The rural community of Bombay famously straddles the Auckland-Waikato border, with the dramatic ascent of the Bombay Hills the tell-tale sign you’ve made it to Auckland. But you’ll need to veer off the motorway to discover its treasure trove of activities, from feasting among olive trees to testing your limits in a lush obstacle course.
In the early 1900s, Bombay Hills and Pukekohe became the home of an Indian population who worked in the local market gardens. Today, the community sits atop an eroded volcano that formed the hills we know today.
Treat yourself to the seasonal menu set at the Bracu Estate, best washed down with matching wine and views of the olive grove nestled in the rolling hills. Foodies can go all in with an olive grove tour or even a luxe overnight stay at the Mediterranean-inspired estate.
Push your limits in the treetops at Adrenalin Forest, an aerial obstacle course that includes climbing, jumping and swinging some 30 metres up in the air. No need to be an acrobat – the course has multiple levels and challenges depending on your comfort level.
Wander over to Maketu Waterfall to enjoy one of Auckland’s best-kept secrets. Tucked just uphill from a road near Ramarama, this spot is a must for a quiet swim or picnic with little more than birds and rushing water to keep you company.
Golfing gurus have an easy excuse to squeeze in a round of nine holes. The boutique grounds at Maxwell’s Golf Retreat offer a short, sweet and challenging game for beginners and pros alike.
On the southern side of Bombay Hills, the Mount William Walkway leads to rare vista of southern Auckland, Waikato and the Firth of Thames. It takes about 1.5 hours to reach the summit, traversing through native trees and farmland along the way. The panoramic views are worth the climb.
Location Te wāhi
BombayPlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
Bombay is about 45 minutes to an hour’s drive to the central city. Located just off State Highway 1, it’s a well-known place to stop, refuel and stretch the legs.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Stock up on farm-fresh veggies at the Bombay Hill Fruit Centre, a popular pitstop that boasts some of the best produce in the area.