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 
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

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 . . . 

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Quality Hotel Parnell Visit website

Quality Hotel Parnell has 105 rooms with air conditioning and is situated on 3.5 acres of tree-studded grounds in the exclusive inner city suburb of . . . 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 . . . 

Bargain Rentals Visit website

You no longer have to compare car rentals to find the best price - we have it all here, at highly competitive prices!? When you . . . More . . . 

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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 . . . 

Martins Bay Holiday Park Visit website

Martins Bay offers a welcome coastal escape only an hour north of central Auckland. Located on the edge of a long stretch of sandy . . . 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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Kiwi International Hotel Visit website

The Kiwi International Hotel is near the top end of Queen Street, Auckland City's main street. The hotel offers affordable accommodation in the heart of . . . More . . . 

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Family fun

Auckland War Memorial Museum: a national treasure

Our children will take completely different memories of the Auckland War Memorial Museum into their futures than the majority of us have borne from our past. Read the story . . . 

West Brook Winery Visit website

West Brook Winery is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most respected boutique wineries owned and operated by the renowned Ivicevich family winemakers. . . . More . . . 

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Entertainment

New Zealand theatre

What if you’re in one of our main cities – it’s evening and it’s raining? Why not go to the theatre! Read the story . . . 

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Orewa Motor Lodge Visit website

PEACE AND QUIET IN A RURAL SETTING but only a 4 minute stroll to the centre of town. Here in Murchison, there is plenty for . . . More . . . 

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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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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