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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Uenuku Backpackers Lodge Visit website

We provide backpackers' accommodation right in the heart of Auckland. Uenuku Lodge is a small, friendly, comfortable and clean house, and is the only backpackers' . . . More . . . 

Omega Rental Cars, Auckland Visit website

Omega Rental Cars Auckland Airport/City has depots nationwide providing quality vehicles and first-class service. Our modern fleet of hire cars include sedans, 4WD stationwagons and . . . 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 . . . 

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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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 . . . 

AJ Hackett Bungy NZ Visit website

LIVE MORE. FEAR LESS. Walk around the ledge or jump off the Auckland Skytower, Bungy from the Bridge, or just take a stroll up and . . . 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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Aristotles North Shore Visit website

Modern, luxurious motel/conference center. Selection of One Bedroom Suites and Studios serviced daily, all with own air-conditioning, all One Bedroom Suites and some Studios with . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

Off-the-beaten-track day walks

Explore hidden walking gems that require only a map, some sturdy footwear and a strong desire to get out there and explore.  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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Activities

Boating: Kiwis on the water

Going to the beach, lake or river for a splash is so commonplace in New Zealand, we seldom spare a thought for those in land-locked in places, thousands of kilometres from the shore. Read the story . . . 

Westbrook Vineyard & Winery Visit website

Westbrook is located in a beautiful and peaceful valley, where visitors feel like they are a million miles away from 'the rat race' yet in . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

Our marine reserves: treasures under the sea

In essence, the very simple overriding edict for a marine reserve is no take. Nothing may be removed: not fish, not seaweed, not stones, not feathers or shells off the beach. Read the story . . . 

Pupuke Manor Motel Visit website

The Pupuke Manor Motel is located in the popular coastal suburb of Takapuna on Auckland’s North Shore. Newly renovated in August 2018, this self-rated four-star . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Twin Coast Discovery Highway: Auckland to Cape Rēinga

This epic roadie connects the little coves, beaches and bays of the east and the immense dunes wild coastline and vast, sweeping harbours out west. Read the story . . . 

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