J.F. Kennedy Memorial Park Walk

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A walk in the JF Kennedy Memorial Park offers magestic views

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The J.F. Kennedy Memorial Park definitely has one of the best views of Rangitoto Island and the Hauraki Gulf, alongside a rich Maori and military history. 

On top of that, there is a great kid's playground and so much space to run.  It is a colourful mix of past and present.  So, if you are into history, running, dog walking or simply admiring great views, you will definitely love this place.

The park is also perfect for people who like long walks.  It is a mix of experiencing nature, ocean breeze and the sound of waves while having a daily walk routine. 

Most of the buses running from CBD Auckland stop on Lake Road, next to the Rose garden and a Shopping Centre.  You can get off there and walk down to the beach.  Once you reach the beach, you should head north towards Takapuna Beach cafe In front of the cafe, there is a walking path leading towards the campervan area.  That is the path to get you to Milford Beach, another beautiful and in my opinion, the best North shore beach for swimming and pedal boarding. 

From Milford beach Reserve,  you will need to go back to Beach Road and walk up the hill.  The road will lead you to Castor Bay, another great family spot with a large kid's playground.  You will then see the J.F. Kennedy Memorial walkaway. 

Your first experience will be an ancient Maori site dating back hundreds of years.  It is a great tree-covered corner area with Maori carvings, where you can take breathtaking photos.  The whole walk path provides plenty of picturesque spots. 

You will also see WWII gun emplacement areas, a children playground, and a huge place to run or picnic.  There are also very famous WWII tunnels you can visit. E ntrance to the tunnels (including tours), is by gold coin donation.  The tunnels are open for guided tours every second Sunday of the month, between 11.00am and 2.00pm.

Practical information:
  • Location: 139 Beach Rd, Castor Bay, Auckland Central
  • Distance: 15 km from Central Auckland, approximately 20-25 minutes' drive
  • Directions: If driving from the CBD Auckland, for the most scenic ride take SH 1 towards North, then take Esmond Road, and Lake Road. On the roundabout take Anzac Road, and shortly after at the second roundabout take Hurstmere Road, which will turn into Kitchener Road.  Next to Milford Shopping Centre, turn right and Take Omana Road, and then slide left to Inga Road and Beach Road. That road will take you to the park.
  • Bus Ride from Auckland: 40 - 50 minutes.  Use the Auckland Transport Journey Planner
  • Kids and dogs friendly
  • Bring waterproof shoes or gumboots if raining, especially if planning on visiting tunnels

Photos by Maja Krstic.