The straggling suburbs of north Auckland merge into the Hibiscus Coast, which starts 40km north of the city and is increasingly favoured by retirees and long-distance commuters. The region centres on the suburban Peninsula and the anodyne beachside community of Orewa, now mostly bypassed by the northern motorway. Immediately to the north, the hot springs at Waiwera herald the beach-and-BBQ scene of Wenderholm Regional Park and the classic old village of Puhoi. Passing beyond Puhoi puts you into Northland.

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