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Twin Coast Discovery Highway

Auckland Central, Auckland, New Zealand
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So many beautiful little towns to wander through. So many great little cafes to sit and have a... read more

Reviewed July 30, 2013
Karen W
Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia
Take your time via SH16

This is a route I have travelled many times, magnificient views, plenty of places to explore... read more

Reviewed July 29, 2013
Eunice S
Auckland, New Zealand
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This driving route takes visitors roundtrip from Auckland through the island's scenic Northland region, offering beautiful views of coastlines and farmland.
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  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

So many beautiful little towns to wander through. So many great little cafes to sit and have a cuppa. Road is not hard to drive and we went up the east and back via the west. A really great day out to sightsee

Thank Karen W
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a route I have travelled many times, magnificient views, plenty of places to explore, Helensville, Port Albert, Wellsford, rural NZ at it's best. The Kaipara harbour is also worth seeing. Enquire in Helensville about a trip on the harbour.

2  Thank Eunice S
Reviewed July 13, 2013

Forget the radio - the amazing sights along the way will keep you buzzing. Make sure you get tot he top and the lighthouse and where the oceans meet. You will need considerable time to drive as it is hilly and this slows the driving...More

2  Thank Lorraine40002013
Reviewed July 13, 2013

A nice way to spend a day but the towns along the route are not standouts. Lots of attractive countryside but NZ is full of this. Worth doing if you have an extended stay in Auckland but definitely not a priority.

3  Thank StewWoodend
Reviewed June 25, 2013

We travelled on this highway, whenever the opportunity was there. Even in the dreadful weather that we experienced during our visit, we are still glad that we took this route, as we saw some beautiful beaches and scenery. Very slow going at times because it...More

1  Thank Mary L
Reviewed May 27, 2013

I drove on a sunday morning and literaly no trafic at all. very nice views, beautiful scanic valleys, lush green earth and clear sky a beautiful morning. Have extra 30 minits and drive at leisure to enjoy in full. One way try to avoid the...More

2  Thank selvan_koilpillai
Reviewed April 22, 2013

Scenery awesome and diverse with big skies and big landscapes. Reminded me of the West Coast of Scotland on steroids! Must visits - Bay of Islands, Russell, Paihai, Kawakawa (a slightly tired town, where all the locals smile and say hello! Also has a vintage...More

1  Thank Arte1
Reviewed March 6, 2013

We had great fun on the Rawene ferry and a tasty lunch in Omapere. Loved the roads around Kaitaia and out to the Peninsulas.

1  Thank Tammy A
Reviewed January 18, 2013

A really lovely trip. Everywhere you looked there was something wonderful. Vast space with hardly another vehicle on the road. The weather was great and that did make a difference but have never seen anything like this in any other country.

1  Thank TrishCornwall
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Our campervan company recommended taking this route to avoid the toll road north of Auckland (head north along the motorway, then take the turn off with the wave sigh on it - about 20km north). You can follow the road for hours and hours and...More

2  Thank tractor33
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