Loved by the locals: Auckland

Spread over 4000km of designated marine park, the glistening waters of the Hauraki Gulf reach from the shores of Auckland...


Auckland Sky Tower and the illuminated light path bicycle lane beside the highway. © Mlenny 
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Tuakau Hotel Visit website

Let historic Tuakau Hotel's elegance embrace you. Each of the 10 hotel rooms and 6 apartments has its own climate control to suit your personal needs. . . . 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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Kelly Tarltons Sea Life Aquarium Visit website

Set on the waterfront of Auckland City on Okahu Bay, just moments from the famous Mission Bay beach, Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium is one . . . 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 . . . 

Omega Rental Cars, Auckland Airport Visit website

Omega Rental Cars Auckland Airport has a full range of modern hire cars including hatchbacks, sedans, 4-wheel drives and people movers. . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

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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Airport Harbour View Motel Visit website

The Airport Harbour View Motel in Auckland provides accommodation for corporate or leisure guests, families and groups at very affordable rates. . . . 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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Lincoln Court Motel Visit website

12 quality self-contained ground-floor units (sleep 1-6). Kitchens, microwaves, Sky TV, phone, internet access. Set in quiet landscaped grounds with swimming pool and spa. . . . 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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Royal Park Lodge Visit website

Centrally located in Greenlane, Auckland. 21 executive well-appointed spacious suites, located in lovely garden setting bordered by native trees. Short walk to supermarket, shops, café . . . 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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SKYCITY Grand Hotel

SKYCITY Grand Hotel 90 Federal Street 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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Epsom Knights Inn Visit website

The Prestigious Place to Stay At Knights Inn, our goal is to provide you with a warm greeting, a comfortable stay and have you . . . 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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