By Camilla Rutherford
As well as hosting New Zealand's largest city, the Auckland region features many quaint, diverse places, including the 'island of wine', Waiheke Island.
This is the heart of Auckland, with a relaxed coastal living vibe by day and a night-time energy shared by the inner-city suburbs that surrounds it.
The picturesque Matakana region is a foodie's heaven known for its weekend farmers market, boutique food shops and spectacular vineyards.
Explore the southern headland of a large west coast harbour. Enjoy walks and tranquil beaches in a regional park, or step out along the wild ocean coast.
Waiheke is a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches, all just a 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland.
Rangitoto is the youngest and largest of Auckland's 48 volcanic cones, and is home to the world’s largest pohutukawa forest.
Kumeu is a refreshing blend of boutique wineries, orchards and rolling green farmland.
Clevedon village and the surrounding coast and country make up an authentic piece of rural New Zealand.
Piha is a scenic black-sand surf beach on the rugged coast west of Auckland. There are several walks through native forest in the surrounding hills.
Great Barrier Island is a large island with a small population. The forests, beaches and bays provide scope for all kinds of wilderness adventures.
A day trip to Kawau Island is pure magic. Visit Governer Grey’s mansion house, enjoy forest walks to old copper mines and swim at the beach.
Orewa's long Pacific Ocean beach is a place for swimming, surfing and long, relaxing walks. The town centre has everything a visitor could need.
Motor racing, horse racing and garden fresh vegetables are Pukekohe’s major attractions. This large country town is always buzzing with activity.
Warkworth acts as a gateway to the stunning beach and wine areas to the east. Goat Island, Tawharanui and Matakana are all within easy reach from here.
Helensville is a friendly place for a hot swim and a refreshment stop, or stay a while and use the town as a base for exploring the local countryside.
You’ll find Wellsford where the Northland and Auckland regions merge. Main street restaurants offer plenty of choice for passing travellers.