Exploring Rangitoto, lunching on Waiheke, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland
Rangitio is a large dormant volcano that sits literally in Auckland's back yard - the Hauraki Gulf. Although it's such a familiar land mark in Auckland, it is a place that every Aucklander should visit and climb at least once. A 40 minute walk to crater, leads you to a breathtaking lookout that encompasses Auckland and it's surrounding islands.
Another spot, only a short getaway from Auckland is Waiheke Island, full of beautiful sandy beaches and vineyards.