Author(s): Diana Balham
When you begin looking, Auckland contains a surpassing number of hidden places where local folk walk, relax and exercise their dogs. Here is a guide to some of them.
This book is not intended to be the last word on every charming picnic spot or interesting bush track in Auckland. Rather, it is a collection of ideas for fun, recreation and relaxation at some of the less well-known places to visit in and around this beautiful city - including both suggestions for day trips and the hidden suburban reserves that you can pop in and out of if you have a spare half hour. The emphasis is very much on free (or cheap) good times. Each and every one of these hidden gems has something special or significant that sets it apart from the rest, and, most importantly, all the locations are easily accessible to anyone with a car. Written in Diana Balham's trademark vivacious and quirky style, it is as entertaining as it is practical.
Diana Balham is a freelance journalist and writer with a passion for travel and the great outdoors. Many of her travel stories have appeared in the New Zealand Listener over the last few years. She and her partner and young son live on Auckland's west coast.