Cape Rodney-Ōkakari Point Marine Reserve (Goat Island)

The marine reserve at Cape Rodney-Ōkakari Point, north of Auckland, offers some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving close...


Te Hawere-a-Maki (Goat Island) New Zealand. © Jenny Whiting Creative Commons

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Orewa Beach Holiday Park Visit website

Located at the gateway to Northland on the bustling Hibiscus Coast just 35km north of Auckland City, Orewa Beach Holiday Park is the ideal holiday . . . 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 . . . 

Westbrook Vineyard & Winery Visit website

Westbrook is located in a beautiful and peaceful valley, where visitors feel like they are a million miles away from 'the rat race' yet in . . . 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 . . . 

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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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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 . . . 

Brick Bay Wines & Sculpture Trail Visit website

Brick Bay is our passion; since 1986 our blood, sweat and tears have flowed into the soil of this land, our laughter and stories resonate . . . 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 . . . 

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 . . . 

The Hunting Lodge Visit website

The Hunting Lodge Winery, Restaurant, Cellar Door & Lawn Bar. Our unique 80 acre estate is located just 35mins drive from the CBD in the . . . 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 . . . 

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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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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