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Source: Auckland Council

Take a step back in time with Auckland’s two new self-guided walking tours which encourage people to learn more about Tāmaki Makaurau’s history.

Pride Walks: The Gay Liberation Trail and Tāmaki Makaurau’s Original Inner-City Shoreline are now available on smart devices via the AKL City Tours app.

Supported by Auckland Council, the app has seven self-guided walking tours and can be downloaded from Google Play and The App Store.

Pride Walks: The Gay Liberation Trail traces steps the origins of the Gay Liberation movement which took place in Auckland in 1972.

Made up of mainly young people; the activist group is credited with bringing LGBTIQ+ community out of the closet and proudly onto the city’s street for the first time.

Taking Tāmaki Makaurau’s Original Inner-City Shoreline tour allows people to retrace the city’s original shoreline which has changed dramatically by reclamation in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The marinas and commercial wharves, which now stretch from Westhaven through to Judge’s Bay, are very different from the foreshore lived on and worked by Mana Whenua and sighted by the first European settlers to Auckland.

Auckland Council’s City Centre Place Activation Team Leader Barbara Holloway says AKL City Tours gives residents and visitors a glimpse into Auckland’s rich history and heritage.

“With an excellent variety of tours available everyone can take a step back in time to discover the history and cultural heritage which have helped shape the city and the best thing is the learning can be done at any pace.”

Self-guided walking tours available include:

  • Pride Walks: The Gay Liberation Trail
  • Tāmaki Makaurau’s Original Inner-City Shoreline
  • Aotea Quarter Public Art Guide
  • Karangahape Road Heritage Walk
  • Pubs, Cathedrals, Toilets and the City (CRL)
  • Te Ao Tangata Hikoi Universal Design Tour
  • Te Paparahi, Toi Māori Walks in the City

The AKL City Tours app is funded by the Auckland City Centre Targeted Rate and Auckland Council.