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 
Batch Winery Visit website

Real Food. Real Goodness. Real Simple. Thomas's Bach.At Thomas's Bach - Vineyard, Restaurant & Cellar Door you can enjoy spectacular views from Coromandel to the . . . 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 . . . 

Sandspit Holiday Park Visit website

Sandspit Holiday Park is a beautiful beach front family camp located just 7km from Warkworth township and just a short stroll from the Kawau Ferry. . . . 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 . . . 

Muriwai Surf School Visit website

Muriwai Surf School is located on Auckland's beautiful West Coast only 35 minutes drive from the central city... Our surf shed is a 1 minute . . . 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 . . . 

Explore North Shore Visit website

Explore Auckland’s North Shore With white sand beaches, clear waters, a lively dining scene, high end shopping, beautiful parks and reserves, Auckland’s North Shore . . . 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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Auckland Botanic Gardens Visit website

With 64 hectares and over 10,000 plants to discover, a trip to the Auckland Botanic Gardens is a great way to spend the day. . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Thermal Explorer Highway: Auckland to Napier

How about an epic roadie straight down the North Island to the land where the languid meandering of the mighty Waikato gives way to the hiss of steam in roistering Rotorua? Read the story . . . 

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Remuera Motor Lodge & Inner City Camping Ground Visit website

Central Auckland motor lodge and camping ground. 15 minutes to city centre (6km). Quiet park-like setting, 3.5 acres. 15 fully self-contained 1 and 2-bedroom motel . . . More . . . 

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SKYCITY Hotel Visit website

SKYCITY Hotel Cnr Victoria and Federal Sts Auckland . . . More . . . 

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Food and drink

Street food and markets: around the world in New Zealand

From bacon butties in Dunedin to dumpling and donuts in Auckland or fresh veges on Wellington's windy waterfront, New Zealand's food markets are a great way to eat. Read the story . . . 

Coopers Creek Vineyard Visit website

Coopers Creek Vineyard has been crafting award winning fine wines for three decades: New Zealand’s favourite styles and intriguing international varietals for wine lovers around . . . More . . . 

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