Tiritiri Matangi Island

Visit Tiritiri Matangi, an open sanctuary with many endangered NZ birds. This predator-free island is a 75-minute ferry ride from the Downtown Auckland ferry terminal […]

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Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island is known for its wine industry and artist community, 35 minute ferry ride from Auckland. Dozen vineyards, craft galleries and dining options. […]

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Hot Water Beach

One of the truly great wonders of New Zealand! Here at Hot Water Beach, a hot spring feeds through the sand of the beach, allowing travellers to dig their own hot pool. Rent a shovel from any nearby commercial establishment, or borrow one from other beachgoers. Amazing experience, especially in cold weather! You must be […]

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Muriwai Beach

Under an hour’s drive west of Auckland, at the northern edge of the Waitakere Ranges, is the beautiful, black-sand Muriwai beach. Nearby is its excellent Gannet Colony, where 1,200 pairs of gannets nest from August to March each year. […]

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Mount Eden: 20 mins climb

Located just north of the city in a suburb of the same name, Mt Eden is one of Auckland’s many remaining volcanic cones. It provides the one best views over Auckland. Park at the base and enjoy the short walk to the top. Visitors with limited mobility can request a temporary access code to gain […]

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Piha

Anyone looking to explore scenic wilderness in the vicinity of Auckland should head to the Waitakere ranges, just west of the city. Take the drive through to Piha, an hour from Auckland, and enjoy a chilled seaside village with a black sand beach, great surfing and excellent scenery. […]

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