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Up North

Goat Island marine reserve

Up north of Auckland used to be rural, but with roading improvements and the ever-expanding growth of Auckland super-city, things are rapidly changing.

Once-rural farming community Matakana has become a hotbed of wineries, cafes & craft beer, while closer to the Big Smoke, former beach holiday destinations such as Orewa Beach and communities on the Whangaparoa Peninsula are seeing commuters race into Auckland each morning.

The beaches are still there though, brilliant locations for some fun in the sun. You’ll want your own wheels to explore up here.


Booming thanks to wineries!

Orewa Beach

3km of sand & surf

Tiritiri Matangi Island

Predator-free bird sanctuary

Whangaparoa Peninsula

Beaches galore 25km north of Auckland

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Darren Foreman