DAY TRIPS FROM AUCKLAND - for your leisurely pleasure!

Here is a lovely selection of personally escorted leisurely day trips out of Auckland City -
heading north, south, east and west. Choose one that takes your fancy and we'll head out for a wonderful day.

The Programme for any of these trips can be adapted and/or upscaled if you wish to
incorporate specific places you'd like to visit or activities you'd like to do.
They can also be extended to short breaks if you wish.
Contact me
for more details!

PRICES: I have kept costs to a minimum to inspire you to "make it happen".
The first price quoted is the base cost for the day trip, for one person.
For each additional person, add the second cost. The total combined cost can be split between guests to make it truly affordable.
Max. four people.

Pick-up (9.30am) and drop-off (approx. 4.30pm) included - to be confirmed upon booking.


NORTH #1: Matakana Coast
COST: $280 / $20


We head northwards to Warkworth, calling into the delightful Museum to step back in time. After a walk through
the township, we continue on to “slow town” Matakana for a browse in the shops. After a relaxed lunch at a local café,
we’ll head out to pristine Omaha Beach for a walk on the sand and paddle in the sea.

We’ll also visit Matakana Country Park and The Vivian gallery. This day offers a wonderful slice of delights.

I know this area intimately – my family has had a beach house at Omaha since 1974. 

NB: This outing can be adapted to include a visit to the world-class Sculptureum instead of the Country Park
and The Vivian – additional entry cost $29pp.  



NORTH #2: Whangaparaoa & Hibiscus Coast
COST: $250 / $20


We drive north through Silverdale and out to the Whangaparaoa Peninsular to enjoy superb views back
across the city and lots of lovely beaches.

We’ll enjoy lunch beachside in Orewa, followed by a stroll on the beach to aid the digestion and a spot of
shopping if desired. After that, we’ll venture a little further north to Wenderholm to take a brief look at the
lovely regional park before heading home.

This lovely day trip is in the style of the traditional “Sunday drive” with lots of scenery to enjoy.

NB: Between 26th December and Easter Monday we’ll incorporate a visit to Couldrey House at Wenderholm.


NORTH #3: Historic Puhoi & Mahurangi West
COST: $260 / $20


We drive north to the charming bohemian settlement of Puhoi. We’ll enjoy morning tea at the Puhoi Cottage
Tearooms and then visit the Puhoi Heritage Museum. Next stop is the Puhoi Valley cheese factory and then
we drive out to Mahurangi West to take a look at remote and tranquil Sullivans Bay before heading back to town.

Old world charm and pristine nature rolled into one delightful day.



SOUTH #1: A Day out in Hamilton

COST: $380 / $35


Heading south to Hamilton, our day starts with a visit to the Waikato Museum followed by a guided
walk to learn about the history of the city (50 mins). Then we visit the magnificent Hamilton Gardens
where we can wander at leisure. A lovely day of discovery and pleasure.

NB: "Cut! Costume and Cinema" Exhibition is on at the Waikato Museum from 13th April to 21st July 2019 -
a showcase of costumes from renowned movies - and will be included for trips during this period.


EAST #1: Pohutukawa Coast

COST: $250 / $20


We start off in the busy village of Whitford then call into the seaside township of Beachlands before
heading to Maraetai Beach where we’ll enjoy lunch by the picturesque beachfront.

Then we head along the beautiful coastal road to Umupuia (Duders Beach) and back inland via Clevedon.

There are lots of Pohutukawa trees en route, hence the name of the area.  



EAST #2: Firth of Thames
COST $300 / $20


Our first stop is Clevedon then we drive onwards to Orere Point. From here, we take the scenic coastal road to
Kaiaua to enjoy fish & chips for lunch at Kaiaua Fisheries, renowned for its fresh fish.

We continue on to the historical fort village of Miranda before heading back to the city after a relaxed and revitalizing day.



WEST #1: Waitakere Ranges & Western Beaches
COST $250 / $20


We drive out west to Titirangi and visit the Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery (formerly Lopdell House) before
continuing towards the coast.

We’ll enjoy lunch in the Waitakere hills before driving down to Karekare Beach to see the spectacular black sands,
and then continue on to Piha to get a sense of why this beach is so popular.

Stunning views and rugged coastline make for a satisfying day out.



AUCKLAND #1: Views & Nature
COST $200 / $20


We start by driving round the waterfront to get a sense of the eastern bays. En route, we’ll go up to the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial on Bastion Point for superb views across the Waitemata Harbour. Then we head for Cornwall Park where we can take a wander, visit Acacia Cottage and have lunch in the café surrounded by trees, rotunda and beautiful views.

We’ll then visit the Wintergardens at the Domain and finish the day with a visit to the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

A delightful tour of a few of Auckland’s highlights.