The city of Auckland often gets left off the list of popular holiday destinations. However, Auckland is a beautiful and diverse city that has a lot to offer right on its door step. Whether it is the volcanoes, forests of the Waitakeres, rugged west coast beaches, thermal springs, vineyards, farm and theme parks, there is something for everyone. If you are visiting in the school holidays, make sure you check the links below to see what special events are on.


Getting there

Auckland is often seen as the gateway to New Zealand so there are a number of options for getting there and away. Many airlines offer well-priced domestic air fares to Auckland.

If are driving to drive to Auckland, you will have greater flexibility to get around the city and surrounds. Driving to Auckland from most North Island centres can be done in one day or you may choose to combine it with some other great places en route.

Wellington 658 km, Napier 421 km, Rotorua 235 km, Hamilton 126 km, Whangarei 165 km

Some rental and camper van hire companies offer good relocation deals to Auckland.

When should we go?

Auckland is the warmest of New Zealand’s main centres and can enjoyed year round. However, to make the most of the outdoors and the stunning beaches, the summer months (Dec and March) offer the most flexibility. Bear in mind that Auckland weather is famous for being unpredictable and having ‘four seasons in one day’.

Places to Go — A huge variety of attractions or things to do in and around Auckland

Places to Eat — Family friendly restaurants and cafes

Places to Stay — Accommodation for different budgets and lifestyles


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Deborah Marshall is a super-busy mama of three children- a little lad aged 4 and twins aged 2. An experienced high school teacher, Deborah now writes in between juggling small people. In her brief moments of respite, she loves strong coffee, walking on the beach and is learning to embrace the mayhem.

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