Auckland Region Off The Beaten Path

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Auckland Region Off The Beaten Path

  • West Coast Beaches

    Auckland Off The Beaten Path

    Our local West Coast Beach is great for some fresh air, a walk along this beach is fantastic! Always popular for swimming, surfing, picnicking and fishing but not as crowded as other West Coast Beaches. Please have a respect for the sea as when the surfs up rips work very well so remember always swim between the flags! This rugged West Coast...

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  • Sightseeing

    Auckland Off The Beaten Path

    One of the nice little suburbs of Auckland is Mission Bay, with the beautiful water view and the nice park set against the beach, this is definitely worth the 10 minute drive from downtown. Sarah is sitting in front of the Trevor Moss Davis Memorial Fountain, which opens in the springtime for a water and light show. Springtime officially starts on...

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  • Hauraki Gulf

    Auckland Off The Beaten Path

    Update 24 July 2008 The ferry company operating the trip to Tiritiri Matangi has changed (and if only the name...) since I wrote my tip: It is no more the Kawau Cat Ferry but 360 Discovery - and it now costs NZ$ 66. Contact details for 360 Discovery at the end of the tip. Only one word is good enough to describe Tiritiri Matangi: Paradise! Once...

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  • Auckland Botanic Gardens

    Auckland Off The Beaten Path

    On the edge of the large Central Lawn area is the Potter Children’s Garden which is designed with the little ones in mind. There is a maze and an interactive walled garden with stories of the puriri tree and native wood pigeon. On the other side of the lawn is the Discovery centre, the rose garden and an area of beautiful camellias from both New...

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  • Ponsonby.

    Auckland Off The Beaten Path

    Western Park, Te Rimu Tahi, in the suburb of Ponsonby and near Freemans Bay, is one of Auckland's oldest parks. Opened, officially to the public, on 17 Nov 1879. It is a great place to sit in the sun and eat or read, but just to appreciate some grass and trees in the middle of the city.

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  • Mt Eden

    Auckland Off The Beaten Path

    The Eden Garden is a privately operated garden open to the public on the slopes of Auckland's largest mainland volcano, Mt Eden. The garden occupies an abandoned quarry and was developed from 1964. Today it is full of pleasant walkways through shady groves of native and exotic trees. There is a nice cafe to refuel in. It costs NZ$5 to enter. The...

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  • Auckland Zoological Park

    Auckland Off The Beaten Path

    Auckland Zoo may not be particularly vast on a world scale, nor does it have the diverse range of animals of some world zoos, but it is one of my favourite ways to spend a day. The gardens are really pleasant to wander around and the enclosures are continually being upgraded to standards on a par with the world's best zoos. In February 2003, I saw...

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  • Atiu Creek Farm (newest regional park)

    A real 'off the beaten path' tip, because the Atiu Creek Farm is not open for the public on this moment. We were able to visit the owners with our cousin (Director Parks & Recreation of the Auckland Regional Council) and made also a drive over the property.Atiu Creek Farm has been gifted to the ARC by Mr. And Mrs. Chatelanat, the present farm...

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  • Muriwai Beach and Regional Park

    Muriwai Beach is located in West Auckland. It is best known for the Gannet colonies that are located in a sanctuary just off the coast in the area which forms the Muriwai Regional Park. The beach itself has black sand like a lot of Auckland's west coast. The colour is due to the high iron content in the sand.Surfing is the main pastime enjoyed at...

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  • Auckland Domain, Museum and Wintergarden

    The Auckland Domain is a park built on one of Aucklands' extinct volcanic cones. At the highest point is the Auckland War Memorial Museum which houses a great collection of Maori and Polynesian exhibits and I believe is a must-see for any visitor to Auckland. There is a wonderful view of Auckland harbour from in front of the museum and you can see...

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  • MOTAT Museum

    MOTAT is the Museum of Transport and Technology located in Western Springs, Auckland. It is an interesting place to visit, especially if you have children and there is plenty to see and do.This is me in 1993 sitting in the stocks. These stocks were used in the 1840's outside the Supreme Court on the corner of Queen and Victoria Streets for the...

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  • Visit Muriwai Gannet Colony

    A very easily accessible Gannet colony to visit can be found about an hours drive North West of Auckland city. Via both the North West Motorway, and the Northern Motorway (over the Harbour Bridge) you can access State Highway 16 and head to Waimauku. Here you find a left turn towards the West to a beach called Muriwai. This is a great coastal beach...

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  • Enjoy a day at Wenderholm Regional Park.

    Wenderholm Regional Park is about 40 minutes drive north of central Auckland, just past the well known township of Waiwera. This regional park has an east facing beach and on the western side of it there is the Puhoi River estuary, which is ideal for kayaking around at high tide, or even swimming. In the summer you can hire kayaks from the estuary...

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  • A pleasant town in the north of the...

