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,...


Sunset at Great Barrier. © D Jerry Carpenter

NZ Maritime Museum

New Zealand Maritime Museum is a place of dreams, daring feats, amazing journeys, burning ambition, passion, human endeavour, imagination, exploration, and courage. . . . More . . . 

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Coromandel: a kid-friendly road trip

Road trips are not often leisurely or spontaneous when you have kids on board. Read the story . . . 

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Lincoln Court Motel

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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Rodney: twin coasts

Where the city runs out, Rodney begins . . . 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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Sai Motels - Greenlane Auckland

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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Motu Manawa-Pollen Island Marine Reserve

The Motu Manawa–Pollen Island Marine Reserve, home to a range of sea birds and waders, protects 500ha of the inner reaches of Auckland's Waitemata Harbour, adjacent to the Northwestern Motorway. Read the story . . . 

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Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve

On the northeastern edge of Auckland city lies the Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve, which protects a variety of coastal habitats, including sandy beaches, rocky reefs, estuarine mudflats and mangroves. The surrounding area has excellent beaches for swimming and other water activities. Read the story . . . 

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The Hauraki Gulf: islands of the north wind

Writer and sailor Sarah Ell explores the warm and sheltered waters of the Hauraki Gulf, home to humans for up to a thousand years . . . Read the story . . . 

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Airport Travel Air Motor Inn

We are located in a quiet residential area, yet only 6km from Auckland Airport. The rooms are sunny and spacious - all you need for . . . More . . . 

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Tiritiri Matangi Island short walks

Enjoy a magical cacophony of sounds from a variety of native birds on the walks on this pest-free island, as well as stunning views of the surrounding islands. Read the story . . . 

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YMCA Auckland

YMCA Hostel is part of YMCA Auckland, a not for profit organisation that is associated with YMCAs around the world and strives to make a . . . 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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Siesta Motel

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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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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