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Amazing Auckland, Puhoi, Warkworth, Matakana and beyond, beaches and parks

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Algies beach @Airbnb

Mahurangi Peninsula, Auckland’s east coast

North is where Auckland locals go for the summer. There are several glorious regional parks as well as sheltered sandy beaches for a summer fix away from the crowds. From the donkeys of Algiers Bay to Snells Beach esplanade and mangrove boardwalks to walks through bush to quiet beaches where the crowds are few and far between. From Mahurangi Peninsula to Tawharanui Peninsula and beyond are a series of eastern facing sandy shallow beaches that have been welcoming visitors for over a hundred years.

Mahurangi Peninsula, New Zealand @anika_0601
Mahurangi Peninsula @anika_0601


  • Kawau Island and Manison House
  • Algiers Bay donkeys
  • Snells Beach cafes and boardwalk
  • Sailing regattas & diving pontoons
  • Regional parks and camping grounds
  • Wineries and sculpture trails at their backdoor
  • Weekend markets in Matakana and Warkworth

Mahurangi Peninsula is home to the well known Snells Beach, an Auckland favourite however there are several more locations worth exploring. Consider taking a cruise to Kawau Island to find out why Sir George Grey (colonial governor) fell in love with the area. Warkworth situated on the  River offers visitors a chance to enjoy a rural town with an urban vibe.

Towns from heritage Puhoi with its bohemian culture, luscious foodie treats and river to Warkworth a rural community offering visitors plenty to do and see. Then there is the vibrant hospitality town of Matakana, home to a well known weekend market, gift shops, artisan stores and restaurants.

The village is a holiday magnet with its markets, shops and artisan stores, cafes and restaurants. Matakana is a gateway to both the Mahurangi and Tawharanui peninsula beaches and regional parks. The seaside community of Snells Beach supports visitors with a general grocery store.

Matakana toilets. Built in 2009 to attract visitors to Matakana township at the cost of about $400,000 (NZD)
Matakana toilets

Getting there


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