Keep the jandals handy, because one of the country's best beaches is just a few minutes walk from your door. With a 3km long stretch of golden sand, Orewa Beach is perfect for everything from gentle strolls to surfing and stand-up paddle boarding.

Local Highlights

Go bush

Right next door to Kensington Park is the Alice Eaves Scenic Reserve - a stunning remnant stand of Kauri and broadleaf forest. It's a rare view of New Zealand virgin bush as it used to be, but within the convenience of well-formed tracks, steps and raised walkways.

Tee time

A few minutes drive over the hill, you'll find an immaculately groomed golf course in an iconic New Zealand rural back drop. Nestled among the 80-year-old pine trees and rolling hills, Wainui Golf Club offers world-class facilities for players of all levels - including, and perhaps most importantly, an outstanding 19th hole.

Make tracks

It's always ski season at Kensington Park because Snowplanet, New Zealand's only indoor ski field, is just five minutes down the road. Perfect whether you're a first-timer or an expert, you'll find a lift, a slope and a lesson to suit you. Later, join the apres-ski scene in the 7 Summits Restaurant & Bar. Schnapps, anyone?