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Day Trip from Auckland

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Day Trip from Auckland

After a three week trip, we are spending our last few days in Auckland. Knocking off the arrival and departure (both by plane) days, we will have two full days in the city. One day, we plan to just walk around the town (recognizing this is not enough). On the other day, we'd like to get out of the city. Is a day trip (via a tour -- we won't have a car) to the Waitomo caves or a different day trip worthwhile/doable? Thank you.

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1. Re: Day Trip from Auckland

Waitomo Caves day-tour is very doable. Waiheke Island in the Hauraki gulf, 35 minutes by passenger ferry from downtown, Auckland, is another possibility. Gentle rhythm compared to the city, with a number of day-tour options including wines, beaches, arts trails, historical interests. Ferries are hourly from Auckland during daytime.

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2. Re: Day Trip from Auckland

You can have a very relaxing day out in the Auckland region itself without having to spend a lot of time travelling.

You may wish to have a look at:

www.coast2coastnz.com

or

www.bushandbeach.co.nz

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3. Re: Day Trip from Auckland

Thank you.

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4. Re: Day Trip from Auckland

It seems that you'll be in NZ in Jan 2015?

As this is the height of summer, you may wish to head out to some of our beaches, if not for a swim, at least for a wander.

You could head out to the West Coast beaches (Muriwai etc) and stop off at some of the wineries on the way there/ back (be aware of drinking/ driving... there are tours that could solve this if you wan to drink a little more!)

Optionally, you could head directly north for the day, to Warkworth, Matakana, Omaha, Leigh, Goat Island area (about 60mins easy drive north of Central Auckland). There are lots of beautiful bays to explore, more wineries, sculpture trails, arts and crafts stores/ markets, cafes, restaurants etc.

As suggested, a trip over to Waiheke is great, even the ferry across the harbour to Devonport. You could also head out to Rangitoto Is or a little further to Tiritiri Matangi. The latter is a conservation island, predator-free, with many native and endangered birds that are thriving.

... all depends on your interests!

A hop-on, hop-off bus is a good way to get around the main sights within Auckland city, the tickets often also include discounts for various attractions. You can also use normal public buses, there are several inner city loops that are very useful.

Happy planning!

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