4 must-see destinations to explore close to home

Sometimes the best holidays aren’t as far away as you think. Rediscover hidden gems nearby and put a new perspective on what’s close to home. Here are the four top stops!

1. Coromandel Peninsula

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Take just a short drive east from Auckland and you’ll land you in the spectacular Coromandel Peninsula. From the rainforest trails of Karangahake Gorge to the crystal waters of the Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve, it’s easy to plan a holiday on the Coromandel that ticks all the boxes. The peninsula has stretches of unmatched coastlines that are home to some of the most unique beaches in the country. And this is one of those extraordinary destinations where you can find your family either a bach with ocean views or a holiday home with an expanse of secluded rainforest.

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2. Lake Taupo

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All it takes is less than a four-hour drive from Auckland (or less than five hours from Wellington) to be lakeside at Taupo. Taking a holiday in the vicinity of Lake Taupo has something for everyone ⁠— even the fussiest of family members. With breathtaking waterfalls, scenic hot springs, and watersports galore, anyone who has an affinity for the water will feel right at home. Look to base yourselves in a gorgeous lakeside cabin or find yourselves a cosy bach surrounded by greenery to call your own and have a holiday filled with nature-filled memories.

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3. Queenstown

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Head west from Dunedin you’ll quickly find yourself among the spectacular Southern Alps. The area surrounding Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu is easily one of the world’s most scenic locations. There are iconic hiking trails and ski fields, secluded lakeside retreats, pristine forests, and mountainside vistas all waiting for your family’s next adventure. You’ll be spoiled for choice with plenty of holiday homes with water and mountain views where your family can watch the boats go by and the birds soar by the peaks right from your window.

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4. Rotorua

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A three-hour drive from Auckland lands you in the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Spend days exploring the cultural experiences of the lakeside town and its surrounding natural landmarks. From the bubbling pools and geysers, to the six hectares of Californian Redwoods, there’s a natural phenomenon practically around every corner. And the best part of Rotorua is with the 18 lakes and three major rivers in the area to choose from, there’s an abundance of waterside baches where your family can get away from it all.

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