Auckland Weekend Getways

Planning to book tickets this December for Auckland? Well, you can look forward to lots of sunshine and a warm summer. While there are numerous attractions in Auckland, it would be a good idea to also consider offbeat weekend getaways near the destination. Take a look at three of our recommendations.

Waiwera

Located around a forty minute drive from Auckland, this beautiful destination promises an enjoyable weekend. It is famous for its beaches and hot pools. If you want to take a stroll amidst abundant greenery and listen to birds chirping, head over to the Wenderholm Regional Park. Alternatively, you can also visit the striking Mahurangi and Tawharanui regional parks, for a picnic with your family or may be spend romantic times with your loved one over delicious food and wine. For an amazing snorkelling experience, check out Matakana, Leigh and Goat Island. You can choose to camp-out at the holiday park or go for the Waiwera Infinity Spa Thermal Resort for a luxurious stay.

Devonport

Devonport, situated on the North shore of Auckland is about a half an hour drive from the city. You can also reach Devonport in around 20 minutes by ferry. In fact, if you are holidaying in Auckland, make sure that you try out this ferry ride to Devonport. This seaside village, located at the base of the North Head, is a popular spot for local as well as international visitors. The place has a serene and isolated feel to it which makes it a relaxed and laid-back weekend destination. There are a number of Bed and Breakfast accommodation options. Cosy boutique shops, small cafes and restaurants ensure fun-filled times. You can reach the famous Cheltenham Beach in around half an hour on foot from here.

Awhitu Peninsula

The Awhitu Peninsula stretches along the southwest shores of the Manukau Harbour, about a 45 minute drive from the centre of Auckland. With holidaymakers generally heading to the north or the west for more popular beach holidays, Awithu remains a pristine location, if you are looking for a quiet and romantic summer getaway, far from the bustling crowd of tourists. The peninsula is home to beautiful beaches and also a promising place for activities such as mountain biking, birdwatching and kayaking. If you are a foodie, you will be happy to know that this place is a food-paradise as the large variety of natural produce in the area is generously used in the preparation of local cuisines at restaurants.

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