Cabin fever on a warm summer day? Consider a walking meeting after an inspiring presentation at PRRES 2018! We’re lucky to be located adjacent to the Auckland Domain and in the midst of Auckland’s historic past. Here are some tips from the locals:
Auckland Domain bush walks
A little known secret, but in a five minute walk from the conference venue, you can be in an urban bush oasis! Walk out from Level 1 of the Owen G Glenn Building and turn left, down Grafton Road. Cross the motorway and the off-ramp to reach the Auckland Domain. A recommended route is then to turn left and walk up Domain Drive (next to the Tennis Arena) on the right hand side of the road. About 100 m past the Tennis Arena, you’ll see signs for the Nikau Walk and then the Lovers Walk (see map). Disappear into the bush and walk uphill to exit the Lovers Walk at the Duck Pond, then retrace your steps downhill, taking an alternate exit. Allow 30-40 minutes for a circuit from the venue to the Duck Pond and back.
University of Auckland Heritage Trail.
Explore the history of Auckland University and Albert Park, with many old buildings revealing the dynamic history of New Zealand’s largest city. A detailed self-guided walk is available here: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/arts-culture-heritage/heritage-walks-places/Documents/university-heritage-trail.pdf [Tip: Search Google for “University Heritage Trail Auckland”]. Start at Building #16 (the “Old Tuck Shop”) which is directly opposite the Level 1 Entrance to the Owen G Glenn Building on Grafton Road. Depending on how deep you wish to engage with the stories in the e-guide, this walk can take between 30 minutes and 2 hours.
Auckland Domain Heritage Walk.
Past the bush walks at the top of the Domain, starting at the War Memorial Museum (the prominent building at the top of the Domain), a self-guided walk with a 37 minute audio soundtrack covers the cultural and historical importance of the Auckland Domain. Find the route and audio download here: http://www.parnell.org.nz/parnell-community-centre/heritage-walks/auckland-domain [Search Google for “Parnell Heritage Walks Domain”]. Allow 2 hours for the full experience.