Day Trips in Auckland (city)

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On a day trip, you should not miss the soaring peak of Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain; and the near-perfect volcanic cone of Mt Taranaki. Some historic places like Waitangi, where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 joining British and Maori as one nation, are significant culturally to the nation as a whole. A cornerstone of New Zealand society, every year Waitangi Day celebrations take place here.

An other way to spend a day out of the city is in or on the water that surrounds this interesting city. A trip to Waiheke island just 30 mins from downtown Auckland by ferry and you'll find a true island experience with great beaches, food and even wineries.

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Three hours drive south of Auckland you'll find Rotorua,the best known spa of New Zealand. Auckland is in the centre of New Zealand's most active thermal region where many motels and hotels have their own natural spas. At the Polynesian Spa, you can choose from a range of temperatures and mineral compositions in a beautifully landscaped natural environment.

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Boat Cruises

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Relax on deck and see New Zealand's beautiful coastline and waterways from a unique offshore perspective. You could find yourself cruising through glorious bays, island-studded gulfs and sheltered waterways, or exploring inland rivers and lakes. You will find magnificent scenery not visible from the roads, as well as marine and birdlife which may include penguins, seals or albatross. Sightseeing can be combined with activities like fishing, diving, swimming with dolphins or even whale watching.

Sailing boats or motor launches can take you on trips ranging from a few hours to more..

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