Auckland, Episode 1: Boutique shopping & West Coast beaches

Auckland is top-notch when it comes to boutique shopping & beautiful beaches.

Inspired by Episode One of the Kombi Diaries? Come and experience Auckland for yourself before starting your road trip. The Britomart precinct is a shopping (and dining hub), as are nearby Newmarket, Mt Eden, Ponsonby and Parnell. Bustling markets, like the famous farmer's market in Matakana, offer a chance to discover seasonal delicacies and meet the locals. 

Auckland Central →

Food & Wine in Auckland →

Auckland's West Coast Beaches →

Shopping →

Once you've seen the city, head north or west to sample local wines against sparkling sun set and golden sunset. Pack a picnic or take a dip - the raw beauty of Piha and the other west coast beaches is guaranteed to awe. 

Looking to create your own Kiwi road trip? Use our inspiring Kombi Diaries itinerary as a guide. 

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Wellington, Episode 2: Food, wine & culture in the capital →

West Coast, Episode 3: Back to nature →

Wanaka, Episode 4: A gourmet getaway →

Queenstown region, Episode 5: Alpine grandeur & Middle‑earth →