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Where to Relax in Auckland
By: Glenn Rice   |    December 18, 2012   |   0 Comments (0) (0)

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Auckland is one of the sunniest spots in New Zealand. Itís a well-developed city that also offers a refreshing environment composed of harbours, parks, and natural wonders. Combined with its warm-temperate climate, itís a dream destination for those whoíd like to treat themselves to a real getaway.

And if youíre looking to enjoy and relax in Auckland, among the things you should check out are their golf courses, spas, and culinary adventures.

Golf

When in New Zealand, youíll have your pick of some of the top-ranked golf courses in the world. In Auckland, Titirangi Golf Club is one of the favourites among golfers of all skill levels.

Youíll love not just the par-70 golf courseís challenging fairways and bunkers, but also its design thatís in harmony with nature. Nestled between the Waitakere Ranges and the Manukau Harbour, the Titirangi golf course was designed by Dr. Alister Mackenzie, whoís known for always considering the look and nature of the course site.

Only a 20-minute drive from Auckland city and youíll arrive at this golferís destination that gives players both the challenge of the game and a quick getaway from the city.

If you want to know more about golfing at the Titirangi Golf Club, you can visit http://www.titirangigolf.co.nz/layouts/terraces/Template.aspx?page=Green+Fees&ComeFromCat=68.

Spa

What would a relaxing holiday be without visiting a spa? Take a 25-minute drive from Auckland City and youíll enter a heavenly abode called Spa Di Vine. It is a family-owned boutique spa that boasts service thatís strictly by appointment only.

As it sits a few kilometres from the winemaking region of Kumeu, donít be surprised that it takes pride in its massages and treatments that uses no less than products derived from grapes. Youíll also have more doses of stress relievers in their serene surroundings. You can choose from a half- or a full-day treatment. But if you want a complete weekend of relaxation, you can stay the night at the Vineyard Cottages after your day at the spa.

Food and Wine

If satisfying your tastebuds is your idea of a holiday, then you should head off to Kumeu Wine Country. Aside from its wineries, it has excellent restaurants, cafes, breweries, and markets.

Kumeu River wines offer some of the countryís best chardonnays that have that clean, refreshing taste ideal for your relaxing vacation. Nobilos Wine Group, on the other hand, makes award-winning sauvignon blanc that every wine lover will enjoy. It is one of the largest wine producers in New Zealand and highly recognised by the international wine industry.

This region also has every type of dining indulgence Ė from a fine dining country restaurant to a cosy tavern by the river. But the most interesting luxury in dining in this area is sampling all the local produce and gourmet offerings in the Kumeu Country Market. Pastries, chocolates, deli items, and the freshest farm produce presented in this charming food fest at the Kumeu Showgrounds during spring and summer seasons are absolutely worth the trip.

Further information about Kumeu Wine Country is available on http://www.kumeuinfo.co.nz/.

Pampering yourself on your vacation in Auckland is easy. You might be surprised at the luxury this North Island destination can give you. Play golf, enjoy the spa, or wine and dine. Whichever suits you, youíll surely end up satisfied with what this city offers.

Check out good flight deals to Auckland on cheapflights.com.au.

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