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

Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari Visit website

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari make it easy to experience the astonishingly abundant wildlife of the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. . . . 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 . . . 

Auckland Express Tour and Auckland Highlights Tour Visit website

VISIT PLACES YOU WOULD NEVER SEE ON YOUR OWN 3 hours on your own in Auckland will likely get you around the central city. . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

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 . . . 

Tawhiti Museum Visit website

The Tawhiti Museum is a truly unique heritage enterprise. The creation of artist Nigel Ogle, its attention to detail is simply stunning. . . . 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 . . . 

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Kaitiaki Adventures Visit website

With a unique mix of Maori culture, history and an adrenalin overload, Kaitiaki Adventures offers superior and unforgettable white-water rafting and sledging experiences. . . . 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 . . . 

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Edgewater Motor Lodge Visit website

Edgewater Motor Lodge offers superb waterfront accommodation with all units having spectacular sea views of Hawke's Bay and Cape Kidnappers. We are close to the . . . 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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BK's Fountain Court Motor Inn Visit website

Welcome to BK's Fountain Court Motor Inn. Luxury accommodation in the centre of Napier City. Superior and executive studio rooms, 1 and 2-bedroom suites and . . . More . . . 

From $110
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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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3.5 /5
Hukafalls Jet Visit website

Hukafalls Jet is the only Jet Boat company permitted to take you to the base of the mighty Huka Falls for unique water-level views. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

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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