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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Riverside Motel Visit website

Relax in an attractive garden setting on the banks of the Whanganui River where you can watch the historic paddle steamer Waimarie sail the lower reaches. . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Auckland to 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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Asure Alfresco Motor Lodge Visit website

Mediterranean-style ASURE Alfresco Motor Lodge has 14 ground-floor modern units, architecturally designed and presented for your comfort during your Gisborne experience. . . . 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 . . . 

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The Kauri Museum Visit website

The Kauri Museum is New Zealand's best kept secret that has an element of surprise, located just 90 minutes north of Auckland. . . . 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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The Sands Motel Visit website

Walk off your deck across tree-shaded lawn and down a dozen steps onto the beach. Situated at the beautiful Whangaumu Bay on the picturesque Tutukaka Coast. . . . 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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Safari Motel Visit website

Halfway between Wellington and Auckland, 14 fully air conditioned ground floor units allows travelers to enjoy all that you would expect in a motel. . . . 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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Interislander Visit website

Where the journey becomes a destination. Interislander travels between the North and South Islands of New Zealand and is one of the most spectacular cruises . . . More . . . 

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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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Marksman Motor Inn Visit website

Located in central CBD and adjacent to Basin Reserve, easy walk (500m) to Courtenay Place, restaurants, theatres and hospitals. 19 self-contained ground-floor and first-floor studio . . . 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 . . . 

Beaches Motel Visit website

Closest motel to the beach. Excellent location. Across the road from the beach & 5min easy walk to village shops & cafes. . . . 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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