Five excellent days out with kids in Auckland

Here are five more great ideas for getting out and about with the kids...

Loved by the locals: Hauraki Gulf Islands

An Irish pub might be the last thing you would expect to find on Great Barrier Island, but that’s exactly...

Loved by the locals: Golden Bay

Putting the impersonal multiplex of your hometown to shame, this ad-free, non-profit community theatre is run by a charitable trust.

Loved by the locals: Tararua

Whariti Peak, at the southern end of the Ruahine Range, is one of the highest points that you can drive...

Loved by the locals: Matakana

I think Scandrett is the most beautiful and special of all Auckland’s regional parks – but I admit I’m biased.

Small town treasure: Waipū

Waipū, just an hour and a half north of Auckland, is a small town steeped in Scottish heritage.

Loved by the locals: Waiheke Island

Whakanewha Regional Park in Rocky Bay, aka Ōmiha, provides a respite from busy tour buses and summer heat.

Loved by the locals: Central Hawke's Bay

Visit Oruawharo in Tākapau for high tea and a tour of the sprawling 150-year-old homestead.

Four picks for a weekend in Whakatāne

Whakatāne is a busy, attractive, riverside town and, nearby, Ōhope has a sublime beach

Five picks for a weekend in Takapuna

A short drive across Auckland’s harbour bridge leads to an iconic beach, great cafés and, in summer, water-based activities in...

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