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A long weekend in Auckland...what to do?

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A long weekend in Auckland...what to do?


We are a family of two adults and two young adult sons travelling to Auckland this weekend (Sat, Sun and Mon) and are looking for suggestions for things to do. We will be hiring a car so we don't mind something a little out of town. We like to be busy so we were considering a harbour cruise/whale watching cruise, quad biking or 4WD touring, bush walking etc. Also, any suggestions for places to eat both in the city and nearby - hearty meals to fill a man's stomach without breaking the budget. We also like guided tours as these can be informative and fun...any recommendations for places that should be included on these tours? Outdoors activities preferably. All things considered, we are probably looking for something that is a little different to Aust and unique to NZ. Finally, are there any quirky 2nd hand/antique shops around the Auckland area and any good music/guitar shops?

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1. Re: A long weekend in Auckland...what to do?

Hi there, if you are hiring a car you could head nth west to the Kumeu area, there is a gannet colony, one of only a few in the country, at Muriwai beach which is a typical west coast black sand surf beach, has nice walks around. Nearby in wood hill forest is the mountain bike park and I believe some rope, flying fox attractions. Further out on peak road is an off road adventure park for quads and buggies, possibly called wood hill 4x4park. also in this area are lots of wineries, many that have cafes attached. if you are on this path there is a great 2nd hand antique store at the back of the old Helensville picture theater. Nearby Parakai has hot pools with Hydroslides and a few pubs which should satisfy the appetite of an active man.

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