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Local Attractions

The Big Blue House is very central and forms a gateway to many other attractions. It is a short distance to the cafe scene in Ponsonby and more family-oriented activities such as MOTAT and the Zoo can be found nearby. A short drive will take you to the Waitakere ranges and nearby beaches...
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Take time while you are staying at the Big Blue House to visit major Auckland attractions right on our doorstep. A 15-minute walk will take you to the Auckland Zoo and the Museum of Transport & Technology. MOTAT

While you are there, take a walk around the lake at Western Springs Park and enjoy the swans, ducks and geese. The park is also the venue for community events such as the annual Pasifika Festival, New Zealand's largest Pacific Island's cultural event, held annually.

The Big Blue House has several beautiful nature walks close by. In 15 minutes you can be strolling on a board-walk across the mangroves at Cox's Bay Reserve or watching local school children play cricket or rugby. A similar distance the other way will take you to Meola Reef, an old lava flow, now covered in paddocks with grazing cows, surrounded by native bush on one side and the sea on the other. The peaceful enclave is a haven for wading birds including the Blue Heron.

The local area of Westmere, Grey Lynn and Ponsonby is known for its cafes and restaurants and shops. There are several cafes within easy walking distance from the Big Blue House. A trip to the Ponsonby Shops, and in particular, the Women's Bookshop is a must while you are here.

Hop on the bus to the city centre at the bus stop just 2 minutes from the front door of the Big Blue House. Once in town, there is easy access to all the main tourist attractions and shopping centres. You can look at the view of the city from the Sky Tower.

Catch a bus to Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World (

A short ferry ride will take you to historical Devonport where you can explore the wide range of restaurants, cafes, beaches, art galleries and shopping.

Western Springs Stadium is in easy walking distance from the Big Blue House. You can organise your visit to coincide with a special event at the stadium. It has hosted well-known musicians such as the Bee Gees, U2 and Bruce Springstein. Speedway is a regular Saturday night event.

Local community and sports facilities include Grey Lynn Community Centre, the Auckland Women's Centre (, yoga classes, the Auckland Buddhist Centre and churches of most denominations.


Regional Attractions

A scenic three hour drive North will bring you to the Bay of Islands where you can enjoy Big Game Fishing and marine attractions or visit the Waitangi Treaty House and other historical sites.

Two hours drive to the beautiful, untouched Coromandel Peninsula known for its white beaches and bush-clad hills.

For those venturing further, Wellington and the South Island are only an hour away by air. New Zealand's capital city Wellington is known for its galleries and promotion of the arts.
Christchurch is the 'garden city' and the gateway to the stunning scenery of the South Island.
Queenstown, Fiordland and Kaikoura are not to be missed.


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