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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Alpers Lodge & Conference Centre Visit website

Welcoming environment in a central location. Walk to Newmarket shopping centre, 5min drive to city, easy access to motorways. 61 large units, 52 studio (sleep . . . 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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Kiwi International Hotel Visit website

The Kiwi International Hotel is near the top end of Queen Street, Auckland City's main street. The hotel offers affordable accommodation in the heart of . . . 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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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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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 . . . 

Coopers Creek Vineyard Visit website

Coopers Creek Vineyard has been crafting award winning fine wines for three decades: New Zealand’s favourite styles and intriguing international varietals for wine lovers around . . . 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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Peace and Plenty Inn Visit website

The Peace and Plenty Inn is a magnificently restored Victorian Villa situated in an unbeatable waterfront location in the maritime village of Devonport. . . . 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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Dukes Midway Lodge Visit website

Our motel is in a quiet well appointed location only 8 kilometers to Auckland's central business district. We are close to fine restaurants, cafes and . . . 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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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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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 . . . 

Takapuna Beach Visit website

Takapuna Beach...city rhythm, beach vibe. Only 10 minutes from Auckland CBD. With a vibrant beach atmosphere, a thriving hospitality scene, designer shopping, bustling Sunday markets, . . . 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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