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SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE DESTINATIONS

WITHIN AN HOUR OF auckland city  ×  two, three or MORE hours away

 
 

Within AN hour

So much to see within an hour of Auckland's CBD

Discover these wonderful destinations – all within an hour or so from your Auckland CBD accommodation.

 

Oneroa Bay, Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island

The perfect island escape just 30 minutes from downtown Auckland. Waiheke is a favourite holiday destination for Kiwis.  Home to beautiful beaches, delightful wineries and stunning views than stretch across Auckland's Hauraki Gulf, there's plenty to do. From leisurely lunches, strolling through arts and crafts stores and beach walks, to zip line tours, scenic flights and of course plenty of wine tasting. The island is deceptively large, so it pays to arrange transport to help you make the most of your day.

 
 Devonport, Auckland

Devonport, Auckland

Takapuna beach & Devonport

Just a short drive from the city, on the other side of the Waitemata Harbour lies Takapuna Beach on Auckland's North Shore. Enjoy a stroll along the beach and take in the spectacular view of Rangitoto Island. Heading south, you'll find the suburb of Devonport a relaxed bayside village nestled at the base of Mt Victoria. The volcanic cone of North Head features underground army tunnels along with spectacular views of the harbour, bridge and CBD. 

 
 Lion Rock, Piha Beach, Auckland

Lion Rock, Piha Beach, Auckland

PIHA BEACH

Piha is one of New Zealand's most popular surf beaches. Located on Auckland's west coast, around 40 kms from the city, Piha features the famous black iron-sand New Zealand's west coast is famous for. Piha has a reputation for awesome, rugged surf and, is also the starting point of one of the most enjoyable short walks in the Waitakere Ranges. 

 
 Gannet Colony, Muriwai Beach, Auckland

Gannet Colony, Muriwai Beach, Auckland

Woodhill Forest and the Muriwai Gannet Colony 

In Auckland's north-west, you can discover Woodhill Forest, a great recreational space offering, mountain biking, off-road motorcycling, horse riding, paint ball, obstacle courses and zip-lining. For the less adventurous, on the coast you'll find Muriwai Beach with its famous Gannet Colony. Watch the rocks as the rugged west coast waves crash in while taking in a breathtaking sunset.

 
 Goat Island Marine Reserve, Auckland

Goat Island Marine Reserve, Auckland

Matakana & Goat Island Marine Reserve

In Auckland's northern-most reaches you'll find the small town of Matakana, famous for its beautiful beaches, weekend markets and designer toilets! A bit further up the road, you'll discover the Marine Reserve of Goat Island, where you'll be able to swim in waist deep water surrounded by fish. Snorkelling here is a must.

 

 
 

Two to Three Hours AWAY

Kiwi favourites just two to three hours from Auckland.

Discover popular tourist destinations and some not so well known kiwi favourites – all within two to three hours drive from your central Auckland accommodation.

Inner Harbour, Mangawhai Heads

Mangawhai & Te Arai

A little under two hours drive from Auckland is where you'll find Mangawhai, a favourite summer holiday destination of Aucklanders. Blessed with a surf beach and a calm inner harbour with a few beach spots to choose from, it's the quintessential Kiwi beachside town. A few minutes to the south, is the more remote, but equally stunning Te Arai beach, with it's golden sand shores that stretch for nearly as far as the eye can see.

 
 Matapouri Bay, Tutukaka Coast, Northland

Matapouri Bay, Tutukaka Coast, Northland

Tutukaka Coastline

Regarded as one of the top 10 coastlines in the world, Tutukaka coast offers a range of spectacular beaches and marine life. The small town of Tutukaka is also the gateway to the Poor Knights, one of the best diving sites in the world. 

 
 Waipu Cave, Waitomo, Waikato

Waipu Cave, Waitomo, Waikato

Waitomo Caves

One of New Zealand's most popular tourist destinations, the caves of Waitomo are famous for their tiny glow worm inhabitants, When all is quiet, these little creatures will put on a magical light show.

There are plenty of caves to explore - take a look at the options in our tours section.

 
 Hobbiton, Matamata, Waikato

Hobbiton, Matamata, Waikato

Hobbiton

No journey to Middle Earth would be complete without a visit to The Shire. Hobbiton is home to the famous Lord of the Rings Movie set, complete with rolling fields and of course, perfect Hobbit homes.

 
Photo by Dirschl/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by Dirschl/iStock / Getty Images

Cathedral Cove

On the east coast of Coromandel Peninsula, you'll find the gorgeous Cathedral Cove. It requires a short walk to get to the beach and 'the Cathedral' but the effort is very much worth it. You'll come home with some picture postcard photos for sure!

 
 Hot Water Beach, Coromandel

Hot Water Beach, Coromandel

Hot Water Beach

A little further up the road from Cathedral Cove is another favourite 'hot' spot for Kiwi holiday makers. And we mean hot literally. Be sure to bring a spade to the beach, as with a little effort, you can dig a hole in the sand and enjoy lovely warm spring water bubbling up from underneath. You may want to bring a bucket too... sometimes the water is so warm, you'll want to add some sea water to cool it down!