One of the big questions we get asked by international visitors is 'how easy is it to travel around New Zealand' That's why we put together a list of ten top destinations that are all less than a 3-hour drive from Auckland. Fans of the great outdoors flock to New Zealand, and its beaches are a big part of the attraction. Top Auckland Beaches: See reviews and photos of beaches in Auckland, New Zealand on Tripadvisor. Often called Auckland's best-kept secret, Tawharanui Regional Park is located at the end of a long gravel road, about 90km from central Auckland. Us Aucklanders love exploring. "The facilities nearby are excellent - the Good Home Gastro pub is excellent albeit a bit pricey, but if you fancy a picnic visit the “Fresh Choice” supermarket opposite - there is also a cafe called Pearl kitchen..." "Best beach in New Zealand also patrolled by our wonderful lifeguards.Great surfing beach too across the road from great shops for lunches and coffees" Thanks to Roy Hayhurst for the top tip.

From geothermal wonders to white sandy beaches - explore New Zealand with GO Rentals Whether we don our lace-up booties for a waterfall hike or actively search out Dominion Road’s best dumplings, chances are, you’ll see us with a map in one hand, selfie stick in the other and a mind (and belly!) Get here and you'll be rewarded with some of the country's most beautiful white sand, wildlife, walking tracks and rockpools to explore. Located on Auckland’s rugged west coast, Karekare is a popular spot with surfers, however, it tends to be a bit of a secret for most people who favour the more touristy beaches of Piha, Bethells or Muriwai. WHERE TO LIVE IN AUCKLAND 1. Here are 15 of the best beaches. With a number of great walking tracks, picnic spots and black sandy beach, this is a great place to spend the day. If families with children tire of the beach, the playground at nearby JF Kennedy Memorial Park is one of Auckland's best, and the Mr Whippy van makes regular stops. Don't miss visiting Piha beach and Waiheke Island. Bring your tent and stay the night. Auckland CBD: If it’s the quiet life you’re after then Auckland’s Central Business District (CBD) definitely won’t be on the top of your list – with all of the city’s best bars, clubs and tourist attractions located in and around here, this is a lively and vibrant place to be. As well as hosting New Zealand's largest city, the Auckland region features many quaint, diverse places.