Auckland Escape


Auckland Escape? Kia Ora: Puhoi Village Origin of name: Maori for slow water – a reference to the tidal river that rules the town. Population: 500. Town slogan: Puhoi: Historic Village. Town origins: Settled in the 1860s by hardy pioneers from Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic, the intrepid Bohemians were lured with the promise […]

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Warkworth Walks – Walks Worth Walking More than just walks! Started in November 2009 and incorporated as a not for profit in 2012, Warkworth Walks offer guided walks over land usually not open to the public. This weekend there were another 13 spectacular guided trails through beautiful Warkworth, Mahurangi, Matakana, Kaipara, Leigh and Puhoi areas. The […]


An Easy Escape to Tawharanui Kathryn Webster packs art, markets and coastal treasures into a weekend Above Anchor Bay we set up our picnic: bread, hummus, salad greens, avocados, feijoas – all bought from Matakana Farmers’ Market. Out there lie Great and Little Barrier Islands. Above us, clouds gather and darken and threaten. Down at the […]

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