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Walk off your lunch or just enjoy a pleasant wander in this pretty reserve with native bush and birdlife. Take your camera as Okitu Lookout has wonderful views over Gisborne’s Wainui Beach and the surrounding hills
The place to be on a Saturday if you’re in the area – this is a showcase for the region’s stunning arts, crafts and gourmet foods.
Mount Tutamoe, Dargaville – This is Northland’s second highest peak (770m) so as you might expect, the going is tough, but just wait till you see the drop dead gorgeous views over the Kaipara Harbour and out to Whangarei Heads.
Come and check out Gore’s social history in this lovingly compiled collection of artifacts, photos and information.
A glacier-carved lake and picture-postcard alpine scenery – pack your camera, and take the drive out here to this tranquil setting.
Tawhai Falls, Tongariro National Park – The tiny 5m Tawhai Falls tumble over a lava flow amid Tongariro’s brown tussock grasslands and native forest. This short walk is great if you just want to stretch your legs without a mammoth trek.
Pukekohe – This busy farming and market town is a nice place to stop and soak up some country charm. There are markets on Saturday mornings and some great cafes if you want to splash out on lunch.
Kauri Point Centennial Park, Birkenhead – Tucked away in the middle of suburbia, this is tranquil oasis to go exploring, with shady trees, boardwalks over the wetlands, and a track to Kendall Bay, where you can jump in for a dip.
The rock formations here are millions of years in the making – and it shows – they’re truly spectacular.