Twin Coast Discovery Highway

5 Días


Auckland Central a Auckland Central

Puntos destacados

  • Bay of Islands beaches
  • Giant kauri trees
  • Dolphin spotting

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Tour both coasts of the New Zealand’s warmest region and discover beaches and marine adventures of every description. Cruise the Hauraki Gulf from Auckland, city of sails, then travel north to Whangarei past surfing spots and character-filled towns. Enjoy the restaurants of the Whangarei waterfront before you launch into the Bay of Islands.

Historic sites, boat trips and dolphin spotting will occupy you until you’re ready to move on to Kaitaia, the base for tours to Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach. Follow the west coast back to Auckland, taking time to discover kauri forests, coastal lakes and local attractions like dune surfing and 4WD motorbiking. Some roads in this area can be windy. Drive with caution and make sure you are familiar with driving in New Zealand before setting out on this road trip.


Whangarei's central Quay is lined with cafes, galleries and shops.

Photo by Destination Northland

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Auckland - Whangarei

2 hrs

30 min

177 km

110 mi


Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is situated between two enormous harbours and dotted with 48 extinct volcanic cones. It’s a place to enjoy marine adventures, wine trails, forest walks and urban sophistication.

At the beginning of your journey, you’ll drive over the Auckland Harbour Bridge towards the bays and beaches of Auckland’s North Shore. The motorway will quickly sweep you northward, until the suburban scenery gives way to peaceful farmland.

Driving north, you’ll pass Hatfield’s Beach before coming across Waiwera, which means ‘hot water’ in Maori. The hot springs are the main attraction in this small, seaside village.

A drive through the Dome Forest will lead you into the rural service town of Wellsford. From here you can take a side trip to Pakiri - a great beach for surfing and horse treks. Kaiwaka is the next town on the map. At this point consider an eastern detour past the spectacular beaches of Mangawhai Heads, Langs Beach and Waipu Cove.

Whangarei is a subtropical city on the edge of a beautiful harbour. At the Quayside Town Basin complex you'll find stylish cafes and restaurants, as well as museums, art galleries and shops. Be sure to visit Whangarei Falls.

There's designer shopping for all the family in Auckland's CBD retail precincts

Comienza en Auckland Central

En el animado centro de la ciudad de Auckland, podés comprar todo lo que te plazca, saborear comida buenísima, explorar el ambiente artístico local y disfrutar de vistas impresionantes.

Whangarei Falls

Finaliza en Whangarei

La ciudad de Whangarei es un excelente lugar para introducirte en el relajado estilo de vida de Northland. Mirá los barcos mientras te relajás en un café junto al muelle.

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