This coastal area on the Hauraki Gulf is only about half an hour north of central Auckland, and its beaches and attractions make it a popular weekend and holiday getaway for Aucklanders. It’s also a good weekend escape for backpackers working in Auckland, or for those who want to visit Auckland but don’t want to stay in the city.
The main centre on the Hibiscus Coast is Orewa, a resort town with a good selection of dining and shopping options, and a nice 3km-long beach. Windsurfing is a popular activity in the area. An indoor winter-sports recreation centre called Snow Planet in the town of Silverdale has also become an attraction.
Coming and going
It takes a little over an hour to travel between Auckland and Orewa by public transport. Take the NEX bus route from Britomart in central Auckland and then transfer to bus route 981 at the Hibiscus Coast bus station. The one-way bus fare is $12.50 or $6.10 if you pay using an AT Hop card.