Park

201-203 Chapel Road, Flat Bush, South Auckland (Click here for a map)

94 hectare park with sculptures, playground, picnic facilities, sports fields, wetlands with ponds and boardwalks.

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.

Mangere Mountain

Mangere Mountain

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.

Cost: FREE

Otuataua Stonefields

Otauataua Stonefields

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.

Puhinui Reserve

Puhinui Reserve

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

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

Olympic Park Playground in New Lynn, Auckland

Olympic Park

Portage Road, New Lynn

Seven hectare park with a playground, sports field, Avondale Spider sanctuary, stream, local art work, community garden and toilets.

Cost: FREE

moths and butterflies ecowest

West Lynn Garden

73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn

West Lynn Garden is a public garden covering 4.5 acres with a butterfly house.

Cost: $3 entry