Where else can you leave the CBD and in thirty minutes be tramping in a rain-forest, walking on a wild uncommercialised beach, surfing in challenging waves or relaxing in a winery cafe? Escape the city and discover the breathtaking natural beauty and dramatic black sand beaches of the Waitakere Ranges and the wine districts of Henderson Valley and Kumeu Valley - Auckland's unique natural tourist attractions.
Wintertime Peace Solitude at Lion Rock, Piha
Take a walk around Lake Wainamu, surf the enormous sand dunes
Take a swim in the more gentle waves of Cornwallis
Walk atop huge cliffs and take in spectacular views of the stunning West Coast
Marvel at the huge Kauri and large Totara trees on the Auckland City Walk
Lovely deserted O’Neill Bay, near Te Henga
Stunning views as far as Whatipu from Tangihau Point, near Te Henga
Lovely quiet Tasman Bay, a short walk from Piha
with a picnic beside meandering bush streams or majestic waterfalls. Explore the many rainforest trails and peaceful seaside bays of the Auckland's Manukau Harbour, perfect for small children. Or take a walk on the wild side at the black sand surf beaches of Bethells, Piha and KareKare - location of 'The Piano'.
wine tasting or lunch at a West Auckland winery, cafe or restaurant. Visit West Auckland art galleries - or for a shopping experience, enjoy the village craft or farmers markets or West Auckland shopping malls of New Lynn and Henderson.