The Auckland region is home to nearly a quarter of New Zealand’s population. These lucky residents have an abundance of natural riches on their doorstep including over 50 islands, two harbours, rainforests, deserted beaches, and dozens of extinct volcanoes. When you combine this natural beauty with world-class restaurants, a thriving art scene, good shopping and vineyards, it is clear to see why Auckland consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities.
The region is fairly compact, and most areas are within a 90 minute drive of the CBD. To the North, white sand beaches and vineyards are plentiful. The South has a rural vibe, and includes the undiscovered surprises of the Awhitu Peninsula. Head West and it is all about the Waitakare Ranges and black sand beaches of the West Coast. Out east you hit the Hauraki Gulf and its stunning islands.
- Spend a day on a boat exploring the Hauraki Gulf
- Head to Waiheke Island for a day or beaches and vineyards
- Explore Piha beach on the West Coast
- Take in the views of the Manukau Heads lighthouse
- Have brunch or a beer on Ponsonby Road, or Britomart, or Wynyard Quarter