Auckland boasts an incredible blend of urban culture and natural beauty. Take advantage of the city’s stunning surroundings by renting a car for a day trip from Auckland!
Mystical Black Sand Beach Day Trip from Auckland
Crowded summer weekends in Auckland give you the urge to hit the road! Escape the crowds with a jaunt to Piha beach, the perfect day trip at just under an hour’s drive from Auckland city centre. Take Auckland’s North Western Motorway (SH16) to Te Atatu Road and follow the winding roads to Piha beach. Be sure to stop at Seaview Road’s lookout area to take pictures of the scenery before heading down to the beach. This stunning area is a popular surf destination, but there is also a clearly marked swimming area. Cool off with a stroll through the laidback seaside village, complete with café and bar. Try a different route for your ride home by staying on Scenic Drive instead of turning on to West Coast Highway.
Day Trip from Auckland to Goat Island Marine Reserve
Opened in 1977, Goat Island was New Zealand’s first marine reserve and preserves a magical array of marine wildlife to the great pleasure of snorkelers and divers visiting the area. An excellent destination for families, Goat Island is an ideal day trip from Auckland. Follow State Highway 1 north of Auckland for approximately 90 km (about 1 hour) to Warkworth. This beautiful coastal town is a great place to stop for lunch, with plenty of cafés and sandwich shops for hungry travelers. Once you reach the beach, rent snorkeling equipment and set forth directly from the beach to experience the region’s beautiful sea life. Rich with fish, shellfish, and crayfish, Goat Island also enjoys frequent visits from dolphins, orcas, and even fur seals in winter! The whole family will enjoy this scenic natural enclave.