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

Hamilton Gardens Visit website

Telling the story of gardens through themed garden collections, Hamilton Gardens explores different civilisations , and recreates historically important garden styles from the farthest reaches . . . 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 . . . 

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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 . . . 

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850 Cameron Motel Visit website

TAURANGA'S NEWEST MOTEL - Opened in 2014. Excellent location, Excellent Service and all brand new amenities! A great sleep - top of the range beds . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

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 . . . 

4.4 /5
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4.4 /5
Ahipara Bay Motel & Bayview Restaurant & Bar Visit website

Spectacular panoramic views of Ninety Mile Beach and Reef Point from rooms and restaurant. Studios and self-contained 1 and 2-bedroom units. 2 spa bath units. . . . 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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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 . . . 

4.4 /5
From $219
4.4 /5
Blue Pacific Quality Apartments Visit website

Enjoy the absolutely breath-taking sea views from your very own balcony in one of our 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments. . . . 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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Kowhai & Colonial Motel Visit website

7 x 2-bedroom standard units, 3 studio units, 1 x 3-bedroom family unit, 4 x 1-bedroom family units with courtyard spa, 3 x 1-bedroom deluxe . . . 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 . . . 

4.5 /5
From $130
4.5 /5
Asure Kaimai View Motel & Motor Lodge Visit website

Just 5 minutes’ drive from Tauranga Harbour, Asure Kaimai View Motel features free a solar-heated pool, BBQ facilities and 500 MB of free WiFi per . . . More . . . 

From $130
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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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