NATURE AND OUTDOORS
Wild west coast beaches where the surf roars and the black sands remind visitors of the power of the ocean. You will time quiet places where huge sand dunes, hidden lakes and walks along cliffs invite visitors to linger.
Auckland is replete with regional parks from heritage sites nestled against the backdrop of coastal forest and sandy beaches safe for families. Year round the sub-tropical climate encourages visitors to explore Auckland’s delightful regional parks.
Lush sub-tropical plants create year round garden magic and seasonal treats from leaf fall to spring growth and renewal. Auckland’s spectacular gardens within a stone’s throw of the city.
The city of sails, the Hauraki Gulf and its islands offers visitors historic islands where predators have been eliminated, Rotoroa Island is a perfect day trip exploration where bird song is the loudest voice. Perhaps a wine tour where vineyards have soaring views of the city scape while you sip and savour an award winning drop.
FAMILIES AND KIDS
For families Auckland is an ideal destination for kids with several heritage trails. The school holidays are sorted. The layers of New Zealand and beyond are evident at North Head. Visitors are invited to explore military fortifications, tunnels and the kids’ imagination can easily conjure up invaders. The views are splendid and for additional information check out Maungauika/North Head Historic Reserve. Check out five short walks TOP-5 Auckland walks for families & kids, trip guide: Pacific Jane and the bonus for the caregivers, there is always a cafe nearby to pop into.
Auckland serves as a great hub to explore the wider region with the temptation of Northland and Whangarei just over 2 hours away. The Waikato offers a chance to indulge in thermal waters in the historic town of Te Aroha spa resort day trip, travel guide, things to see: NZ Jane or wander the shops of Warkworth and find a World War II abandoned cement factory Warkworth travel guide, trip activities, what to see & do: NZ Jane. For market shoppers and buffs the joy of a road trip to weekend markets is a local favourite and here are some places for your bucket list. 10 weekend markets a short drive from Auckland, trip guide: NZ
Auckland offers visitors a chance to explore two very different coastal environments from the wild west coast to the balmy white sandy beaches North of Auckland. Check out Auckland coast to coast loop road trip and the province is home to a boutique wine growing region on an island, Waiheke, take a 2 / 3 road trip and enjoy hospitality in sight of the Auckland sky tower.
Auckland is a gateway to New Zealand. Auckland is New Zealand on a plate.