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Driving Route : Auckland - Waiheke - Auckland

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Day 2 : Waiheke Island to Warkworth

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

  Travel time Km (Miles)
Waiheke Island - Auckland 0.75 hr 22 14
Auckland - Orewa 0.5 hr 36 23
Orewa - Warkworth 0.5 hr 27 17
Totals for Day 1.75 hrs 85 53

Waiheke Island - Auckland

22 km (14 miles)
Approximately 0.75 hour
Road Conditions: By Sea

Waiheke Island is a picturesque blend of farmland, forest, beaches, vineyards and olive groves. There's a good choice of accommodation—from luxury retreats to backpacker hostels.

Visits to vineyards, art studios and cafes will keep you busy, or you could simply find a perfect beach and make relaxation your top priority. Waiheke's also a great place for horse riding, golf and sea kayaking. Transport options include bus, taxi, rental car and motorcycle.

The ferry link to Auckland comes in two forms. Fast passenger ferries travel from Matiatia Bay to Auckland's central business district in just 30 minutes. Vehicular ferries operate between Kennedy Point and Half Moon Bay marina in east Auckland.

As you approach Auckland from the sea, you'll see why it's regularly named one of the best places in the world to live. As well as marine adventures, you can enjoy wine trails, forest walks and the culinary temptations of the city's restaurant zones.

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.

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 Māori. 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.

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Waiheke Island, Auckland:
Accommodation, Attractions and Activities, Tours, Transport, Visitor Information

Auckland:
Accommodation, Attractions and Activities, Tours, Transport, Visitor Information

Warkworth, Auckland:
Accommodation, Attractions and Activities, Tours, Transport, Visitor Information

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Large collection of independent hotels.

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