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Possible to combine urban adventure, beaches and fine food?

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Possible to combine urban adventure, beaches and fine food?

We are thinking about a holiday rental home/flat for a month or so during Feb, 2015 and would love some advice about areas to start narrowing our housing search.

Our perfect location would offer:

- Luxury accommodation.

- Walking proximity to good restaurants and shopping.

- Walking proximity to an excellent beach

- Driving proximity to interesting outdoor sightseeing and recreation (hiking, fishing, etc.)

It looks like Auckland area offers the best possibilities but we are open to any ideas!

Is the weather generally reliably warm/sunny during February?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Possible to combine urban adventure, beaches and fine food?

Yes, Auckland would meet all of those requirements. More specifically, Takapuna Beach on Auckland's North Shore. A beautiful sandy beach, good shopping, restaurants and bars, only 15 mins by bus from Auckland CBD and easy driving or ferry to many good walks.

Here are some accommodation options. The best location is right on Takapuna Beach

http://www.holidayhouses.co.nz/Takapuna.asp

bookabach.co.nz/baches-and-holiday-homes/sea…

http://tinyurl.com/k6axxhl

This will give you some ideas of what to do in an around Auckland.

http://www.aucklandnz.com/

February is a good time to visit, the weather is settled and the school holidays are over. However, it will be difficult to get good accommodation for a month in February. You may need to book 2 or more properties.

Another location near Auckland worth considering is Orewa Beach.

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2. Re: Possible to combine urban adventure, beaches and fine food?

The Bay of Islands will cover all your wants http://www.bayofislands.co.nz/

And for even better weather - though with more limited dining/shopping - Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park http://www.nelsonnz.com/

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4. Re: Possible to combine urban adventure, beaches and fine food?

Thanks for the excellent information! With these comments we have a starting point to explore options.

Our primary objective in visiting New Zealand is to have a hot/warm weather winter get-away; with this in mind we have focused on the north island with the assumption that the south island would be a cooler locale during Jan or Feb.

Also, we have heard from transplanted Kiwis here in Canada that the south island is geographically similar to our stomping grounds on the Pacific coast.

Perhaps we need to broaden our thinking! Thanks again to everyone.

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5. Re: Possible to combine urban adventure, beaches and fine food?

Mount Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty would be another good base for all your interests.

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6. Re: Possible to combine urban adventure, beaches and fine food?

Jan/Feb inland South Island - Cromwell and Wanaka - consistantly enjoy the highest temps and driest days in the country. Queenstown is a few degrees cooler and a touch damper, though still warmer/drier than the North Island.

Nelson and Golden Bay enjoys settled weather with high sunshine hours and balmy evenings.

if wanting good weather best head to the South Island :)

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7. Re: Possible to combine urban adventure, beaches and fine food?

February no matter where you go or stay in NZ is generally hot and dry.

But with a month to stay I'd say staying in Auckland isn't your best bet for the entire month.

The waitakere ranges are great for hiking.Even if you don't leave taka puna for dinner you'll enjoy shome lovely meals.-But then auckland central is only a ferry ride away from Devonport

I love my town but Id still say you should get away from here to enjoy the best beaches

I gree that heading north for a week to the bay of islands would be wonderfull and there is 5 star accomodation there.

Theres also Tauranga which is 3 hours south/east of Auckland. Maybee across to lake taupo/rotorua.

Gosh theres so much you could see/do in a month and still be relaxing in luxury accomodation and having top class food.

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