Do you find walking is one of the best ways to make the most of a City?
I do, and Auckland is no exception. It gets me moving, raises my heart rate, and for my efforts, I enjoy some seriously stunning routes on offer. Most of my walks were enjoyed on what are typical Auckland days, showers interspersed with bright sunshine.
During my early days in Auckland, I discovered I didn’t need to wander far to enjoy a heart-pounding walk. It was only 1.1 kms away. Just far enough away to warm up those calf muscles.
My first introduction to this walk was via Glenfell Place, a quaint, cherry blossom-lined street and, at the very end, a challenging flight of steps. They’re not too arduous as I achieved it reasonably quickly; okay, I admit I was puffing like Billy Goat Gruff, though my aim, unlike Billy, was to increase my fitness, not my girth.
By the time I reached the top, it was halfway up the mountain. I then chose to continue straight ahead and upwards on an off-road track or turn left and take the easy-going road route. I was feeling up for a challenge; it was my first time, so I took the off-road track, found it interesting and added it to my cardio workout.
You can guess which route I took on my second time up there. What can I say? The easy-going road route was more gentle on my niggling lower back and exceedingly more scenic. Since I had tackled half the mount via the steps, it wasn’t long before I caught a glimpse of the mountain summit. Which is the highest geographical point in Auckland; views of the Manukau and Waitematā harbours, Rangitoto and beyond took my breath away, and for a moment, I didn’t have a care in the world.
Views from the top
Snapshots of other ways to the summit:
It was worth the effort on more than one occasion; it was the best distraction of all; being out in fresh air enjoying nature no matter what the weather threw at me.