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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Cascades Motor Lodge Visit website

All ground-floor units in a beautiful garden setting. Beautiful palm tree garden for barbecue area. 4 family units with nice private balcony. Unlimited free WiFi. . . . 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 . . . 

Pokeno Motel Visit website

Opened October 2007. Situated just 2 minutes off the Southern Motorway at the base of the Bombay Hills. Ideal stopover before or after you negotiate . . . 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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Orere Point TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Your leisure, our pleasure. A friendly family holiday park. Only 5 minutes walk to safe beach, fishing or boating. Kayaks available. . . . 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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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 . . . 

Whangateau Holiday Park Visit website

Whangateau Holiday Park, located at the gateway to the north and 5 minutes to Matakana Village. This tranquil, award-winning waterfront holiday park is ideal for . . . 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 . . . 

Soaring Kiwi Tours - Auckland Visit website

Auckland's Hop-on Hop-off Soaring Kiwi City Tour Hop on-board New Zealand’s only ‘open top’ double decker bus and enjoy a journey of discovery through Auckland . . . 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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