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Driving Route : Auckland - Kaitaia - Auckland

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Day 1 : Auckland to Whangarei

Travel time is approximate only, based on an average driving speed under normal road conditions.

  Travel time Km (Miles)
Auckland - Orewa 0.5 hr 36 23
Orewa - Warkworth 0.5 hr 27 17
Warkworth - Whangarei 1.25 hrs 99 62
Totals for Day 2.25 hrs 162 101

Auckland - Orewa

Auckland - Orewa

36 km (23 miles)
Approximately 0.5 hour
Road Conditions: Motorway/State Highway

Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, is situated between two enormous harbours and dotted with 48 extinct volcanic cones. It's a place to enjoy marine adventures, wine trails, forest walks and urban sophistication.

At the beginning of your journey, you'll drive over the Auckland Harbour Bridge towards the bays and beaches of Auckland's North Shore. The motorway will quickly sweep you northward, until the suburban scenery gives way to peaceful farmland.

Before you reach Orewa, you have the option of taking an exit that leads to Silverdale and Gulf Harbour. Silverdale is famous for its factory and outlet stores. Gulf Harbour, at the end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, has a breathtaking golf course. Beautiful beaches can be found up and down the peninsula.

The town of Orewa spreads along the edge of a large, white sand surf beach. You can explore bush trails at the northern end of the town, visit the friendly shopping centre or dive into the waves for a refreshing swim.

Equally as scenic as the coastal route through Orewa, the Northern Gateway Toll Road opened in January 2009 and is a quicker option for those heading further north. Beginning at Orewa the 7.5 kilometre toll road includes twin tunnels that deliver motorists to Puhoi, avoiding the windy State Highway 1. Built with sustainability in mind, you'll travel on towering viaducts that leave the natural wildlife below undisturbed. The toll road is operated by a fully electronic system so you don't need to stop on the road to pay your tolls and you can keep travelling at motorway speeds. The easiest way to pay the $2 toll each way for cars or $4 each way for campervans and heavier vehicles, is to call 0800 40 20 20 or log on to www.tollroad.govt.nz before you travel. You can also pay up to three days after you travel. For more information on the toll road visit www.tollroad.govt.nz.

Orewa - Warkworth

Orewa - Warkworth

27 km (17 miles)
Approximately 0.5 hour
Road Conditions: State Highway

The town of Orewa spreads along the edge of a large, white sand surf beach. You can explore bush trails at the northern end of the town, visit the friendly shopping centre or dive into the waves for a refreshing swim.

Driving north, you'll pass Hatfield's Beach before coming across Waiwera, which means ‘hot water’ in Maori. The hot springs are the main attraction in this small, seaside village.

The next place of interest is Puhoi, a town originally settled in 1863 by immigrants from Bohemia. Cheese is the local claim to fame—buy some for your next picnic.

Enjoy native forest and farmland scenery all the way to Warkworth, a pretty town located on the banks of the Mahurangi River. From here it's easy to explore the many attractions of the district—surf beaches, marine and wildlife sanctuaries, vineyards, golf courses, regional parks and islands.

Warkworth - Whangarei

Warkworth - Whangarei

99 km (62 miles)
Approximately 1.25 hours
Road Conditions: State Highway

Warkworth is a pretty town on the banks of the Mahurangi River. From here it's easy to explore the attractions of the district—surf beaches, marine and wildlife sanctuaries, vineyards, golf courses, regional parks and islands.

A drive through the Dome Forest will lead you into the rural service town of Wellsford. From here you can take a side trip to Pakiri—a great beach for surfing and horse treks.

Kaiwaka is the next town on the map—pause here if you like Dutch cheese. At this point consider an eastern detour past the spectacular beaches of Mangawhai Heads, Langs Beach and Waipu Cove.

Just before Whangarei a right turn will take you to the Marsden Point oil refinery. The visitors' centre has an interesting display that explains the refining process.

Whangarei is a subtropical city on the edge of a beautiful harbour. At the Quayside Town Basin complex you'll find stylish cafes and restaurants, as well as museums, art galleries and shops. Be sure to visit Whangarei Falls.

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Auckland:
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