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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Mt Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park Visit website

A unique camping ground in the beautiful Bay of Plenty on both ocean and harbour beaches. Spend your days lazing on the magnificent beach, or . . . 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 . . . 

Quality Hotel Oceans Tutukaka Visit website

Quality Hotel Oceans Tutukaka is ideally situated for access to the famous Poor Knights Islands where you can experience one of the top dive locations . . . 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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From $109
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Bulls Motel Visit website

On State Highway 1 south of Bulls, adjacent to the Rangitikei River, situated in rural garden setting. Excellent trout fishing and river walks. . . . More . . . 

From $109
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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 . . . 

4.7 /5
From $135
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Celtic Motel Visit website

Celtic Motel - Foxton's Quietest Accommodation Nestled amongst rural landscapes in the sunny Horowhenua township of Foxton, Celtic Motel is where comfort and friendly hospitality . . . More . . . 

From $135
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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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Beachaven TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Beachaven is a safe, friendly holiday park set on 4 acres of land offering a wide range of accommodation. We've got plenty of space for . . . 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 . . . 

3.7 /5
From $42
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Whatuwhiwhi TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Spectacular Doubtless Bay. Unique 4.5-star camping ground close to safe sandy beach. 18km from SH10. Half hour drive from Mangonui. Family park with excellent kitchen . . . More . . . 

From $42
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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 . . . 

Weta Workshop Visit website

The WETA CAVE WORKSHOP TOUR is a movie based visitor experience in the heart of Miramar, Wellington. A 45 minute guided tour starts and finishes . . . 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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From $32
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Carterton Holiday Park Visit website

Carterton - the garden village, central to all Wairarapa attractions. You'll be hard pressed to find a quieter, prettier and more modern motor camp than ours. . . . More . . . 

From $32
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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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