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12 Must-Do’s and Kiwi Gems to discover on a long weekend away from Auckland

Craving a long weekend away? Start planning your summer travels with 12 great things to check out within an easy drive from Auckland. Read the story . . . 

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Waipōua Forest

There are just glimpses left of what New Zealand would have looked like before the coming of the axe and the crosscut-saw. But you can get a sense of it in the Waipōua Forest. Read the story . . . 

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Official Auckland Visitor Guide

Discover the best of everything New Zealand's biggest city has to offer with the Official Auckland Visitor Guide. Read the story . . . 

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Surround yourself with birdsong on Tiritiri Matangi Island

One of the world’s most successful conservation projects can be found just off the coast of Auckland’s Whangapāraoa Peninsula.  Read the story . . . 

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Take a walk and a dip at Whangārei Falls

Just ten minutes from Whangārei City, Otuihau Whangārei Falls is both easily accessible and classically beautiful.  Read the story . . . 

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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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Get outdoors: Nine great places to visit in the wider Auckland region

From markets to vineyards, art and parks – head out of the city to discover some great spots on the outskirts of Auckland. Read the story . . . 

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Get away from it all at Kai Iwi Lakes

Summer camping at Northland’s Kai Iwi Lakes is a quintessential Kiwi experience.  Read the story . . . 

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Climb the soaring sand dunes at Lake Wainamu

Hidden behind the towering black sand dunes near Auckland’s Te Henga / Bethells Beach is a freshwater lake, ideal for safe summer swimming.  Read the story . . . 

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Spend the day on Urupukapuka Island

Urupukapuka Island in the Bay of Islands is ringed by dreamy white sand beaches, warm, clear water for snorkelling, beachside campsites and walking tracks winding through long grass. Read the story . . . 

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Meet marine mammals aboard an Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari

Discover the secrets of the Hauraki Gulf aboard a day cruise with Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safaris. Learn about different whale species in Auckland and meet pods of dolphins, not far from the city. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Get outdoors: 5 natural attractions to explore between West Auckland and the Kauri Coast

Auckland's west coast is synonymous with wild, black-sand beaches and you'll experience plenty of these on your road trip north to the Kauri Coast, along with gannets, stunning native forest and rustic hot springs. Read the story . . . 

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