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Chatswood Reserve

The Chatswood Reserve in Birkenhead is a remnant of the kauri/hard beech forest that once covered much of North Shore City. The reserve is botanically rich and is reached from 17 entrances from surrounding Chatswood streets.

Leigh Reserve

Leigh Reserve is a beautiful scenic reserve in Glenfield spanning 5.3 hectares with a well structured walkway system. Found at the corner of Leigh Terrace and Morriggia Place in Glenfield, a spectacular feature of the reserve is a mighty kauri tree, estimated to be around 700 years old.

Whitford Bird Garden

Enjoy New Zealand’s unique aviary of native and exotic plants and birds. Renowned wildlife artist, Blake Twigden, has combined a love of nature and his knowledge of plant and birdlife in one spectacular environment. 100 Trig Road, Whitford, phone 530 8807.

Auckland Domain

It’s always good to get out in the fresh air with the kids, so go on an expedition to feed the ducks at the Auckland Domain. There is plenty to do here including visiting the museum (entry by donation) and the Winter Gardens with exotic plantlife in the glasshouses and a magical fernery. Check out […]


For skateboarding action take the kids with boards, blades and bikes to a skate park. Try out Shadbolt Park in New Lynn, Parrs Park in Glen Eden, Pringle Park in Te Atatu Peninsula or Te Pai Park in Henderson which also has a nearby playground, and is adjacent to the well-used netball and tennis courts.

Kapiti Miniature Railway

Close to beach, pool and playground and only $1 a 200m ride. Also indoor model railway. Sun & pub hols 1-4pm. Garden Rd, Raumati Beach.

Nga Manu Nature Reserve

Wheelchair and pushchair accessible. Open 10am – 5pm daily except Christmas Day. Eel feeding 2pm. Group bookings available outside these hours.