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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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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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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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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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 – 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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Loved by the locals: North Waitākere

From bustling markets to marinas, coastal walks, birdlife and literal gems – find out what the locals love about North Waitākere. Read the story . . . 

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Waitākere: under the sunset

The west has stories to tell; there’s drama in those hills. The peaks and dark valleys hint at secrets, of wild lawlessness and abandon but there is peace and beauty out on the fringe, too.  Read the story . . . 

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Matakana road trip: an easy escape

Matakana is an easy escape from Auckland city – a short run up the motorway, through the tunnel, east at Warkworth.  Read the story . . . 

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Indulge: food and drink on Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island is home to an abundance of vineyards, cafés and restaurants. But the locals know the best spots... Read the story . . . 

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Fishing Aotearoa: exploring an angler’s Eldorado

Less a hobby, more a religion, fishing isn't just a thing to do in New Zealand – it’s THE thing to do. For many anglers, New Zealand is the high church of bent rods and screaming reels.  Read the story . . . 

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