They are only a short drive to the west of Auckland, and are staggeringly beautiful forest-clad hills leading down to black sand beaches that stretch for miles.
There are walks from the short nature trail at the Arataki Visitor Centre, to longer tramps. If that's not enough, the market at Titirangi is recommended for arts and crafts and good coffee - as a bonus if you miss the market!
In the grounds of Cornwall Park there are sheep, cows, and chickens. There's room to play sport, built in BBQs, a lovely restaurant to have afternoon tea too. It really is a gorgeous park and although it gets busy on hot sunny days you'll still find space to relax in the greenery.
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