Go wild at Splore

Get out the body paint and glitter for Splore – New Zealand’s biggest fancy dress party.


Get into the festival spirit at Splore. © Bas Van Est

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3.7 /5
Golflands Motel Visit website

21 modern, fully equipped, spacious units, studio to 2-bedroom. Underfloor heating. Guests comment on high standard of cleanliness. Alongside 10th green Pakuranga Country Club. . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Coromandel: a kid-friendly road trip

Travelling the less-sandy side of the Coromandel Peninsula with no plans and a child on board. What could possibly go wrong?  Read the story . . . 

3.1 /5
Knightsbridge Motor Lodge Visit website

34 modern ground-floor units. Walking distance to MIT, 15 minutes to the airport. Close to Hunters Plaza Shopping Centre and swimming pools. . . . More . . . 

4.4 /5
4.4 /5
Grange Motor Lodge Visit website

AA Supreme Host of the Year Award 2004 & 2005. Winner: Westpac Manukau Business Excellence Award for Tourism and Hospitality 2008. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Franklin: coast to coast charm

Boasting cafés, vineyards, farmers’ markets and beaches; a vintage steam railway, even a racing car track – there’s an awful lot to do in this bucolic corner of the country. Read the story . . . 

4.2 /5
Airport Manor Inn Visit website

3 minutes from airport, within walking distance of many restaurants, near main road leading to inner city centre. 20 quality and fully equipped units with . . . More . . . 

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Heritage and history

New Zealand on film: more than hobbits and snowy mountainscapes

Movies have put New Zealand on the map. But there's much more to New Zealand film than The Lord of the Rings... Read the story . . . 

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4.9 /5
Mercer Backpackers Visit website

Historic Mercer Hotel Backpackers is at Mercer Airport on Koheroa Rd between SH 1 at Mercer and SH 2 at Mangatawhiri. . . . More . . . 

3.7 /5
Budget Travellers Inn Visit website

Ideally located close to Auckland Airport and 1.5km to Rainbow's End Theme Park, Manukau Shopping Centre, restaurants, cinemas, tenpin bowling, greyhound racing and more. . . . More . . . 

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Food and drink

Street food and markets: around the world in New Zealand

From bacon butties in Dunedin to dumpling and donuts in Auckland or fresh veges on Wellington's windy waterfront, New Zealand's food markets are a great way to eat. Read the story . . . 

4.6 /5
4.6 /5
Aveda Motor Lodge Visit website

Aveda Motor Lodge provides superb new motel accommodation in Pukekohe and offers guests a range of comfortable suites - from studio to 1 and 2-bedrooms. . . . More . . . 

4.2 /5
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4.2 /5
Orere Point TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Your leisure, our pleasure. A friendly family holiday park. Only 5 minutes walk to safe beach, fishing or boating. Kayaks available. . . . More . . . 

From $42
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Natural attractions

South Auckland stroll

The best way to introduce yourself to a new area is to take a stroll with a local. The tips and places you will visit will depend on that local’s personal experience Read the story . . . 

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