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GORGEOUS TAWHARANUI - Just 40 minutes from town with good waves, no serious rips and great snorkeling. Can get a bit busy on a good day, but you can always stop for a vineyard lunch at Matakana.


MATAKANA TO DO - Sheepworld famous for its pink sheep. *No animals were harmed in the process. #attraction #auckland #matakana

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T+L's Definitive Guide to Auckland

Just a 40 minute ferry ride from Auckland, Waiheke Island feels like a world away. Photo courtesy of lovecovetdream on Instagram.

The Catlins (New Zealand). 'Even for many New Zealanders the rugged Catlins coast is unknown territory. Avoid the speedy but functional inland route linking Dunedin and Invercargill, and traverse through the Catlins’ more diverse and interesting procession of isolated bays and coves, sweeping coastal scenery, and opportunities to meet the locals and the local wildlife.'