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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Auckland

Waiheke Island

This large island is only 35 minutes by ferry from the central city and boasts several beautiful beaches and dozens of vineyards offering cellar-door tastings (where the entire collection of wine is offered up).


Rugged, wild, and a little bit dangerous, Karekare Beach has provided the setting for the highbrow Oscar-winning movie The Piano as well as trashy TV series like Hercules and Xena Warrior Princess.


Black sand and rough surf are the hallmarks of this beautifully long beach, broken only by the jagged outcrop of Lion Rock.


This small coastal village is home to a popular thermal spa complex featuring large swimming pools, waterslides, movie premier nights, and private mineral baths and treatments.

Goat Island Marine Reserve

Step into the shallow waters at this protected reserve and you'll be wading through hundreds of brightly colored fish. Bring a snorkel (you can rent one in Auckland) for the best views.

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