Make the most of your World Masters Games visit. From beaches, islands and native rainforest to delicious food and adrenaline pumping adventures – our intrepid ambassador, Jenny-May Clarkson, has uncovered it all.
Rest and recover in north Auckland
Auckland's north is a must-do if you love great wine and spectacular beaches.
- Grab a bite to eat at one of Takapuna’s many eateries before stretching your legs along Takapuna Beach.
- Take the 12-minute ferry from the city to the historic seaside village of Devonport and treat yourself to food, coffee and top notch views of the Auckland Harbour from Mount Victoria or North Head.
- Indulge in food and wine at one of the vineyards or the farmers’ markets on the Matakana Coast.
- Relax on a long stretch of white-sand beach at Tawharanui, Pakiri or Orewa.
- Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters at Goat Island, New Zealand’s first marine reserve. If donning a mask is not your thing – you can still see the fish from the glass bottom boat.
Test your fitness in the wild and rugged west
Wander the spectacular native rainforest and walking trails of Auckland’s west, then visit the rugged black-sand beaches that have made this region famous.
- Walk, run or surf at one of the windswept black-sand beaches such as Karekare, O’Neills, Bethells or Piha.
- Visit the Arataki Visitor Centre for sweeping views over the Waitakere Ranges, you’ll also find information on this region’s many walking trails and waterfalls.
- Grab a bite to eat in Titirangi and explore the local art gallery.
Indulge in North West Country
- Try delicious food, wine and beer at one of the eateries, vineyards or the brewery in Kumeu.
- Hire a mountain bike at Woodhill Forest and take on the purpose-built tracks, or test your agility at the forest’s rope course.
- Head out to Muriwai Beach to see the sweeping clifftop views and spot the gannet colony.
Discover the Pohutukawa Coast
With a golden coastline and rolling countryside, the Pohutukawa Coast in Auckland’s south east is made for outdoor exploring.
- Cool off with a swim at one of the Pohutukawa Coast’s golden-sand beaches, such as Magazine Bay or Maraetai Beach.
- Taste fresh local produce and soak up the lively atmosphere at the Clevedon Farmers’ Market on a Sunday morning.
- Kayak part (or all) of the five-day ‘Te Ara Moana’ ocean trail at Omana Regional Park.
- Stroll the tranquil walking tracks of the Hunua Ranges, the largest native forest in the Auckland region, and visit the stunning waterfall.
- Picnic at one of the coastal regional parks such as Omana, Duder or Tapapakanga regional parks.
Take a refreshing break in Auckland south
Auckland’s south is a melting pot of cultures, history and beautiful landscapes.
- Wander the 156-acre Auckland Botanical Gardens.
- Discover the windswept Karioitahi Beach and the Awhitu Peninsula lighthouse.
- Indulge in a leisurely lunch at Villa Maria winery or in the olive grove of Bracu.
- Explore the history of Mangere Mountain and Otuataua Stonefields.
- Keep the family busy with the activities and attractions around Auckland Airport region.
Relax in the Hauraki Gulf and islands
Explore the Hauraki Gulf’s sparkling blue water and over 50 islands – you can catch the ferry to many of them, or even go by kayak.
- Take a ferry to Auckland’s youngest and largest volcano, Rangitoto Island - walk to the top or catch the 4WD roadtrain.
- Don’t miss Waiheke Island, our local island of wine, just 35 minutes by ferry and full of beautiful beaches and picturesque vineyards.
- Explore the wildlife of the gulf with a whale and dolphin safari.
- Take a guided kayak tour to nearby Motukorea or Rangitoto Island.
- Hop on a light plane to Great Barrier Island and discover its remote and breath-taking beauty.
Celebrate and indulge in central Auckland
Make sure you explore the city itself – a vibrant hub of diverse art, cuisine and entertainment.
- Be spoilt for choice in our top dining precincts of Britomart, Ponsonby and Federal Street.
- Savour a waterfront meal at Wynyard Quarter or Viaduct Harbour.
- Explore history and art at the award-winning Auckland Art Gallery and Auckland Museum.
- Browse shopping boutiques in Ponsonby, Parnell and High Street.
- Hire a stand-up-paddleboard and hit the city beaches of Kohimarama, Mission Bay or St Heliers, or rent a bike and ride between them.