Black sands lie beneath roaring waves. Trails lead through shaded forest canopies and world-class wines are lifted to lucky lips.

The west is a place of both solitude and adventure. A place to get away from it all or get amongst it. The crash of surf and the wide open spaces of the west’s black-sand beaches and the rush of hidden waterfalls in the rainforest.

Palates will be pleased and appetites satisfied here too, whether it’s the taste of a cold craft beer and woodfired pizza on a sunny day, or an antipasto platter paired with the perfect New Zealand wine at a Kumeu vineyard.

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“Surfing is one of my passions and Maori Bay is probably my favourite spot. If you’ve never tried surfing, give it a go this summer – check out the surf schools at Piha or Muriwai.”

Sir John Kirwan

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