Name: Aisling O’Sullivan
Position: Digital Content Specialist

What is your favourite ‘undiscovered location’ in New Zealand?
Anchor Bay, Tawharanui

Why is it special to you?
One of the reasons I love living in Auckland is that you’re never too far from a beautiful beach. After exploring all the nearby hotspots, and about a year after arriving in New Zealand, a friend told me about Tawharanui’s beaches.
Although it’s a bit of a mission to get there (read: winding gravel roads!), it’s worth the drive. Anchor Bay’s white sand and calm, clear waters were unlike anywhere I had been before.
Tawharanui Regional Park has four beaches and a campground where you can stay overnight and listen out for the kiwi birds. There’s snorkelling, diving, kayaking and hiking trails to be explored.

Who did you travel with?
I first went with a group of friends. We brought a picnic, played frisbee, explored the rockpools and swam in the sparkling water.

Although it was the height of summer, there weren’t too many people around – it’s often called “Auckland’s best-kept secret”.

What is your best piece of advice for people visiting this spot?
The water is not always calm, making it popular among surfers and boogie boarders. Remember to bring enough food for the day as the nearest shops are back along the gravel road.

What is the closest airport/how do you get there? 
Located about 90 minutes from Auckland City, take SH1 north to Warkworth and follow the signs to Matakana. From there, turn right at the Omaha turn-off and drive along Takatu Road, following the signs to the Tawharanui Regional Park.