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
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.
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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.