The very best Day Walks in and near Auckland!

Here are 5 big reasons to join one of our stunning ATC day walks:

  1. we’re organised and our hikes run like clockwork (we’ve been doing this for a long time!)

  2. transport is arranged for weekend hikes – normally in Big Blue, our wonderful Club bus

  3. our leaders are highly experienced – true outdoor experts

  4. you’ll go to terrific locations you probably wouldn’t get to otherwise

  5. our group sizes are ideal – not too big, not too small


Superb Auckland Hikes – Wednesdays and Weekends

Wednesday walks

We currently run organised Auckland walks every second Wednesday. These are easier hikes, typically 4-5 hours long, timed to miss peak hour traffic. E-mail or text our leader to register your interest, then simply turn up at the start time and place.

Not a member? No problem, you’re more than welcome. If this is your first time out with the Club, just give the leader a courtesy call 2013 04 21 Mercer Bay 3

Weekend day hikes

Climb aboard Big Blue and join us for the very best day hiking near Auckland!

Anywhere within 2 hours drive is fair game for us – the Waikato, Hunuas, Coromandel, Kaimais, Waitaks, and a swag of places North. If there’s a stunning hiking location near Auckland, you can bet we go there – the very best bush tracks, beaches and ridgelines. You’re guaranteed great views, an energetic work out and stimulating company – perfect!

Our weekend day hikes can be either Saturday or Sunday.

PLUS, every second month we schedule an awesome two day event with camping ground accommodation and a terrific hike each day.


Non-members are always welcome on our Weekend day hikes, but please phone the leader first. 

Check out our superb Auckland day walk programme


 You don’t need to book for a weekend Day Walk, but please text or e-mail the leader for a Wednesday tramp. Then just meet at the departure point.

BUT, If this is your first trip with the club, please phone the leader beforehand.

You’ll need to pay the advertised fare in cash on the day.


Our Auckland day hike gradings

Easy:      3 - 5 hours hiking Slower pace, suitable for beginners with reasonable fitness
Medium: 5 - 6 hours hiking Suitable for those with some experience and good fitness
Long / Fit: 6 - 8 hours and over Fast pace, experience and a high level of fitness necessary



Pararaha waterAs a Tramping Club, the tracks/routes we take may be different from those you're accustomed to. On any day walk you may encounter hilly terrain, muddy tracks with tree roots and other obstacles, and un-bridged stream crossings – welcome to tramping in New Zealand ! Yep, this sort of terrain can be challenging – and tiring! 

So please wear suitable clothing and footwear – see below.

Wondering if you’re fit enough ?

Have a go at the Auckland Coast to Coast walkway (including climbing Mt Eden & One Tree Hill). At 16 km and around 5 hours this is similar to a typical ATC day hike, so a good pointer for your fitness level.

But remember, our hikes will generally be rougher underfoot.

Day hike gear

Here’s what you need to bring on any of our ATC day hikes in or near Auckland:


A waterproof rain jacket with hood is essential

Fleece or wool jumper, warm hat, gloves

Torch & spare batteries

Lunch & snacks, water

Sunscreen, sunhat

Toilet paper, etc

First Aid Kit

Small towel

Change of clothing and shoes including a plastic bag for your dirty boots and clothes (all to be left in the bus or car)


Keen to learn more about tramping gear? We have tons of good advice, recommendations of what to buy and checklists for longer tramps on our tramping gear page.

What to Wear

  •  Boots or stout shoes

  •  Shorts or quick dry trousers (not jeans)

  •  Shirt (wool or polypropylene layers, according to weather, not cotton)

Day trips returning late

Yep, it happens - breakdowns, injuries, slower progress than expected.

These days there’s great cellphone coverage but if you need to contact us, don’t hesitate. See the Club Contacts page for who to call.

Day Hike Safety

As a Club we take safety seriously, so you’re in good hands. We’ll always have a designated person out front, and a reliable Tail End Charlie out back.

We’ve got two rules everyone needs to know about:

  1. We always stop at track junctions to allow the group to catch up and make sure no one takes a wrong turn.

  2. You need to tell someone if you need to stop or leave the track for a toilet stop or any other reason - leave your daypack on the track.

In general though, your safety is your responsibility, so make sure you’ve got the right gear and are fit enough for the walk. And be sure to let the leader know if you have a medical condition – just in case.

Go at your own pace (it’s not a race!), and above all make sure you enjoy your walk.

Day walk details

Click on an entry in the Day Walk Calendar to see details for that walk. It’ll tell you where we’re going, how long the walk is, departure times and more.

For pickup locations, directions and maps, see here.

For any other info, contact the leader.

Note: Dogs and firearms are not permitted on any club trips.

Find your next Auckland day walk now!


Not up for an ATC day hike just yet?

- Then check out our latest trip reports – they’re informative, amusing, illuminating.

- Or how about coming along to one of our social nights? There’ll be a stimulating talk or presentation, cuppa, and chance for a good old chinwag. We’d love to see you. See what's coming up .

- And make sure to have a gander at our wonderful club mag – the one and only Wanderlust.



Trip Leaders can download a blank Trip List form for private transport trips.