01, May, 2018
The best secret spots in Auckland you need to visit

Like every city in the world, Auckland has some hidden gems that not that many people know about. Those who are in the know tend to keep things under their hats. Well, as much as we feel bad for letting the cat out of the bag, we’re all about ‘exploring’ and we don’t want to keep these secret spots all to ourselves.

Here are  our favorite secret spots in and around Auckland


A top tip from GO Explorer Dee Reti, Tinopai is a great place to head if you want to explore the Kaipara Harbour. Safe, sandy beaches, amazing fishing and peace and quiet make this place a great place to spend the day, escaping the hustle and bustle of Auckland life. It feels like taking a step back in time and sometimes, we all need a bit of time out!


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. With a number of great walking tracks, picnic spots and black sandy beach, this is a great place to spend the day.


Auckland is spoilt for choice when it comes to regional parks. This one is certainly not the closest to Auckland, however as GO Explorer Carol Hood comments, it is one of the most beautiful. Located about an hour and 15 minutes north of Auckland, Tawharanui is set on a remote peninsula and boasts some of the region’s most pristine white sandy beaches as well as rolling pastures and coastal forest.


Puhoi is a hidden gem for a number of reasons. The Puhoi pub, one of New Zealand’s oldest pubs is one good reason to visit. The cheese is another. However, the best reason to visit Puhoi is to get out onto the river. This little secret spot can be spotted from SH1 as you head north out of Auckland but for many, they never stop to check it out. Error. The Puhoi River meanders its ways from Puhoi to Wenderholm Regional Park and is such a great way to check out this beautiful part of Auckland. It’s 8kms and you can take your time cruising downstream. Puhoi River Canoe Hire will even pick you up at the other end and bring you back.


Most people who head over to the west coast of Auckland head to one of the popular black sand beaches like Piha or Bethells. If you want to do something a bit different, park up at Bethells and take the Lake Wainamu Track; a 4km track which will bring you out to the stunning Wainamu Lake. It’s a great place to spend the day so make sure you pack a picnic and your swimmers and enjoy a full day out there.

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