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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Natural attractions

Kawau: an island apart

Locals describe living on Kawau Island as ‘quiet.' It’s not surprising; there are no proper roads and no shops, not even a dairy. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Five picks for a weekend in Takapuna

A short drive across Auckland’s harbour bridge leads to an iconic beach, great cafés and, in summer, water-based activities in the warm sea. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Great Barrier Island: a rugged road trip

It’s as if a chunk of Coromandel Peninsula floated off to the north. There’s the surf beach side and the quieter bay side, like Coromandel, with the steep choppy spine in between. Read the story . . . 

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Urban explorer: Point Chevalier

If you’re partial to a peninsula and you like your city settlements on the quirky side, the trio of suburbs near central Auckland’s inner harbour is well worth exploring.  Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Firth of Thames: the gentle way south

The alternate road heading south from Auckland, along the Firth of Thames, is a quiet, visual treat with lots to see and do. Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Urban explorer: Queen Street

Queen Street is considered Auckland’s main street, the axis on which the city spins. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Urban explorer: Kingsland and Mount Albert

Kingsland and Mt Albert are pockets of fun in Central Auckland where you’ll discover great bars and eateries, historic sites and invigorating outdoor spaces. Read the story . . . 

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Auckland: hidden heritage

Auckland is never static. It’s a teenager of a city – fully focused on growth, change and improvement.  Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Waitākere

From foodie finds to bushwalks and beaches, take the lead from the locals in Waitākere. Read the story . . . 

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Urban explorer: Karangahape Road

Is there a New Zealand street more iconic, more infamous, or more misunderstood than Auckland’s Karangahape Rd? Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Four fun things to do South-East of Auckland

Explore the mellow hills and gentle Hauraki Gulf coast south-east of Auckland. Read the story . . . 

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