Like all big cities, there is a sense of energy and excitement to Auckland, says the Council. But it is natural and healthy to seek out an emotional and physical escape from the hustle and bustle. Fortunately, reconnecting with nature and recharging your wairua (spirit) in Tāmaki Makaurau is easy – whether you prefer to do so on your own, or with whānau and friends. Some of the great relaxing spots across our region include Stairway to Heaven (Clevedon), Lovers Walk (Pukekawa/Auckland Domain), Karamatura Falls (Waitākere Ranges Regional Park), Waikōwhai Park (Hillsborough), and Scotts Landing (Mahurangi Scenic Reserve).