The largest city in New Zealand has beautiful museums and parks and is entered from the north via a series of coastal communities.
The views are astounding on the Mangawhai Cliffs, after a long road walk, Blissful camps on Pakiri Beach.
From Pakiri beach, it's straight up into muddy bush and views from Mt Tamahunga before the Dome Forest.
It's "tramping track" through the Dome Forest, one boardwalk section of Kauri, and a long walk to Puhoi.
Blissful waits out the tides at the Puhoi Pub, then kayaks down the river to Wenderholm.
The tides must be timed to walk the beautiful rocky beach near Orewa, then it's road to Stillwater.
After water up to the navel in Okura Estuary, it's a beautiful walk down the North Shore to Auckland.
Absolutely exhausted from a month of walking, Blissful takes a well-deserved rest day, or "zero."
"Slackpacking" is section-backpacking while sleeping in the same place each night.
It's a rainy day for slackpacking up Maungakiecke and through Jellicoe Park to Manukau Bay.
The trail winds south through Ambury Park, reclaimed coastal wetlands and past the airport.