Auckland has something for everyone, with an abundance of activities for all ages and interests. But if you fancy a drive to escape the hustle and bustle, Auckland’s surrounds offer a variety of amazing experiences.
Hop in the car and check out some of our suggestions for North, South, East and West of the city. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
Across the harbour bridge, north of Albany lies the quaint town of Matakana. This lovely little town has an abundance of eateries, boutique stores and a farmers market every Saturday morning.
If you love cheese as much as we do, be sure to stop by the Puhoi Valley Café & Cheese store. Their range of cheese platters are to die for (and the parking is free!).
Want to keep driving? Head to Paihia and take the ferry across to Russell. The picturesque Bay Of Islands enjoys a mild climate, with endless beaches and exceptional views.
Thrifty Tip: There is a toll road fee North of Auckland, so be sure to pay your fee. Head to https://www.nzta.govt.nz/roads-and-rail/toll-roads/
Seeking some adrenaline? West Auckland is home to New Zealand’s highest Sky Dive. Sky Dive Auckland is located an easy 45 minute drive from the city in Parakai, and at 20,000 feet it is not for the faint of heart.
Want to keep your feet on the ground, or sand? West Auckland is home to some of New Zealand’s most beautiful and wild landscapes. Piha, Muriwai and Bethells Beach all lie west of the city and feature stunning terrain.
Looking for some family fun? Rainbow’s End in Manukau is New Zealand’s only theme park, with exhilarating rides and fun events all year round. Feeling brave? Jump on the thrilling FearFall, where you drop from 18 stories high!
For the adults, why not spend a leisurely afternoon wine tasting at the Auckland Villa Maria Tasting Room (with water for the driver of course!).
Fancy a fright? Spookers is the only attraction of its kind in New Zealand, featuring a live landscapes entertainment scare experience. With four different horror-scape’s, Spookers is a fun, freaky night out.
Thrifty Tip: If you have days to spare, you can continue on from South Auckland to the incredible beaches of the Coromandel Peninsula, or head down to Rotorua to experience its geothermal wonders and cultural experiences.
The Hunua Ranges east of Auckland is home to stunning waterfalls, scenic tramps and spectacular views. Prefer two wheels instead of four? The FourForty Mountain Bike Park will get the heart racing. Either take your own bikes or hire onsite.
If golf is more your thing, there are several great golf courses east of the city, such as Pakuranga and Howick.
The Clevedon Village Farmers Market is famous in Auckland, with the city residents heading out on a Sunday morning to soak up the rural atmosphere. The produce is beautiful and fresh, and there are several food stalls to pick between for lunch.