The Hauraki Gulf: islands of the north wind

The warm and sheltered waters of the Hauraki Gulf have been home to humans for up to a thousand years,...


Smokehouse Bay, Great Barrier Island. © TS Images

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Uenuku Backpackers Lodge Visit website

We provide backpackers' accommodation right in the heart of Auckland. Uenuku Lodge is a small, friendly, comfortable and clean house, and is the only backpackers' . . . More . . . 

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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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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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YHA Auckland City Visit website

As the recent recipient of a 3 million dollar makeover, this is the ideal hostel in which to start or finish your New Zealand adventure. . . . 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 . . . 

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Arthotel, The Great Ponsonby Visit website

Stay at the Great Ponsonby, a delightful small hotel providing bed & breakfast; a 2-minute stroll to vibrant cafes, galleries or a 5-minute taxi to . . . 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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Siesta Motel Visit website

Siesta Motel comprises 11 x 1-bedrooms and 5 studio units with tranquil garden. Easy walk (5min) to Newmarket, shops, cafés, cinemas & restaurants. Wi-Fi connection available. . . . 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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Aristotles North Shore Visit website

Modern, luxurious motel/conference center. Selection of One Bedroom Suites and Studios serviced daily, all with own air-conditioning, all One Bedroom Suites and some Studios with . . . 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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Budget Travellers Inn Visit website

Ideally located close to Auckland Airport and 1.5km to Rainbow's End Theme Park, Manukau Shopping Centre, restaurants, cinemas, tenpin bowling, greyhound racing and more. . . . 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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Bridgehouse Lodge Visit website

Stylish rustic bar and restaurant overlooking Mahurangi River. Enjoy outdoor dining in summer, huge open fires in winter. Great New Zealand food. . . . 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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