Whether you want to explore the rainforest, dine in wine country or escape to an island, there are so many ways to love your weekend in Auckland. Just ask All Blacks legend Sir John Kirwan.
Dine at beachside restaurants or shop for artisanal foods at the riverside farmers’ markets. Swim or snorkel at white-sand beaches or follow the wine trail. Walk the outdoor sculpture trails or soak in natural thermal hot pools.
Explore North Auckland
The best of the west is close at hand, but it always feels like a real escape – even if it’s only for a few hours. Take a weekend drive to wine country, walk to a waterfall in the Waitakere Ranges, sip on craft beers at the microbrewery, mountain bike through the forest, or learn to surf.
Explore West Auckland
Walk to a waterfall in the Hunua Ranges or hit the golf course. Take a Sunday drive to the Clevedon markets and pack a picnic for one of the east’s beautiful regional parks and beaches. Go strawberry picking with the kids or uncover a piece of Auckland’s colonial history.
Explore East Auckland
Check out Mangere Mountain’s views and Māori heritage sites, take a road trip to one of Auckland’s best kept secrets, and see modern Māori and Pasifika art created by local talent. Dine in style on coastal clifftops, visit New Zealand’s most awarded winery, or take the kids out for paintball, go karting or mini-golf.
Explore South Auckland
See the lava caves, deep crater and awesome views on Rangitoto Island or walk through the untamed forest of Great Barrier Island. Dine on Kawau Island surrounded by crystal-clear waters, go whale and dolphin spotting, or find a favourite winery on Waiheke Island.
Explore the Hauraki Gulf
Dine on fresh oysters by the sea or a casual lunch before a few hours in the boutiques. Grab a coffee and take a morning walk up a volcano or see the latest in local and international theatre after dark. Buy artisan foods at the French-style markets then take a wander through world-class art galleries and museums.
Explore Central Auckland