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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Uenuku Backpackers Lodge Visit website

We provide backpackers' accommodation right in the heart of Auckland. Uenuku Lodge is a small, friendly, comfortable and clean house, and is the only backpackers' . . . More . . . 

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Airport Manor Inn Visit website

3 minutes from airport, within walking distance of many restaurants, near main road leading to inner city centre. 20 quality and fully equipped units with . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

Rangitoto Island summit walks

Walk straight to the summit of Rangitoto Island, or take one of the alternative routes and enjoy the exceptional views of Auckland spread out before you from the top.  Read the story . . . 

Parakai Springs Visit website

Welcome to Parakai Springs - A whole day of fun!Unleash Northwest's best kept secret for the ultimate day trip. Just over 40 mins from Auckland . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

North Head Maungauika Historic Walk

Explore defences that were placed on the headland to protect Auckland from feared Russian invasions and take in one of the best views in Auckland from North Head.  Read the story . . . 

NZ Maritime Museum Visit website

New Zealand Maritime Museum is a place of dreams, daring feats, amazing journeys, burning ambition, passion, human endeavour, imagination, exploration, and courage. . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

Te Matuku Marine Reserve

Te Matuku Marine Reserve protects one of Waiheke Island’s largest and least disturbed estuaries. Read the story . . . 

Sealink Travel Group Visit website

Stunningly beautiful Great Barrier Island offers a truly back-to-nature experience.Remote and rugged, "the Barrier" is a great place to really escape the rigours of a . . . More . . . 

Westbrook Vineyard & Winery Visit website

Westbrook is located in a beautiful and peaceful valley, where visitors feel like they are a million miles away from 'the rat race' yet in . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

Of the sea: surfing Aotearoa

When most people imagine their idyllic beach, they think of white sand and sun-dappled water. Surfers focus on wind and swell directions and the hidden bathymetry of the seafloor. Read the story . . . 

Whangateau Holiday Park Visit website

Whangateau Holiday Park, located at the gateway to the north and 5 minutes to Matakana Village. This tranquil, award-winning waterfront holiday park is ideal for . . . More . . . 

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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 . . . 

Takapuna Beach Holiday Park Visit website

A small park in a superb location on Takapuna Beach. Excellent swimming, fishing and yachting. Boat ramp. Central to shopping, restaurants, theatre, close to sports . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Auckland’s underwater zoo: Kelly Tarlton’s Sealife Aquarium

On underwater walkways, you can lock eyes with everything from urchins and octopi to stingrays, sharks and that little fish with the big rep, the piranha. Read the story . . . 

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