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Take a small break from Auckland and check out this small touring route in a Sweet As campervan starting off in Auckland.
Auckland city lies on a narrow isthmus of volcanic land between the Waitemata and Manukau harbours. Once the capital city of New Zealand, it has galleries, museums, theatres and amenities that suit its reputation as one of the world’s leading cities. Auckland is broken up into 5 regions - North, South, East, West and Central. Each region is unique and all have stunning beaches and diverse activities. West Auckland is the home of the Waitakere Ranges, which is covered in native forest and nearby rugged West Coast Beaches. North Auckland features the Hibiscus Coast which boasts many beaches and great fishing. South Auckland is the gateway into Auckland with its world class international airport .Auckland's Eden Park and North Harbour Stadium were both venues for games of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Warkworth is at the head of the Mahurangi Harbour, about 45 minutes’ drive north of Auckland –gateway to a coastline of bays and islands, and to coastal resorts such as Matakana.
The Mahurangi River reaches the sea south of a peninsula with many bays, protected by Kawau Island, bounded to the north by the Tawharanui Peninsula, a regional park. North of Tawharanui are beaches and a marine reserve and observatory.
The region has boomed in popularity in recent years, with improved road access to Auckland, especially with lifestyle businesses, such as farming, wine-making, art and antiques. Warkworth has a long history with shipbuilding, timber and flour-milling that can be seen at local museums and centres. Spend some time checking out this rae and then it is time to move on to Northland.
Commonly referred to as the 'Winterless North', Northland's subtropical climate makes this region the ideal year round holiday destination.
The Far North region, includes Cape Reinga - the northernmost tip of New Zealand. Not far from here you can visit Ninety Mile beach and the Te Paki sand dunes. Kaitaia, the Far North's main town, is the departure point for many adventure activities in the area.
There are many authentic Maori cultural experiences available in the Bay of Islands area. This region is most popular for its big game fishing, sailing, scenic cruises, sightseeing and wildlife tours. The main town is Paihia which is usually packed with holidaymakers over the peak season (Dec-Feb). The small town of Russell, just a short ferry trip from Paihia is known for its holiday homes and tourist accommodation.
Far North / Cape Reinga
The Far North at the top of the North Island with 90 Mile Beach, Cape Reinga, with rivers and harbours, has plenty to see and do. Luxury and budget accommodation and adventure activities such as beaches, wilderness hiking, diving, fishing and hunting, surfing safari, horse trekking and more are available throughout the district. After a few days of fishing and meeting the locals head down the island again to Whangarei.
Located in the 'Winterless North' in Northland's subtropical climate Whangarei is a year round holiday destination. An aquatic paradise, Whangarei is surrounded by 100 stunning beaches, and nearby are the world famous Poor Knights Islands offering world class diving.
Then it's just a 2 hour drive back to Auckland to drop off your campervan.
What a great little trip bro.
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