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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Pinewoods Motor Park Visit website

Pinewoods is located 25 minutes north of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, on the beautiful Hibiscus Coast, fringing Red Beach. Red Beach is 2 kilometres long . . . 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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Ellerslie International Visit website

**AA special** Upon making a reservation with us, mention you found us through this listing and we will upgrade your reservation, as our gift to 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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AK West Motel Visit website

Quiet location surrounded by residential houses. Spacious executive accommodation in the heart of Waitakere Vineyards. 21 newly refurbished (2008) units with quality furnishings. . . . 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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Auckland Phoenix Palm Motel Visit website

We are centrally located in a quiet location just off the Northern and Southern motorways in the heart of Greenlane and Remuera - a premier . . . 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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Rainbow's End Theme Park Visit website

It's fun on demand at Rainbow's End so how will you play it? With over 20 rides and attractions, there's something for everyone. . . . 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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Royal Park Lodge Visit website

Centrally located in Greenlane, Auckland. 21 executive well-appointed spacious suites, located in lovely garden setting bordered by native trees. Short walk to supermarket, shops, café . . . 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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Takapuna Motor Lodge Visit website

Welcome to our motel. We offer 20 (1, 2 and 3-bedroom) self-contained apartments (serviced daily). Fully equipped kitchen and microwave in all apartments. . . . 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 . . . 

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Colonial Motel Visit website

Colonial Motel offers comfortable and convenient accommodation less than one minute from State Highway 1 for easy travel North and South. Our 10 spacious . . . 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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