Northland road trip: birds, bikes and bush

The rain had settled in. Mist crept over the brows of hills, brooding and moody.


Cycling in Hokianga. © Alistair Guthrie

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New Haven Motel Visit website

New Haven Motel is ideally situated for travellers, whether they are on business or holiday. Tucked away in the heart of New Lynn, just a . . . More . . . 

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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 . . . 

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The Thorndon Wellington Visit website

The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges. The 3.5 star Thorndon Wellington by Rydges is located on the doorstep of the Wellington CBD, right on the . . . More . . . 

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Tiritiri Matangi Island short walks

Enjoy a magical cacophony of native birdsong on these short walks, as well as stunning views of the surrounding islands. Read the story . . . 

Raumati Sands Resort & Conference Centre Visit website

Modern beach-side accommodation on the Kapiti Coast... Whether you are on a family holiday, staying for a relaxing, romantic getaway or staying for business we . . . More . . . 

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Waiheke Island: a sense of freedom

Some people were terribly excited when Lonely Planet named Waiheke Island as the fifth-best holiday destination in the world.  Read the story . . . 

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Continental Motel Visit website

Your hosts, Monica and Tim, welcome you to the Continental Motel and hope we can delight you with great value and service. . . . More . . . 

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Long Bay-Ōkura Marine Reserve

The Long Bay-Ōkura Marine Reserve protects a variety of coastal habitats, including sandy beaches, rocky reefs, estuarine mudflats and mangroves. Read the story . . . 

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Cortez Motel Visit website

15 ground-floor units serviced daily. 12 studio units and 3 family units. Some units have microwaves and spa baths. All units have 32' flat screen . . . More . . . 

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Motu Manawa-Pollen Island Marine Reserve

The Motu Manawa–Pollen Island Marine Reserve, adjacent to Auckland's Northwestern motorway protects 500ha of the inner reaches of the Waitemata Harbour.  Read the story . . . 

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City Lodge Visit website

With a 5-star Qualmark Backpacker rating, City Lodge is outstanding when it comes to convenience, quality, and value-for-money accommodation in Auckland. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

The Hauraki Gulf: islands of the north wind

The warm and sheltered waters of the Hauraki Gulf and its more than 50 islands have been home to humans for a thousand years... Read the story . . . 

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Miranda Holiday Park Visit website

Our chalets are self-contained units, fully furnished, all bedding/towels provided, separate bedrooms, bathroom, living area, TV and full kitchen. New studios and apartments - mineral . . . More . . . 

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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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Amber Court Motel Whakatane Visit website

9 ground-floor units, air-conditioned/heatpumps, 1 wheelchair friendly unit. Sky Digital Channels. Free internet. Handy to town, public hospital, war memorial complex, sports centre and over . . . More . . . 

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Auckland's North Shore: the ‘other side’

Even though the North Shore is well-settled, it still has its wild places: pockets of bush persist within the suburbs and its string of safe beaches are never overly crowded. Read the story . . . 

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