I’ve previously done a post about all the things I think are worth doing in Auckland but the best places I’ve been are all North of Auckland. So here is a list of all my favorite places outside of Auckland accessible with public transport and the things you can do there.
For me, all the places listed below are all perfect day trips out of the hectic city center or even could be made into a lovely weekend away or overnight trip. Below is a list of places I’ve been with a little bit of information about them, click on a place to see what I got up to there.
- To get here the best option is to go by ferry from Auckland’s main ferry terminal, the ferries run there every half an hour and take 15mins and same for return costing around $6 with a Hop card.
- There are lots of places to eat and drink here along with the navy museum, north head – City Views and Underground caves/tunnels, mount Victoria and beaches.
- The best way to get here is by bus so make sure you have your HOP card, it takes around 15mins from the civic center on Queens street and will cost around $3 and again you won’t be waiting long for a bus as they run very regular until late night.
- To me, this is what a city should feel like lots of quirky and unique places to eat and drink with all the shopping you can do as well as a lush beach with views of Rangitoto.
- To get here you will need to head to Britomart and catch the NEX bus to the hibiscus coast station this will take you around 40mins and from there catch the 982 to Stanmore bay, be sure to get off at the beach or plaza. All together this will take around 1hour and 20mins and cost $6 one way as the NEX bus is $6 WITH a HOP card and then connecting buses from stations are FREE if you get on within half an hour.
- Stanmore Bay has some shops if you get off at the plaza but I’d recommend it for the beaches, there is the Stanmore bay beach where you can get off or get off at the plaza and walk to some other beaches like big manly beach. Just search for beaches in the Whangaparaoa area.
- Same az above to get here you will need to head to Britomart and catch the NEX bus to the hibiscus coast station this will take you around 40mins and from there catch the 981 to Waiwera and get off at Orewa or the 985 to Orewa, the best place to get off is New World. All together this will take around 1hour and 20mins and cost $6 one way as the NEX bus is $6 WITH a HOP card and then connecting buses from stations are FREE if you get on within half an hour.
- Orewa is like a small seaside town plenty of places to eat and drink again like Coast the bar and restaurant I used to work at, and a lovely beach again, there is also hot pools in Waiwera where you could spend your morning before spending the afternoon in Orewa its self.
- You can find a return ticket to Waiheke for as little as $20 on the ferry and will take around 45mins to an hour. Once on the island, you will need to get a bus ticket to get around or hire a vehicle.
- The island is known for the vineyards and beaches as well as been slightly warmer than Auckland but there is also zip lining and walks you can do there.
- There is no public transport to get here so you will need to have a car or rent one for as little as $50 a day if there is a few of you that’s not much split. it takes around 40mins to drive there.
- Phia is famous for the black sand beaches from the volcanos, whilst in the area, there are lots of waterfalls like kitekite falls and karekare falls with walks to go along why not check them out.
- You will need to catch a ferry to get here from the main ferry terminal and will cost around $20 return and takes around 25mins.
- Rangitoto is a place for walking with a main walk to the summit of the volcano with amazing views or different routes to explore the lava paths and tunnels, make sure to take your own food and drink as there are no shops.