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 
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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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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Bridgehouse Lodge Visit website

Stylish rustic bar and restaurant overlooking Mahurangi River. Enjoy outdoor dining in summer, huge open fires in winter. Great New Zealand food. . . . More . . . 

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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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Remuera Motor Lodge & Inner City Camping Ground Visit website

Central Auckland motor lodge and camping ground. 15 minutes to city centre (6km). Quiet park-like setting, 3.5 acres. 15 fully self-contained 1 and 2-bedroom motel . . . More . . . 

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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 . . . 

Hobbiton Movie Set Tours Visit website

Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the bucolic setting for The Shire that featured in the Peter Jackson directed . . . 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 . . . 

Fat Camel Backpackers Hostel Visit website

In the heart of downtown Auckland. Apartment style layout catering for doubles, twins, quads, 6 share & 8 share dorms & female only dorms. Onsite . . . 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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Budget Travellers Inn Visit website

Ideally located close to Auckland Airport and 1.5km to Rainbow's End Theme Park, Manukau Shopping Centre, restaurants, cinemas, tenpin bowling, greyhound racing and more. . . . 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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Takapuna Motor Lodge Visit website

Welcome to our motel. We offer 20 (1, 2 and 3-bedroom) self-contained apartments (serviced daily). Fully equipped kitchen and microwave in all apartments. . . . 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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Auckland Phoenix Palm Motel Visit website

We are centrally located in a quiet location just off the Northern and Southern motorways in the heart of Greenlane and Remuera - a premier . . . More . . . 

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