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We have a week in Auckland around the 20th September this year and are looking for a few ideas of trips to do. Maybe spend a couple of nights away somewhere else (non-urban). Any ideas?


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Welcome to the Auckland Forum.

It really depends on how far you want to travel. Rotorua to the south, Bay of Islands to the North and the Coromandel to the East are all “within range” of Auckland ie between 2.5 in the case of Coromandel, 3 hours Rotorua and 3.5 to hours to Bay of Islands,

However if you do not want to drive that far then there are beautiful non urban areas within an hour of Auckland, in particular the Waitakere Ranges to the west of the city and Kumeu to the north west. The Waitakere Ranges is an area of exceptional natural beauty where you will find regenerating forest, black sand beaches, waterfalls, walls, stunning scenery, walking tracks and not too many people – particularly in September. The Kumeu area is rural and is where many of Auckland’s very good vineyards are located.

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Hi Mike & Becky,

Waiheke Island in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf is a gem! It's an ecoenvironment with an eclectic mix of artists, wineries, alternative lifesyles, the rich, and the retired. Community spirit is the overarching philosophy. Population only 7000 residents. Lovely beaches and bays all around the island, a series of coastal and wetland trails, arts studios, quality cafes - many in award winning vineyards, olive oils, natural products, native bush, fantastic views, and endangered bird species.

A wonderful peaceful haven within 35 minutes of Auckland by passenger-ferry from downtown Auckland - ferry terminal on Quay St not far from Hilton & Viaduct. Car-ferry departs from Half Moon Bay marina - regular sailings also. Very good accommodation, several boutique properties in stunning locations, private villas, mini-resorts & lodges. Rental vehicles at Matiatia wharf upon arrival on Fullers ferry. Several tour options - wineries, historical, bush and beaches, and Stony Batter reserve. Waiheke is very non-urban by design!



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It depends on your likes and wishes.

If you want to see the beautiful beaches I would suggest Bay of Islands or Coromandel.

But if that is too far to drive ( 4 to 5 Hours) maybe somewhere close like the Waitakere Rain Forest, Muriwai Black sand beach, Kumeu wine country, or Matakana wine country.

There are so many options.


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We lived in New Zealand for 3 years 2006-2009. We lived in Aucland's North Shore but we travelled every hoilday and most weekends. Yes we loved Bay of Islands amd Coramandel but we loved Waiheke and the beaches one hour out of Auckland on the East more than anywhere. A walk from the beach at Mahurangi going North is one of the most idyllic scenes ever.

Tiri Tiri Matangi is a fabulous Island. Kawau Island is stunning. Matakana Saturday market and Tawhranui National Park are great. We did like the Witakeres but prefer open scenery to bush for walking. The vistor centre in the Waitakere's gives amazing views.

Walking from Milford to Takapuna on the cliff path is amazing and you end up at the most gorgeous cafe on the harbour in takapuna.

Back in UK now but will return very soon!

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Hi Mike

you can do a one day trip out west coast of auckland to Piha Beach and then a 2 day tour Rotoura/Taupo

see www.absolutetours.co.nz

You will want to spend at least another day on one of the island leaving from downtown, so much to do so little time.

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