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Auckland

Mt Albert, Point Chevalier, Western Springs – Western Springs has a number of visitor attractions – the Auckland Zoo, the transport museum, MOTAT, and the Western Springs Park.

Mt Roskill, Sandringham, Morningside – The heart of Auckland suburbia. If you want to see how middle Auckland lives, take a stroll around these quaint townships.

Hillsborough, Three Kings, Balmoral – From various vantage points Hillsborough features some spectacular views over the Manukau Harbour.

Westmere, Herne Bay, Ponsonby, Grey Lynn – The chic and fashionable suburbs of Auckland's central–west. A great area to dine, and to shop for limited edition fashion.

Epsom, Mt Eden, Eden Terrace – Mt Eden village sits beneath its namesake, an extinct volcano. You can walk or drive to the summit for panoramic views.

City Centre – Auckland's CBD is a good size for a city centre. There are many sprawling parks and boulevards. Most people can walk its length or breadth in around 15 minutes.

Parnell, Newmarket – The retail zone for upmarket fashion centres and stylish boutiques. There are many popular bars, restaurant and cafés.

Remuera, Meadowbank, Eastern Bays – Remuera is the wealthiest suburb in Auckland. Its broad northern slopes are home to the most expensive collection of real estate in New Zealand.

Glen Innes, Tamaki, Panmure – These are mainly state housing suburbs that border onto industrial zones.

Penrose, Ellerslie, Mt Wellington – Penrose and Mt Wellington are industrial zones. Ellerslie is renowned for its perennially–popular horse racecourse.

Southdown, Westfield, Otahuhu – Densely packed with warehouses and factories, these suburbs are among the largest industrial zones in New Zealand.

North Shore

Devonport – A picture–postcard township and seashore. Frequented by cross–harbour ferries, Devonport is home to the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Takapuna – Takapuna features a broad, curving beach along the township's entire length. It is one of the most popular beaches in Auckland – a favourite for Takapuna workers for a lunchtime swim during summer.

Northcote, Birkenhead – The heart of North Auckland suburbia. If you want to see how middle Auckland lives, take a stroll around these quaint townships. Northcote Point features historic houses with outstanding city views.

Glenfield, Forrest Hill, Sunnynook – The heart of North Shore City's industrial zone – a mixture of commercial and residential real estate.

Albany, Greenhithe – The fastest growing commercial, industrial and residential zone in the Auckland region. Visit the Albany Mega Centre for big brand retail chain stores.

East Coast Bays – A collection of about nine secluded bays, each with its own unique charms. Most of the bays are not far from either Forrest Hill Road or the East Coast Road.

Waitakere City

Avondale, New Lynn, Glen Eden – The heart of west Auckland suburbia. If you want to see how middle Auckland lives, take a stroll around these quaint townships. Avondale's Alexandra Park is a major horse trotting venue.

Green Bay, Titirangi, Laingholm – The thriving township of Titirangi has a unusually high number of artisans and craftspeople, drawn to the natural surroundings of the Waitakere Ranges and West Cost surf beaches.

Henderson, Te Atatu, Massey – Henderson is where winemaking originated in New Zealand. It is a perfect place to take an afternoon trail around the many vineyards on a sunny day.

Waitakere Ranges – These ranges are covered in native forest that is alive with songbirds. There are countless trails and points of interest – check out the visitor centre on Scenic Drive for trail information.

Cornwallis, Huia, Whatipu – In direct contrast to the thundering surf beaches outside the Manukau Heads, inside is a picture of tranquillity. The beaches at Cornwallis and Huia are great for a gentle dip.

Karekare, Piha, Anawhata, Bethells – Surf's up almost constantly here. With the Southern Ocean providing the perfect wave generating machine, these iron–sand beaches often feature world–class surfing breaks.

Manukau City

Waitangi – An ornate Maori meeting house and waka (war canoe) are hightlights of a visit to the Waitangi estate.

Haruru Falls – Walk or drive to Haruru Falls through the Waitangi National Reserve - the hike includes a boardwalk over mangroves.

Matauri Bay – Climb to the top of the historic Pa site and look out to the Cavalli Islands; or dive the remains of the Greenpeace ship, the Rainbow Warrior.

Whangaroa Harbour – This spectacular harbour, surrounded by rugged cliffs and unusually shaped hills, was created by a volcanic explosion.

Taupo Bay – White sands, big surf and excellent fishing spots make Taupo Bay a popular holiday destination.

Mangonui – Attractive harbour town with a long history - at the turn of the century, it was one of Northland's busiest towns.

Coopers Beach, Cable Bay and others – Famed for their very white sands, shady pohutukawa trees and excellent fishing. Rent a bach and relax.

Rodney District

Orewa Beach – Pristine white sand beach that is very popular all year round. Nice flat walks with boutique shops. Wind surfing and kite flying are popular activities.

Warkworth – A town that is gateway to the coastal hot spots of Leigh, Pakiri, Snells Beach, Sandspit and Omaha.

Whangaparaoa Peninsula – On the outskirts of the greater Auckland area. Great white sand beaches for swimming including Tindalls, Little Manly and Red beaches.

Parakai – On the outskirts of Helensville, this locale is known for its thermal hot pools and being the gateway to the South Head of the Kaipara Harbour.

Snells Beach – Very popular holiday spot for city-weary Auckland urbanites. Great off-shore fishing and diving.

Helensville – A big farming community on the Kaipara Harbour with fishing, golfing and cruises among the more popular past times.

Waiwera – Coastal town on the way north from Auckland with a sheltered beach good for fishing. Famous for its thermal hot pools, which are popular all year round.

Wellsford – Farming settlement that includes fruit growing as one of its local industries. Close to the surf beach at Mangawai Heads.

Kumeu – Becoming known as a satellite town for the greater Auckland area and those who like lifestyle blocks. Vineyards dot the landscape.

Puhoi – Becoming famous throughout the land for its boutique cheeses. Also a quaint stop-off point when heading north.

Matakana – Boutique Rodney town getting a reputation for its vineyards. Check out the Saturday morning farmers' market.

Waimauku – Small rural community halfway between West Auckland and Helensville. Close to vineyards and the turn off for the gannet colony at Muriwai Beach. Popular amongst 10-acre block lifestylers.