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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Siesta Motel Visit website

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 . . . 

Mission Bay Visit website

Mission Bay is a waterfront haven for all Aucklanders. Built around the idyllic, pohutukawa-lined beach and separated from the central city by a brief and . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Devonport and North Head: Victorian village meets mysterious fort

North Head is the logical location for a picnic day out, which can also include lazing nearby on some of Auckland’s prettiest beaches and exploring Devonport’s boutique charm.  Read the story . . . 

Auckland Express Tour and Auckland Highlights Tour Visit website

VISIT PLACES YOU WOULD NEVER SEE ON YOUR OWN 3 hours on your own in Auckland will likely get you around the central city. . . . More . . . 

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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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Fat Camel Backpackers Hostel Visit website

In the heart of downtown Auckland. Apartment style layout catering for doubles, twins, quads, 6 share & 8 share dorms & female only dorms. Onsite . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

Auckland’s West Coast: rugged beauty

From the secluded beach at Whatipu, to Rangitira Beach at the southern entrance to the Kaipara, the west coast beaches are strung like black pearls.  Read the story . . . 

Hotel Grand Windsor MGallery by Sofitel Visit website

Luxury in the CBD. Grand Windsor Hotel has the perfect location as it sits at the bottom of vibrant Queen Street in the heart of . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Franklin: coast to coast charm

Boasting cafés, vineyards, farmers’ markets and beaches; a vintage steam railway, even a racing car track – there’s an awful lot to do in this bucolic corner of the country. Read the story . . . 

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Aveda Motor Lodge Visit website

Aveda Motor Lodge provides superb new motel accommodation in Pukekohe and offers guests a range of comfortable suites - from studio to 1 and 2-bedrooms. . . . More . . . 

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Heritage and history

New Zealand on film: more than hobbits and snowy mountainscapes

Movies have put New Zealand on the map. But there's much more to New Zealand film than The Lord of the Rings... Read the story . . . 

Bookmark Secondhand Book Shop Visit website

Purveyors of quality secondhand, used and rare books.Situated in historic Devonport, just a short 10 minute ferry ride from Downtown Auckland. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Matakana coast and country: weekend wonderland

Not that long ago, Matakana was just a bend in the road between Warkworth and Leigh. Now it’s a byword for gourmet food, top-quality wine and arthouse cinema. Read the story . . . 

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