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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Orewa Motor Lodge Visit website

PEACE AND QUIET IN A RURAL SETTING but only a 4 minute stroll to the centre of town. Here in Murchison, there is plenty for . . . 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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Golflands Motel Visit website

21 modern, fully equipped, spacious units, studio to 2-bedroom. Underfloor heating. Guests comment on high standard of cleanliness. Alongside 10th green Pakuranga Country Club. . . . 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 . . . 

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New Haven Motel Visit website

New Haven Motel is ideally situated for travellers, whether they are on business or holiday. Tucked away in the heart of New Lynn, just a . . . 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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Waiheke Island Motel (formerly Midway Motel) Visit website

Within 10 minutes drive of 10 of the island's top beaches and vineyards. Waiheke Island Motel is centrally located just a short 10 minute drive . . . 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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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 . . . 

Wild Estate, Wild on Waiheke & Waiheke Island Brewery Visit website

WILD ON WAIHEKE - Your ultimate Multi-Activity experience/ Wild on Waiheke is the home of Wild Estate Vineyard & Restaurant, Waiheke Island Brewery, and a . . . 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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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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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 . . . 

Pupuke Manor Motel Visit website

The Pupuke Manor Motel is located in the popular coastal suburb of Takapuna on Auckland’s North Shore. Newly renovated in August 2018, this self-rated four-star . . . 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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