Five easy weekend getaways from Auckland


Five easy weekend getaways from Auckland

A stone's throw
from Auckland

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Great Barrier Island

Head to the largest island in the Auckland region, great forests, beaches and bays providing scope for all kinds of wilderness adventures. The flights aren’t too expensive and can be considered an experience in itself.


Wine tasting on Waiheke Island

The ultimate island retreat with its many vineyards and wineries, only a 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland. Rent a bike and discover everything Waiheke has to offer!

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Bay of islands

The turquoise waters of the bay and its 150 undeveloped islands is bound to provide you with that holiday feeling. There are tones of things to do, including incredible boat tours and water sports.



With some of the North Island’s best white-sand beaches and amazing walking tracks, there is somthing for everyone. Only 2 hours drive from Auckland, you will find yourself enjoying the splendid isolation in no time.


Surfing in Raglan

New Zealand’s most famous surfing town is known for its relaxed atmosphere.  Cool down in the waves after spending time on the beautiful black sand beaches.  If you don’t feel like surfing, you can hike Mount Karioi (an ancient volcano), which has amazing views on a clear day (you might even see Mt Taranaki!).


Beer Can Chicken


Beer Can Chicken


Beer Can Chicken Recipe
Only 5 ingredients

–     Moa Session Pale Ale Cans

–     Lemon

–     Cracked salt and pepper

–     Panko crumbs

–     Free range chicken

–     Olive oil


1.   Make sure your chickens’ stuffing is removed.

2.   Prepare your chicken with any rub of your choice

3.   Pop the rear of the chicken on top of the beer can (which should be 3/4 full of beer, if it’s too full it boils over the side)

4.   Cook for about an hour or two at about 170 degrees Celsius

5.   Serve with a salad & chips and another couple of Pale Ale cans!





Shooting the extinct to preserve the endangered!

The exhibition Lonesome Beast Native was a continuation from 2014′s creative collaboration and photographic series ‘Lonesome Beast’ between Shelton Woolright and Dean Sacred, and this time round they added a few more popular local names to the mix.