When arriving at the International Airport of Auckland you can rent a car from 110 euros a week, which will allow you to move with comfort and autonomy throughout the island. If you come from another part of the country, you can also rent a car at the Auckland Domestic Airport.
Auckland is a city centre that reflects the way of life of New Zealanders, calm is assured in its beautiful streets bathed by a radiant sun. It is located in front of a beautiful coastal landscape that makes the city a perfect place for your vacation. It is not difficult to realize why it is considered one of the cities with the best quality of life in the world.
Queen Street is the main street of the city centre and it has everything you want to buy. From there, you can walk to High Street and Chancery, where you will find designer shops and renowned local boutiques. Newmarket, located a few minutes by car from the centre, is the mecca of famous international brands with more than 40 designer shops.
The Great Barrier Island is the largest and most inland island in the sea of the Hauraki Gulf Islands in the Auckland region. The eastern coast of Great Barrier Island faces the ocean and is characterized by its high cliffs and a long line of sparkling waves beaches that contrast with the blue ocean. The west coast offers sheltered ports and deep sandy bays.
On a day trip to Kawau Island, you can walk through the forest to the old copper mines and swim on the beach. There are ferries that go to Kawau Island every day from the Sandspit pier, near Warkworth, which is north of Auckland, an hour and a half drive away.
On Kawau Island, Maori groups were originally settled. At that time, the tribes were faced by the right to live on the island. In the end, the island was abandoned in the 1820s, after the wars of the muskets.
In the 1840s, a copper mine was established on the island. You can still see the fascinating ruins of the underground copper mines, a pumping station and a small smelter. In Kawau there are hiking trails from half an hour to several hours long, and most of them are easy to navigate.
Only half an hour north by the Auckland Bridge, the village of Orewa extends inland from the end of a magnificent three-kilometres beach. It is an excellent destination if you like to swim, kayak or surf, windsurf and kitesurf. To enjoy the views of the coast, it is best to take a walk along the Millennium Walkway.
Piha is a black sand beach for surfing, located 45 minutes west of Auckland and it is popular among local people, especially in summer. You can take surf lessons or try rappelling down the Piha canyon.
Situated on the edge of the Mahurangi River, Warkworth is a beautiful village with an interesting variety of restaurants and accommodation. Warkworth is the gateway to the beach and wine areas to the east. From here, you can easily reach Goat Island, Tawharanui and Matakana.