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Loved by the locals: Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is big on big views but my favourite is looking east across the inner bay from...


The waterfront at Russell. © Northland Inc

Matakana coast and country: weekend wonderland

It’s not that long ago that Matakana was just a bend in the road between Warkworth and Leigh.

Loved by the locals: Hokianga

Explore the ancient natural rock formations of the Wairere Boulders, inland from Hōreke.

Loved by the locals: Rodney

Just north of Kaukapakapa, turn off State Highway 16 and visit the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens.

Loved by the locals: North Shore

Before the Harbour Bridge was opened, the North Shore was a retreat for artistic types, and many well-known plays, short...

Hokianga: harbouring history

From the look and feel of the Hokianga today, it’s hard to believe it used to be one of the...

The Hauraki Gulf: islands of the north wind

The warm and sheltered waters of the Hauraki Gulf have been home to humans for up to a thousand years,...

Auckland's North Shore: the ‘other side’

They say there are two kinds of Aucklanders: those who live on the North Shore and those who want to.

Rodney: twin coasts

Where the city runs out, Rodney begins.


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