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Otuihau Whangārei Falls. © Whangārei District Council.

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Tohu Whenua: Rākaumangamanga - Cape Brett

Rākaumangamanga - Cape Brett at the entrance of the Bay of Islands simply has everything. There’s a spectacular headland, stunning views onto Motukokako Island with its famous Hole in the Rock, seals and dolphins and a historic lighthouse with a keeper’s cottage where you can stay for a night or two. Read the story . . . 

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Te Paki sand dunes: seriously steep, seriously fun

As if the breathtaking glory of Ninety Mile Beach wasn’t enough, right at the northern end, near the Te Paki Stream, are some seriously steep and seriously fun sand dunes. Read the story . . . 

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Must-Do's: Auckland Travel Guide

Discover the best of everything New Zealand's biggest city has to offer with our full Must-Do's Auckland Travel Guide – available to read or download for free, right here! Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Franklin

Explore Āwhitu Peninsula and the Manukau Heads Lighthouse, catch a vintage steam train, discover the wild expanse of Kariotahi Beach, find shorebirds and drive a race car in Auckland's Franklin District.  Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Climb Mount Parihaka

Rising 241 metres above Whangārei, Mount Parihaka is a significant Māori pā site, with spectacular views across the city.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Matakana Coast: markets, beaches and vineyards

Immerse yourself in a heady mix of arts, artisanal markets, boutique vineyards, olive groves, beautiful beaches and endless rolling hills. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

5 top picks for an east coast road trip from Auckland to Whangārei

If you're into stunning scenery, succulent seafood, luxurious accommodation or beer, our top five picks for a coastal road trip between Auckland and Whangārei will be just the ticket. Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors

Te Henga Walkway: a wild and wonderful west coast walk

Walk the rugged cliff top from Bethells Beach/Te Henga to Murawai and drink in the most epic views of Auckland's wild west coast. Read the story . . . 

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Free things to do

Hundertwasser Toilets: the loo that made headlines

The internationally renowned Hundertwasser toilet in Kawakawa has become one of New Zealand’s most photographed attractions. Read the story . . . 

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Spend the day at one of Auckland's beautiful regional parks

From ancient lava flows to tidal estuaries and pōhutukawa-fringed coastlines, there are many landscapes to explore in the 27 regional parks around Auckland.  Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Hokianga: a road trip around a heavenly harbour

The most rewarding direction to approach the Hokianga is from the south, which also happens to be the leg of the Twin Coast Discovery Highway route featuring the great Waipōua kauri forest. Read the story . . . 

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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 . . . 

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