Auckland's islands: marine playground

Auckland is known as the City of Sails, and this is largely because it has some of the world’s best...


Islands in the gulf - view of Omaru Bay with Ponui Island in the background from Waiheke Island. © Steve Clancy

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We Love You New Zealand Magazine

New Zealand is brimming with lesser-known sweet spots. We’ve filled 113 pages with hundreds of ideas of things to see and do around the country in our online travel magazine. Read the story . . . 

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Official Auckland Visitor Guide

Discover the best of everything New Zealand's biggest city has to offer with the Official Auckland Visitor Guide. Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Must-Do's: Walking Travel Guide

Whether you’re hiking to a mountain summit or strolling through an urban landscape, there are walking options around New Zealand to suit everyone. Read the story . . . 

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Cycling

Must-Do's: Cycling Travel Guide

There are 22 Great Rides on Ngā Haerenga The New Zealand Cycle Trail, covering over 2,600 kilometres of the country. Check out our comprehensive overview of all the best cycle trails available in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Must-Do's: North Island Road Trips Travel Guide

Check out our Must-Do's guide to find attractions, activities, experiences and accommodation on your next North Island road trip. Read the story . . . 

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Meet marine mammals aboard an Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari

Discover the secrets of the Hauraki Gulf aboard a day cruise with Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safaris. Learn about different whale species in Auckland and meet pods of dolphins, not far from the city. Read the story . . . 

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Eight Must-Do walks to check out around New Zealand this summer

From short city strolls to more challenging coastal climbs, we’ve picked eight walks around New Zealand to check out before the end of summer.   Read the story . . . 

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Eight great family days out around Auckland

Looking for something a bit different to do in Auckland this summer? We’ve rounded up eight awesome day outings picked with families in mind. Read the story . . . 

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Surround yourself with birdsong on Tiritiri Matangi Island

One of the world’s most successful conservation projects can be found just off the coast of Auckland’s Whangapāraoa Peninsula.  Read the story . . . 

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Spend the day at one of Auckland's beautiful regional parks

From ancient lava flows to tidal estuaries and pōhutukawa-fringed coastlines, there are many landscapes to explore in the 27 regional parks around Auckland.  Read the story . . . 

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Six spectacular short walks for spring

Get back in touch with nature this spring. From coastal walkways to native forest trails; hidden waterfalls to ancient volcanoes, New Zealand is packed with short walks suitable for all levels of fitness. Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors: 10 wonderful winter walks

Winter doesn’t have to be a season of total hibernation. With some planning, safety precautions and sensible gear you can still enjoy the outdoors. We’ve picked out 10 short walks around New Zealand to get you inspired.   Read the story . . . 

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Activities

11 ideas for summer days in Auckland

When it’s T-shirts and togs weather in Auckland, the city sparkles with sunshine and smiling faces. We’ve picked 11 ideas to help make the most of a summery day.  Read the story . . . 

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Visit the islands of the Hauraki Gulf

In the Hauraki Gulf there are an abundance of intriguing, easily accessible islands to explore, right on Auckland City’s doorstep. Read the story . . . 

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Kayak to Rangitoto Island at sunset

Paddling your own sea kayak across the Waitemata Harbour is a magical experience at any time of day, but how about upping the ante and doing it on dusk.  Read the story . . . 

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Experience the sea as it’s meant to be at a marine reserve

New Zealand’s marine reserves and protected areas offer visitors a unique opportunity to see fish and marine life, thriving and abundant in their natural environment.   Read the story . . . 

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