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

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Rockfield Motel

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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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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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Kelly Tarltons Sea Life Aquarium

Set on the waterfront of Auckland City on Okahu Bay, just moments from the famous Mission Bay beach, Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium is one . . . 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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Ascot Epsom Motel

Ascot Epsom Motel offers great value for your money. From the moment you enter our property you will experience our warm welcome and kind hospitality . . . 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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SKYCITY Hotel

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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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Airport Harbour View Motel

The Airport Harbour View Motel in Auckland provides accommodation for corporate or leisure guests, families and groups at very affordable rates. . . . 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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Snells Beach Motel

Snells Beach, in beautiful Kawau Bay, is 'the place to stay' - only 45 minutes north of Auckland, near Warkworth and Matakana. . . . More . . . 

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Long Island/Kokomahua Marine Reserve

Tucked away in the Marlborough Sounds, Long and Kokomohua islands are nestled inside the entrance to Queen Charlotte Sound. Read the story . . . 

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Auckland Zoo

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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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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