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 
Martins Bay Holiday Park Visit website

Martins Bay offers a welcome coastal escape only an hour north of central Auckland. Located on the edge of a long stretch of sandy . . . 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 . . . 

3.8 /5
3.8 /5
Sai Motels - Greenlane Auckland Visit website

Sai Motels - Greenlane offers cozy city central budget motel accommodation with traditional hospitality and round-the clock service. Located very close to the Central Park . . . 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 . . . 

3.3 /5
3.3 /5
Remuera Motor Lodge & Inner City Camping Ground Visit website

Central Auckland motor lodge and camping ground. 15 minutes to city centre (6km). Quiet park-like setting, 3.5 acres. 15 fully self-contained 1 and 2-bedroom motel . . . 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 . . . 

3.7 /5
3.7 /5
Waiuku Motel Visit website

QUIET * CENTRAL * SPACIOUS * CLEAN * CONVENIENT * COMFORTABLE * AFFORDABLE* Welcome to our charming town of Waiuku, we invite you to Waiuku . . . 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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Mission Bay Visit website

Mission Bay is a waterfront haven for all Aucklanders. Built around the idyllic, pohutukawa-lined beach and separated from the central city by a brief and . . . 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 . . . 

Pokeno Motel Visit website

Opened October 2007. Situated just 2 minutes off the Southern Motorway at the base of the Bombay Hills. Ideal stopover before or after you negotiate . . . 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 . . . 

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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 . . . 

3.9 /5
3.9 /5
AK West Motel Visit website

Quiet location surrounded by residential houses. Spacious executive accommodation in the heart of Waitakere Vineyards. 21 newly refurbished (2008) units with quality furnishings. . . . 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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