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 
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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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 . . . 

Skydive Auckland Visit website

At Skydive Auckland we offer the highest tandem skydive in New Zealand's North Island, where you can jump from 16,500ft! Attached to your instructor you . . . 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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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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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 . . . 

Greenlane Suites Visit website

Ideally situated in the leafy, desirable suburb of Greenlane, just minutes from all Auckland City and Southern Motorway links, the Penrose industrial area and Newmarket . . . 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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Auckland Zoo Visit website

Auckland Zoo is home to the largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand, set in 17 hectares of lush parkland and just . . . 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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Mt Eden Motel Visit website

Quiet, central location. Fully self-contained 1, 2 & 3-bedroom family units, serviced daily. Minutes drive to city, showgrounds, hospitals, Eden Park, zoo, shops, restaurants, Mt . . . 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 . . . 

Kawau Cruises Visit website

Water Taxis Our fleet of safe, high speed and comfortable Water Taxis are driven by professional skippers who have years of local experience. . . . 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 . . . 

Sandspit Holiday Park Visit website

Sandspit Holiday Park is a beautiful beach front family camp located just 7km from Warkworth township and just a short stroll from the Kawau Ferry. . . . 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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