Best Day trips from Auckland

Best Day trips from Auckland

Best Day trips from Auckland

With natural delights going far beyond the premises of the city, Auckland is the only true metropolis in New Zealand. A vibrant city with an economic heart, Auckland has some of the finest collection of monuments, museums, and art galleries along with the perfect sprinkle of fine beaches and islands make it an irresistible destination for tourists from all around the globe.

However for most visitors, this is a point of arrival to proceed further and explore the cultural and outdoor attractions around the place. For the perfect to-visit places, here are some of the suggestions for best day trips from Auckland you shouldn't miss out:

1. Waiheke Island

A step into the Waiheke Islands is like leaving behind the whole world, and entering a new one. Complete with the white sandy beaches of Oneroa, Palm Beach and Onetangi sloping gently towards the Hauraki Gulf, serve the proper place for a romantic getaway. A place to leave the crowds behind, this place will provide you with the opportunity for swimming, kayaking, or simply having a picnic. Spend the day exploring and strolling through the island’s trails which meander along cliff tops, down to the beaches and into cool enclaves of native forest or simply sit down by the beach listening to the sound of the waves and building sand castles. The only way to travel to the place is through a ferry, having two further options a normal ferry taking about an hour, or the car ferry taking 1h 30mins of journey time.

2. Pukekohe

A sizeable, self-contained country town, Pukekohe has everything from the local farming to horticultural adhering to its community needs. A major centre for equestrian and motorsport events, Pukekohe was the host of the annual V8 International Supercar event. For the rail enthusiasts, at the nearby Glenbrook, you can operate historic steam trains for Sunday rides. Other attractions in the town include Saturday morning market, golf, horse treks, a water-garden and west coast beaches. Along with a pretty clutch of pretty little cafes and restaurants, this is one place you should not take off your list. One of the most comfortable journeys can be experienced in the 1h 30mins train ride to Pukekohe from train. Another option includes driving down to the place in 35-40 mins.

3. Warkworth

Sitting elegantly by the banks of the Mahurangi River, the beautiful city of Warkworth acts as a gateway to the stunning beach and wine areas to the east. Some of the major attractions in the region include the Goat Island, Tawharanui and Matakana lying in close proximity with the place. Take a break from the concrete life with fish and chips in one of the charming country cafes or plan a picnic on the duck-infested riverbank. With beautiful sights and delicious food, this trip is the perfect option to rejuvenate your-self. The most time efficient options include driving down to the place or taking a cab, thus reaching in an average road time of 45 minutes. Other options include buses taking an hour and shuttle services taking a little over an hour for the same distance.

4. Whangarei

An excellent place offering you the laid back unpretentious Northland lifestyle, Whangarei is the perfect place to sit in a quayside cafe and relax while watching the boats. A paradise of the outdoor enthusiasts, this place offers one of the most surreal sights of the city from the summit of Mount Parahaki, the highest point around. A beautiful city with the colonial architecture preserved and blended beautifully with the modern landscaping acting honeycomb to locals, tourists and the yachters from around the globe. Along with this, you will find a pretty collection of stylish cafes, restaurants, museums, art galleries and the specialty shops making it one of the places your trip can't be complete without. One of the most comfortable and time efficient option is to drive from Auckland to Whangarei taking approximately 2 hours of road time. For the people who prefer public transport there is an availability of public buses taking 2h 45mins for the same journey.

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