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Auckland road trips, east to west coast, Puhoi, Matakana, Titirangi & Goat Island


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Hari Krishna band marching during a Christmas street parade in Kumeu Hari Krishna band marching during a Christmas street parade in Kumeu

Urban vibe meets country charm, Kumeu is a great place for culture lovers or wine and foodie buffs with wineries and cellar door tastings. For art lovers, Art in the Vineyards is an annual summer favourite. Not to be missed is the cooperative supporting local artists, Kumeu Arts Centre. A superb starting place for visitors indulging in a culture and art exploration. And a weekend visit offers a chance to indulge in retail therapy at one of regional Auckland’s outstanding local markets.

@Kumeu Market


  • Wine tours, including cellar door tastings and platter experiences
  • Horse trekking on the nearby iron sand West Coast beaches
  • Weekend markets where local artisan farm to plate vendors offer tantalizing treats for an impromptu picnic lunch

Kumeu is an ideal base to spend a few days exploring the west coast, Muriwai, Te Henga (Bethels) and Piha beaches. Muriwai with its gannet colony, Piha, where iron sands invite you to curl up your toes in the warmth of the glittering black sand. For inspiration what to do in the area check out Auckland’s West Coast Beaches travel guide & Muriwai Gannet Colony day trip.

Following state highway 24 you are now on the last leg of your Auckland east and west coast explorer. The small village of Titirangi is a gem. The  well renowned Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery in Titirangi is a treat for lovers of art, contemporary installations and glorious art shops. There are stunning views of the ranges glimpsed from large picture windows. Gallery shop markets high calibre New Zealand artisan ware. The gallery specialises in contemporary art and design. An excellent gift shop for unique artisan ware created by local artists. There are numerous cafes and restaurants In Titirangi township. Parking is an issue in the town during peak season due to the narrow winding hill roads. Follow road signs to additional car parks and be prepared to walk up steep slopes to the main street.


You are now in Auckland suburbs and back where you started the journey.


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