This is actually what we did in the labour weekend about a month ago. Ya, I know way outdated post, but life is just too busy. Hahaha (yeah right!)
Anyway, Whangarei! About 2.5-hr drive north of Auckland. It is a place blessed with beautiful beaches and countryside. A little town with a lot to offer!
Dinner at Joust in Orewa on our way back to Auckland - Beef Burger, Banty Pizza