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Way out west: a creative road trip between Auckland and the Kauri Coast

So many corners! From Central Auckland across to the Waitākere Ranges, up the coast to Hokianga and from Kaikohe back down SH1, there are many intriguing corners on this journey – but the delights en route make them all worthwhile.  Read the story . . . 

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Go east: an action-packed road trip between Auckland and Whangārei

From country roads to offshore island detours, boats, beaches, snorkelling and surfing, this journey between Auckland and Whangārei is packed full of exciting activities. Read the story . . . 

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The secret coast: an indulgent road trip between Auckland and the Bay of Islands

Head north from Central Auckland via the very scenic route to the Bay of Islands. This journey is full of things guaranteed to bring pleasure – food, wine and art. It’s one big, moveable feast. Read the story . . . 

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Culture tripping: 5 creative pitstops on a road trip between Auckland and the Bay of Islands

The route from Auckland to the Bay of Islands is not afraid to flaunt its ample history and forward-thinking art spaces. Check out our top picks for art and culture buffs when you’re heading north. Read the story . . . 

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Family fun: 5 kid-friendly activities on a road trip between Auckland and Whangārei

We've picked five great attractions that will keep the whole family happy on a road trip journey between Auckland and Whangārei. From beach walks and gelato to donkeys and monster scooters, the kids are guaranteed to have a great time. Read the story . . . 

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Adventure time: 5 exciting activities on a road trip between Auckland and Whangārei

The coastal route between Auckland and Whangārei is packed with activities that will get you on, near or in the sea. From surfing to snorkelling, horse treks, boat tours and unique kayak trips, we've picked five great options for your next journey.   Read the story . . . 

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5 top picks for a coastal road trip between Auckland and the Bay of Islands

Head north from Central Auckland to discover the best of the rest in North Auckland and Northland. These are the top five spots worth stopping for. Read the story . . . 

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13 Kiwi Gems to tick off before the end of summer

Make the most of the last weeks of summer by ticking off some of these fantastic Kiwi Gems around New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Family fun: 11 Kiwi Gems to keep the kids happy this summer

From native falcons to water parks, epic playgrounds, go-carts and movie-making magic, we've rounded up 11 Kiwi Gems around New Zealand that will delight the kids this summer. Read the story . . . 

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Nine quirky Kiwi Gems you've never heard of around New Zealand

Discover something new with these nine quirky Kiwi Gems around New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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Families need to discover these 10 Kiwi Gems in the North Island

So, you think you know New Zealand? But have you discovered all of these family-friendly Kiwi Gems around the North Island? Read the story . . . 

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Te Ara Ahi: geothermal by bike

In Rotorua, you can have the unique experience of cycling through active geothermal fields. Read the story . . . 

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Hit the race track at Hampton Downs

Unleash your inner racer on the go-kart track at Hampton Downs in Waikato Read the story . . . 

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Helm your own Doughboat on Lake Taupō

One of the latest and most striking additions to the Taupō waterfront are Doughboats – inflatable doughnut-shaped boats with room for up to six people to cruise the inner reaches of the Great Lake. Read the story . . . 

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Take on the Rangitīkei River at your own pace

While whitewater rafting is undoubtedly an adventurous activity, on the Rangitīkei River you can choose to raft at a much more leisurely pace. Read the story . . . 

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