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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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 . . . 

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Parkview Motor Inn Visit website

Parkview Motor Inn is centrally located in the town centre of Pukekohe. 400m / 2 min walk to main street shops. . . . 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 . . . 

Devonport Chocolates Visit website

Devonport Chocolates - Devonport, Auckland, where our chocolate kitchen is and you can see chocolate being made through the window in the shop. . . . More . . . 

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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 . . . 

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Airport Harbour View Motel Visit website

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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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 . . . 

Kawau Cruises Visit website

Water Taxis Our fleet of safe, high speed and comfortable Water Taxis are driven by professional skippers who have years of local experience. . . . More . . . 

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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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Golflands Motel Visit website

21 modern, fully equipped, spacious units, studio to 2-bedroom. Underfloor heating. Guests comment on high standard of cleanliness. Alongside 10th green Pakuranga Country Club. . . . More . . . 

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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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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 . . . 

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Epsom Knights Inn Visit website

The Prestigious Place to Stay At Knights Inn, our goal is to provide you with a warm greeting, a comfortable stay and have you . . . More . . . 

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