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l've started planning my route on the north lsland. l'll be in Auckland for three days and have booked a night in Paihia. Can anybody recomend any sights to see on the drive up to Paihia. After Paihia l'll drive wesr and come down the west coast back to Auckland. Again any good spots for sight seeing down the west side also recomended places to stay overnight [hotels].

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How many days are you allotting to the drive? What time of year will you be travelling?

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we just did this trip...here is what we did (all recommendations from trip advisor)

– drive to BOI (3hrs 20mins 236km)

Possible stops:

-Warkworth town, would be a neat stop for morning tea - the riverside is very picturesque, with a pleasant outdoors cafe atmosphere there. Turn right at the first set of traffic lights. Warkworth is barely 10/15 minutes drive beyond the end of the Northern Gateway (toll tunnel route).

-Waipu museum (9.30-4) 36 The Centre Waipu $20 family

-Whangarei – waterfall Ngunguru Road, Tikipunga, 5km north-east of city

Browse through the vibrant Quayside shopping mall at the Town Basin

This waterfront precinct is alive with the yachting fraternity, museums, art and craft galleries and specialty stores.

- Kawakawa – Hundertwasser toilets, the grass hut shop

-Cooks Lookout Motel

Kerikeri – stone store and kemp house

Rewas village (replica maori fishing village)

Makana chocolate boutique

Haru Falls

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Drive to west coast and down west coast of Northland.

Possible stops:

-Waipoua Forest to see the giant Kauri tree 'Tane Mahuta'

The Tane Mahuta Track is sign posted from State Highway 12, which runs through the Waipoua Forest. The southern township of Dargaville is 65 km away and the northern township of Omapere is 18km.

The road widens at the Tane Mahuta car park to accommodate visitor vehicles. There is a picnic area, and toilets located 5 metres back from the car park on the opposite side of the road from the track entrance.

-Kai iwi dune lakes (which are just off SH 12 between Waipoua and Dargaville) - lovely spot for a picnic and swim.

- Kauri Museum family $30 (9am-5pm) 5 Church Road RD 1 Matakohe 0593 09 431 7417

-Paraki Geothermal Motel (private hot water springs spa pool - clean and comfy and quiet)

Have a great trip :)

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If you possibly can, stay 2 nights in the Bay of Islands. Otherwise you will not see anything up there as the days will be spent driving.

It is also recommended that you travel North on the west coast and south on the East. This is far better for sightseeing and also if you normally drive on the other side of the road it is alot safer. There is so much to see on both coasts that it does depend on your interests, the time of the year and how much time that you do have.

Recommendations from our guests this year have been Matakohe Museum, Cape Reinga, Tane Mahuta, Footprints Waipoua,a sailing boat at the Bay of Islands and the sand dunes at Omapere

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I'd swap the days in each place; 1 in Auckland and 3 up north! Are you here to see a city or to see the fabulous countryside? (no offense Auckland) If you stick with one night all you will be doing is a very long road trip without opportunity to stop and explore!

Edited: 28 December 2010, 05:39
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Very helpfull hints from all of you, Auckland is a major city and any city we visit usually has some redeeming sights, we'll also need time to get over any jet lag. We have no time restrictions but the idea of travelling up the west side sounds like good advice, if we went that route, where would you recommend staying the first night out of Auckland.After that we would head for Paihia, l'll see if l can change my booking. Would you guy's recommend a 2nd night in Pahia before heading down to Auckland.Thanks for sharing with us the route you took, it gives me some ideas of places to look for.

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there are not many towns up that side - you might be better to just head straight for Pahia from Auckland even if you do go up the west side - it might take a bit longer driving - it's pretty slow going in some places because of the windiness of the roads. Such a scenic trip though - lots of sheep and agapanthus!

I would definitely do 2 nights in Paihia - there is so much to see and do. Cooks Lookout Motel in Paihia is really, really good. Worth staying just for the view over the bay and you are away from the tourists.

We did not get to see Russell (which is a short ferry trip across the bay) and it came highly recommended. The treaty grounds and KeriKeri offer lots of historical places to see and there are also many trips you can take out on boats which looked good. Haru Falls is close by as well.

Great part of the world - am sure you will enjoy it immensely.

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PS we enjoyed Auckland - we had one and a half days - we went to Takapuna for dinner one night - great little spot near the beach. Second day we went to Auckland Museum (need about 3-4 hours - this was really worth it as it gave us a good overview of some of NZ history before we took off and saw the rest of the country) and Skytower. If you are anywhere near Ponsonby Road, then Murder Burger does an awesome burger !!

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There is nothing wrong with Auckland, there is plenty to see and do in and around the city, it's just that if you have limited time then there is way more to do out and around the rest of the NI. It is a good idea to have a night or two depending when you arrive in Auckland to get over jetlag.

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lf we did travel from Auckland up the west coast and then accross to Paihia what is the distance and how long will it take. lt looks like 2 nights in Paihia is the way to go. Thanks for your help people.

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You would have to check google maps. We left Paihia around 8am and got to Parakai (40mins west of Auckland) at about 4.30pm. We stopped several times and spent a good two-three hours at the Kauri Museum.