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The 10 Golden Picture Frames in Auckland


Picture perfect views in the Auckland region.

Just in case you didn’t know a picture perfect view when you saw it, Auckland Council erected 16 golden picture frames in Auckland’s most visually pleasing locations. Since the picture frames were put up in 1999, many have been taken down, as they were thought to be more of a scar on the landscape rather than highlighting its beauty. However, 10 remain for some fun shots. We challenge you to find them all! To help you on your way, here’s a list of where to find the golden picture frames in Auckland.

For more fun in Auckland, check out Where to Find Black Sand Beaches in Auckland.

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1. Hunua Falls

In the Hunua Range Regional Park, south of Auckland city, is the 30 metre high Hunua Falls. Not only does the area have a number of bush walks but it’s also a good place for a swim in the waterfall pool.

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2. Arataki Visitors Centre

Make a stop at the Arataki Visitors Centre to get a photo with this picture frame capturing the Waitakere Ranges, in the north west of Auckland.


3. Waitakere Ranges

Another shot of the Waitakere Ranges can be found at Cascade Park. Walk among giant kauri trees in this northern part of the ranges. [Update: the tracks at Cascade Park are closed for kauri protection. See the Auckland council website for closed track].

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4. Shakespear Regional Park

Beaches, native bush and pastureland can be found at Shakespear Regional Park on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula in Auckland’s North Shore.


5. Sullivans Bay

Situated in Mahurangi Regional Park, north of Orewa, is the picture perfect campground and beach of Sullivans Bay.


6. Tapapakanga Regional Park

This coastal park is north of the Hunua Ranges. Enjoy beaches and coastal walks.


7. Wenderholm Regional Park

Another beach getaway is in the Wenderholm Regional Park, just north of Waiwera in North Shore.


8. Long Bay Regional Park

Plenty of people spend summer on this stretching beach between Albany and Silverdale, North Shore.


9. Awhitu Regional Park

What a shocker: more beaches! It’s also worth climbing the steps to the lighthouse for views over the rugged coast of the Awhitu Penninsula, south of Auckland city.


10. Ambury regional Park

This working farm on the Manukau Harbour, South Auckland, is the perfect place for bird and sheep spotting.


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