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

Kawau Cruises Visit website

Water Taxis Our fleet of safe, high speed and comfortable Water Taxis are driven by professional skippers who have years of local experience. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Rodney: twin coasts

This is a land of two coasts: the white-sand beaches opening onto the benign waters of the Hauraki Gulf and the black sand shores of the west coast. Read the story . . . 

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Red Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Red Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park is located 25 minutes north of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, on the beautiful Hibiscus Coast, fringing Red Beach. . . . More . . . 

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Food and drink

Matakana Coast: markets, beaches and vineyards

Immerse yourself in a heady mix of arts, artisanal markets, boutique vineyards, olive groves, beautiful beaches and endless rolling hills. Read the story . . . 

Soljans Estate Visit website

We invite you to come in and sample our award-winning wines in the Cellar Door then relax and enjoy our exceptional New Zealand cuisine on . . . More . . . 

Martins Bay Holiday Park Visit website

Martins Bay offers a welcome coastal escape only an hour north of central Auckland. Located on the edge of a long stretch of sandy . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

Auckland’s West Coast: rugged beauty

From the secluded beach at Whatipu, to Rangitira Beach at the southern entrance to the Kaipara, the west coast beaches are strung like black pearls.  Read the story . . . 

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Whangateau Holiday Park Visit website

Whangateau Holiday Park, located at the gateway to the north and 5 minutes to Matakana Village. This tranquil, award-winning waterfront holiday park is ideal for . . . 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 . . . 

Matakana Village Visit website

In 2002 locals Richard and Christine Didsbury purchased the old Matakana timber yard, with a vision to transform the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it rural service spot into a . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Matakana coast and country: weekend wonderland

Not that long ago, Matakana was just a bend in the road between Warkworth and Leigh. Now it’s a byword for gourmet food, top-quality wine and arthouse cinema. Read the story . . . 

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Orewa Motor Lodge Visit website

PEACE AND QUIET IN A RURAL SETTING but only a 4 minute stroll to the centre of town. Here in Murchison, there is plenty for . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

Our marine reserves: treasures under the sea

In essence, the very simple overriding edict for a marine reserve is no take. Nothing may be removed: not fish, not seaweed, not stones, not feathers or shells off the beach. Read the story . . . 

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Waves Visit website

Waves sets new high standards for premium accommodation in Orewa. Superb modern design, clean and very comfortable... you can't go past Waves. . . . 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 . . . 

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