“There are several golf courses in the south – try Pukekohe or the new Windross Farm. Play early, then you’ve got the afternoon to enjoy the drive back, or stop somewhere for lunch in Pukekohe on the way home.”

Sir John Kirwin

Auckland Botanic Gardens

Put a spring in your step this weekend at the Auckland Botanic Gardens in Manurewa, with a wander through the themed gardens and a series of art installations dotted throughout. Don’t miss the Spring Blossom Valley, bursting with colourful blooms and bulbs.

Spend a night in luxury

Have a day or night away at Castaways Resort, set on the cliffs at Karioitahi Beach on the Awhitu Peninsula. Go glamping under the stars, visit the day spa for a luxury beauty treatment, or dine out at the clifftop restaurant – all of them complete with panoramic sea views.

Walks, picnics and sandy beaches

Explore the tranquil bays and rolling pastures of Awhitu Regional Park on one of the short walks and mountain bike trails, then relax with a swim and a picnic on the white-sand bays.

Events in the vines

Keep an eye out for events on at Villa Maria Estate winery; there are often concerts on over spring and summer featuring homegrown music – and of course superb local wine.

A round of golf

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned golfer, there are plenty of golf courses in south Auckland with casual entry available. If a full course isn’t for you, play nine holes or hit some balls at the driving range.

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