Tackle the Te Henga Walkway

Near the top of any Aucklander’s must-do list for their city are the dramatic black sand beaches of the west coast.


Spectacular views on the Te Henga Walkway. © Anthony Sowerby

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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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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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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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Bridgehouse Lodge Visit website

Stylish rustic bar and restaurant overlooking Mahurangi River. Enjoy outdoor dining in summer, huge open fires in winter. Great New Zealand food. . . . More . . . 

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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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Pinewoods Motor Park Visit website

Pinewoods is located 25 minutes north of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, on the beautiful Hibiscus Coast, fringing Red Beach. Red Beach is 2 kilometres long . . . 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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Parakai Springs Visit website

Welcome to Parakai Springs - A whole day of fun!Unleash Northwest's best kept secret for the ultimate day trip. Just over 40 mins from Auckland . . . 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 . . . 

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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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 . . . 

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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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 . . . 

Leigh Sawmill Cafe & Accommodation Visit website

Stay at the famous Leigh Sawmill Café - Stylish & Comfortable Accommodation retaining the character of the original saw milling shed - a wonderful hideaway . . . More . . . 

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