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Suggestions for day trip from Auckland

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Suggestions for day trip from Auckland

Will be in Auckland next week with a spare day, and hoping for some recommendations on suitable day trips, to explore nature, beaches or food&wine. Would prefer to hire a car and do our own sightseeing rather than a guided tour. Any suggestions?

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1. Re: Suggestions for day trip from Auckland

Have you considered Waiheke Island? Offers all three of your wish list ;-)

Other possibilities include west Auckland by car - Waitakere Ranges; the black sand beaches at Piha or even as far as Murawai & wine tasting too.

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2. Re: Suggestions for day trip from Auckland

If you have a rental vehicle, Waiheke island can be accessed easily on the Sealink vehiclular ferry from Half moon Bay, an eastern suburb of Auckland. Our gorgeous island offers a unique micro-climate with temps warmer than Auckland city and which grows glorious grapes (red and white). There are some 30+ boutique wineries on the island producing top quality wines. Many wineries have attached cafes, again award-winners.

Waiheke has a number of lovely beaches, and bays and plenty of native bush and birdlife. Interspersed are a number of arts studios, as well as olive groves ( door sales), alpaca farming, and village stores that stock artisan foods of which many products are locally produced.

Waiheke is full of early settlement history and retains a blend of old worlde charm alongside state of the art living which is best reflected through its vibrant island culture and architecture. I think you'll enjoy this destination for a day's outing. Our pace is slow and leisurely as an island should be.

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3. Re: Suggestions for day trip from Auckland

Hi

For nature an beaches I would definitely recommend heading out to the Waitakere Ranges, an area of great natural beauty under an hour from the city where you will find regenerating rain forest, black sand beaches, notably Piha and Karekare, waterfalls, walking tracks and expansive bush and sea views. You may also head on up to Murawai where the gannet colony is impressive.

For food and wine you may wish to head out towards Kumeu, a rural area to the northwest of the city where you will find many of Auckland's very good wineries.

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4. Re: Suggestions for day trip from Auckland

Snorkelling at Goat Island marine reserve. Also, Kelly Tarlton's and Auckland zoo are great fun if you have kids.

If you like walking and the weather is fine Rangitoto Island is a spectacular place to walk, the view from the top is sensational.

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5. Re: Suggestions for day trip from Auckland

Thank you so much everyone! All sounds great - may be hard to choose :)

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6. Re: Suggestions for day trip from Auckland

Yes difficult to choose, one day is just not long enough

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7. Re: Suggestions for day trip from Auckland

how long is it to drive to waitakere ranges from Auckland?

Someone mentioned to me Rotorua is worth a day trip as well.. can anyone else shed more light on this?

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8. Re: Suggestions for day trip from Auckland

Waitakere and its surrounds is just great for a day out.

Fabulous black sand rugged beaches, wineries, Arataki, and the gannet colony at Muriwai.

You can "do" Rotorua in a day but it is alot of driving and not alot of time to see all that this area has to offer. A night at least would be great in Rotorua.

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