Often misunderstood, this city has grown to dwarf New Zealand's other cities. The reason, according to one eminent historian is lifestyle. I agree with him. This is not an easy city to understand for those who want to do it themselves. Our clients have had an excellent time.
With the maritime playground - second to none - of the Hauraki Gulf and its marine life, vineyards and beaches - and on the other side black sand beaches and crashing surf near mountainous rainforest - there really is a lot to do. The West Coast has been home to a number of films, from The Piano, to Xena and Hercules. This is also the world's largest Polynesian city for those interested in South Pacific cultures. There are plenty of boutiques, restaurants, bars and cafes for those who have had an overdose of countryside.