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What better way to spend your weekend than exploring the area around you? Auckland is a great location to be in if you live for day trips and weekend adventures, there are many beautiful places within a few hours from the city!

Shakespear National Park

Shakespear National Park is a beautiful sanctuary that features various birds that will catch your eye. Situated on the coastline of the Hauraki Gulf you could spend the entire day there. Hangout on the beach, participate in the 5 km walk or just sit on the grass and hang out with the wildlife. 

Time from Auckland: 40 mins

Where to Stay: Stay at home! 

Waitakere Ranges

Mountain ranges and black sand beaches, need I say more? There are plenty of walks, including some that lead to beautiful waterfalls. This trip is an Instagram post waiting to happen.

Time from Auckland: 40 minutes 

Where to Stay: Just stay home and save that $!!

Karioitahi beach

This beach is so beautiful! As you drive through the farmland to get there you would never down this hidden gem even exists. Once you get to the beach, there are cliffs and black beach sand as far as the eye can see. The perfect little getaway. 

Time from Auckland: 1 hour

Where to Stay: Home! You can day trip this one!

Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island will eternally hold a soft spot in my heart. On top of being gorgeous and maintaining that surf-town relaxed vibe, it is where Matty and I got engaged. Diving, snorkelling, and horseback riding are among the activities available on the island. There is incredible food and the accommodations are adorable. 

Time from Auckland: 1 hour (ferry) 

Where to Stay: Airbnb 

Rotorua

Rotorua is a great weekend getaway with lots of thermal activity to enjoy. If you are into nature walks you can check out the redwood forest, if you love being pampered there are spas to go relax in and if want culture there is a living Maori village to enjoy. Check out Rotorua Canopy Tours for some fun!

Time from Auckland: 3 hours 

Where to Stay: Base Rotorua

Forgotten Highway

This 150km highway is full of adventures. You can choose to drive it or cycle it but beware, the road is a bit of a mess. There are plenty of stops along the way with activities such as fishing, self-drive rail carts and museums. There are also beautiful sights such as lavender fields and waterfronts. 

Time from Auckland: 3.5 hours

Where to Stay: Bradley’s Garden Bed & Breakfast

90-mile beach

This beautiful beach stretches along the coast for 88 km and is classified as a highway. There are plenty of activities including sandboarding, fishing, and helicopter rides. 

Time from Auckland: 5 hours

Where to Stay: Airbnb 

There are plenty of other options for day or weekend trips out of Auckland but these are our favourites. We would love to see your adventures! Tag us on Instagram @youptourofficial

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