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

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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Road trips

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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Food and drink

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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Activities

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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Activities

Gulf Harbour Golf Course, Whangaparāoa

Opened in 1997, Gulf Harbour has many outstanding sea views and a links-style feel. Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Titirangi Golf Club, Waitakere

Titirangi Golf Club, New Zealand’s only Dr Alister MacKenzie designed golf course is set in suburban Auckland, between the lower slopes of the Waitakere Ranges and the Manukau Harbour. Read the story . . . 

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Events and festivals

Stroll through sculpture and scenery on Waiheke Island

Take a stroll through the dramatic works of eminent New Zealand artists on Waiheke Island.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Get outside: 14 must-do short walks

New Zealand is blessed with so many beautiful and varied landscapes. Often the best way to discover them is on foot.  Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Auckland's volcanoes: geological gems

All-in-all there are over 60 sites of bygone volcanic activity scattered about the Auckland isthmus. Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Urban explorer: Britomart

Not every city can pull off creating a new, genuinely interesting neighbourhood. But Auckland has and it’s called Britomart.  Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Auckland's islands: marine playground

Auckland is still known as the City of Sails, largely because it has some of the world’s best cruising waters on its doorstep. Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Cape Rodney-Ōkakari Point Marine Reserve (Goat Island)

The marine reserve at Cape Rodney-Ōkakari Point, north of Auckland, offers some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving close to the city. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Franklin: coast to coast charm

Boasting cafés, vineyards, farmers’ markets and beaches; a vintage steam railway, even a racing car track – there’s an awful lot to do in this bucolic corner of the country. Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Auckland City cycling

Thanks to some passionate advocates and a burst of investment, Auckland City is becoming increasingly pleasurable for pedalling.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Experience the sea as it’s meant to be at a marine reserve

New Zealand’s marine reserves and protected areas offer visitors a unique opportunity to see fish and marine life, thriving and abundant in their natural environment.   Read the story . . . 

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