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The Best of Summer in Auckland

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Beaches, boats, BBQ—welcome to summer in Auckland.
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Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand
Waiheke Island is just a 30-minute ferry from Auckland. After a day of wine tasting and beach walks, we woke to an amazing sunrise over Oneroa Bay.
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Pakiri 0972, New Zealand
Not far from Matakana is my favourite place in the world for horse riding - the stunning 14km long white sand Pakiri Beach. Whether you're a novice saddling up for the very first time, or an experienced rider, you will love the guided rides in...
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Corner Beaumont Street and Jellicoe, Jellicoe St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Over summer the Auckland Council puts on free movies at Silo Park for the enjoyment of everyone. Bean bags and picnic hampers rule the roost as the night's feature is beamed up on one of Silo Park's former grain silos. It's best to walk there...
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Takapuna Beach, Auckland 0622, New Zealand
The walk around the coastline from Takapuna to Milford is one of Auckland's best urban adventures. Lace up a good pair of walking shoes that can handle uneven surfaces, then start at the northern tip of Takapuna Beach. On the way you'll enjoy...
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1 Tennis Ln, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Every summer Auckland holds two major tennis tournaments: the WTA ASB Tennis Classic for women and the men's Heinekan Open. The players usually use the tournaments as a warm-up for the Australian Open held a few weeks later. Big names to have...
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Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand
Now this is fishing. Why slum it on land when instead you can charter a launch and spend the day out fishing on the Hauraki Gulf? Captain and crew can take you to the best spots and even if you don't manage to catch "the big one" you'll still have...
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Long Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
Nothing says summer in Auckland like a BBQ, and one of the best places to take your family is Long Bay Regional Park. You can book any of the electric or wood-fired BBQs and best of all, they're all free to use! There are also seven bookable table...
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Goat Island, New Zealand
Goat Island is just north of the village of Matakana and another ideal spot to spend a summer's day. It was New Zealand's first fully protected marine reserve so you don't have to go very far offshore to be surrounded by schools of fish. If you...
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Henderson Valley, Auckland, New Zealand
This is a tranquil place hidden in the hills. If you are quite enough, you almost feel like you have stepped back in time to a secret world that is all your own.