Auckland city

Pre-match jaunt – Great Barrier Island

If you’ve got time to kill and energy to expend, head to GBI – an untouched, tranquil paradise which boasts stunning forests, amazing views, hotpools, kayaking, bird and marine life. Walks range from an hour to three days. It’s a day away from Auckland on a ferry or 30 minutes on a plane.

Dropkick the hangover – North Head historic walk

North HeadGreat views plus a military defence settlement – guns, tunnels etc. It takes one hour each way and the start is a 20-minute ferry ride from the centre of Auckland.

Cool Campsite – Home Bay, Motutapu Island

Stunning setting in a national reserve, an easy 25-minute ferry ride from the centre of Auckland.

Back to nature

The Department of Conservation Auckland Visitor Centre is your gateway to the many conservation sites in the region:

Rangitoto Island, heart of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

Ferry cruise to Tiritiri Matangi Island to see rare NZ birds.

Real bird lovers can head to Miranda (one-hour drive) for the massive party which sees thousands of wading birds congregate after returning from overseas.