Take a break from the tech and take the family car for a spin on a classic Kiwi road trip. These not far from Auckland destinations are perfect family day trips.
Bridal Veil Falls
A light trek down south to Raglan, through winding country roads leads to the fantastic Bridal Veil Falls. The easy gradient forest walk takes you to a wide clearing where the serenade of our native birds ebbs away to the momentous roar of Bridal Veil Falls. For the more adventurous, a steep set of steps lead to the base of the fall, perfect for photos and picnics. Little legs may need a piggy back on the way back up to the top, though!
Cruise on through to Raglan and enjoy a well-earned pick me up from one of the many delightful cafes or grab an ice cream and enjoy the serenity of Raglan beach.
Mahurangi Regional Park
One of Auckland’s best kept secrets, Mahurangi Regional Park is a gorgeous hidden treasure. A sharp turn off the highway and along some unsealed roads, cars with travel sickness prone passengers take it easy. Well suited for any day trip, this picturesque park has it all. Plenty of grass for soccer, untouched sand for your favourite beach games and gorgeous glassy water for swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding and even fishing!
If you fancy a good leg stretch, take the cliff walk to get the heart rate up and enjoy those unique views and at low tide, clamber across the rock pools and see what you can find.
A fully packed adventure with plenty to do and a campsite nearby, if you plan to stay for a day or two.
For a chilled, family day out visit Warkworth. Stretch your legs with a cruisy walk along the river and stop off for lunch at Chocolate Brown’s – a cute café with a good range of food and something kids and adults alike will love. Chocolate Brown’s is part café, part chocolate factory! Watch hand-made chocolate, fudge and cakes be lovingly crafted, painted and moulded. So much to choose from and a great way to keep the kids quiet on the way home with a chocolate of their favourite dinosaur!
For spontaneity, try the non-toll road route back to Auckland and marvel at the gorgeous sights as you cruise up and down through the hills. Stop off at a nice place for a while, take your time. Why not, you’re on holiday.