Head north and discover the ultimate laid-back lifestyle, where great food and wine is always close at hand and the sea is your constant companion.
The Whangaparaoa Peninsula is known for its long golden beaches, stunning regional park and world-class golf course. Enjoy a day trip or a relaxing weekend away – it’s just a 35-minute drive north of Auckland. The name Whangaparaoa is the Māori translation for Bay of Whales, as dolphins and orca whales can often be seen in the waters off the peninsula.Find out more
Orewa is just 25 minutes north of downtown Auckland and boasts a picturesque 3 kilometre stretch of golden beach. It’s the perfect place for a family day out, with playgrounds, safe swimming, beautiful coastal landscapes and a relaxed atmosphere. Head over the hill to Waiwera for a soak in the thermal hot pools.Find out more
Tāwharanui Peninsula is the perfect combination of beautiful coastal landscapes and leisure activities. Omaha is a popular but uncrowded holiday spot dotted with seaside holiday homes. Hidden away at the end of the peninsula, the white sandy beaches and beautiful scenery of Tāwharanui Regional Park make it perfect for a picnic and a swim.Find out more
Warkworth is a captivating historic village in a picturesque spot on the banks of the Mahurangi River. As well as the nostalgic charm of Warkworth’s heritage buildings and boutique shops, its scenic native bush and meandering riverside boardwalk make Warkworth a great place to explore on foot.Find out more
Head to Goat Island Marine Reserve to get up close to masses of colourful fish. Goat Island is New Zealand’s first and most accessible marine reserve and an amazing spot for snorkelling and diving. After a day in the water, stop in at the nearby community of Leigh for a bite to eat and a craft beer.Find out more