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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YMCA Auckland Visit website

YMCA Hostel is part of YMCA Auckland, a not for profit organisation that is associated with YMCAs around the world and strives to make a . . . 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 . . . 

Mission Bay Visit website

Mission Bay is a waterfront haven for all Aucklanders. Built around the idyllic, pohutukawa-lined beach and separated from the central city by a brief and . . . 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 . . . 

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City Lodge Visit website

With a 5-star Qualmark Backpacker rating, City Lodge is outstanding when it comes to convenience, quality, and value-for-money accommodation in Auckland. . . . 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 . . . 

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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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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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Red Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Red Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park is located 25 minutes north of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, on the beautiful Hibiscus Coast, fringing Red Beach. . . . 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 . . . 

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Airport Harbour View Motel Visit website

The Airport Harbour View Motel in Auckland provides accommodation for corporate or leisure guests, families and groups at very affordable rates. . . . 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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Aristotles North Shore Visit website

Modern, luxurious motel/conference center. Selection of One Bedroom Suites and Studios serviced daily, all with own air-conditioning, all One Bedroom Suites and some Studios with . . . More . . . 

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Auckland Botanic Gardens Visit website

With 64 hectares and over 10,000 plants to discover, a trip to the Auckland Botanic Gardens is a great way to spend the day. . . . 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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