    Warkworth is a pleasant little town in the north of the Auckland Region. It sits at the junction of state highway one and the road to the Matakana valley (full of botique wine vineyards and craft places) and the Omaha Bay, a prime beach spot. Warkworth has a number of nice places to eat and there is a little riverside walkway. Throughout the year...

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  • Parnell Rose Gardens

    The Rose Gardens in Parnell are a very popular spot with both tourists and locals alike. In summer and spring it is very common to see wedding ceremonies here or people getting their photographs taken amongst the beautiful roses! If you like rose gardens then you shouldn't miss the Parnell Rose Gardens.

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  • Waiti Bay

    Just a 5 minute drive on from Kawakawa Bay, you come to the end of the road, and Waiti Bay, a pretty sandy cove with rocky outcrops. Excellent for swimming, a spot of fishing, or just sitting on the sand. A walk over the rocks will take you on to another similar beach, but watch the tide if you do, as getting back might be tricky.Just follow the...

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  • A world away from Auckland

    A half hour drive southeast of Auckland you come to Kawakawa Bay. If you follow the coast road, you can visit the little town of Maraetai on the way, and maybe carry on to Thames and the Coromandel.Kawakawa Bay is a tiny scattering of houses along 2 sweeping shallow bays, and it's where I live! Backed by gentle rolling hills, it's a pretty spot,...

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  • Need a chill out day?

    Mahurangi Regional Park is about 65km by road north of the city. It is spread over three seperate areas, one of which is only accessible by boat. The main beach is Sullivan's Bay at the end of the main road into the park. There is a small campground there, but you must book in advance (phone the ARC Parksline in Auckland on 303-1530).The site is...

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  • Enjoy the invigoration of a day at Piha.

    Piha features on my New Zealand page. In the photograph there you can see Lion Rock, the old volcanic relic that sits boldly in the middle of the beach at Piha. That view was from the road down from the Waitakere Ranges, looking north.Piha is a major attraction for surfers, but it's also a place well worth a half day trip in any season. In winter,...

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  • Distinctly Maori

    Not keen on a laser lit tourist targeting maori experience? If you're in Auckland in February you will be in time to catch the annual "Aotearoa Traditional Maori Performing Arts Festival" being held at Takaparawha, Bastion Point, Each year tribal kapahaka groups compete to gain entrance to the finale, the festival. Some of the teams have been...

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  • The Pasifika Festival

    Pasifika is one of Auckland City's premier community events, with over 100,000 people attending the Festival in previous years.The Pasifika Festival, which usually takes place in March at Western Springs is the ideal place to experience the sight, rythms and taste of the Pacific Islands. There is always a wide variety of entertainment including...

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  • Muriwai Gannet Colony

    It is a Gannet Colony located off Muriwai Beach. One of Auckland's west coast beaches. The birds are amazing to watch. There are two viewing platforms to chhose from. If you lose interest in the birds you can always adrime the rugged beauty of Auckland's west coast.

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  • AUCKLAND BRIDGE CLIMB

    Auckland Bridge Climb is a chance to climb up to the top of Auckland's Harbour Bridge. It takes more than two hours to do.Climbers are guided by professionalClimb Leaders on, around, up and over the top of the Auckland Harbour Bridgeto viewing platforms 65 metres (200 ft) above the water. Magnificent picturepostcard views of the harbour, island...

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  • RAINBOW'S END

    Rainbow's End is New Zealand's biggest amusement park. It doesn't really rival anything in other countries but is a lot of fun. I have fond memories of visiting when I was a child and recently had a day of fun with my younger brother. This picture is of the Coca Cola Corkscrew Rollar Coaster.The park is located in Manukau in South Auckland. It is...

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  • AUCKLAND ART GALLERY

    The Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki has the largest and most comprehensive collection of New Zealand and international art in the country. A public art museum located within two buildings, the main building and the New Gallery, it exhibits work from its collections and also has some international and national touring exhibitions from time to...

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  • Downtown Ferry Building

    Located in the waterfront area in downtown Auckland this ferry building has been an icon on the Auckland harbour for many years. There are two harbours in Auckland which is located on the isthmus between the two. The Manukau harbour is one and this one: The Waitemata harbour is the other. There are many islands in the Waitemata harbour and ferries...

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  • Auckland Zoo

    The Auckland Zoo has changed a lot since I was a kid. The enclosures are no longer the small, unfriendly, barred type but habitats more similar to the animals' natural habitat. If you go to the Auckland Zoo you will also have the chance to see such native New Zealand animals and birds as the Kiwi (pictured) and the Tuatara (found on the 5cent...

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  • The Gannet Colony at Muriwai.

    Take the north-western motorway from Auckland city and then Highway 16, through Kumeu, as far as Waimauku. There, you turn off and take the road to Muriwai Beach. Leave your car in the car-park and take the cliff walk to one of the two main viewing platforms.This is a stunning place to view not only the Gannet Colony, but the crashing and pounding...

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