It’s always a good idea to make the most of a public holiday – and a mid-week day off is the perfect excuse for a day trip. We’ve put together our favourite road trips to take from Auckland.
Approx drive: 30 minutes
A day trip for nature lovers. Travel West to immerse yourself in native rainforest surrounded by ocean, rugged beaches and dotted with waterfalls. You’ll find more than 250kms of walking trails, with something for everyone – with walks from 45mins to 6 hours. The Fairy Falls is always a favourite – a 2.5 hour loop where you’ll see some of the best flora and end at a running waterfall.
Approx drive: 1 hour
There’s plenty to do in this neck of the woods. If the weather allows for it, you can go snorkelling at Goat Island Marine Reserve, or horse riding at Pakiri. Take a boat tour down Matakana River, or choose from a bunch of vineyards in the area. There’s also a reptile park in Warkworth for the kids (or adults!) and nearby Matakana village is a great pit stop for lunch.
Approx drive: 45 minutes
Situated just north of Auckland, rural Puhoi offers heritage, scenery and a famous pub. Walkers can enjoy a series of tracks along the Te Araroa Trail, and the Puhoi River is a scenic spot for kayaking. The Puhoi Pub is worthy of it’s own trip – a cosy pub established 1879 with great food and beer.
Approx drive: 2 hours
Known as a surfer’s mecca, there’s also plenty for everyone in this salty West Coast town. Visit the Bridal Veil Falls to check out one of the country’s must see waterfalls – at 55m high. Afterwards, you can enjoy the slightly bohemian Raglan town including Raglan Roast coffee and well-known food joints including The Shack.
If you’re looking for something to do closer to home, there’s also lots on in Auckland. There’s The Amazing Maze N Maize in Karaka, Zirka Circus at Westgage Mall, Secret World of Bugs at the Zoo, and plenty of ANZAC parades and services (depending on what time you’ll be getting out of bed!)
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