The Hidden Retreat is in close proximity to many beaches. On the North Shore East Coast you have the white sand beaches where you can relax and swim, from Long Bay Regional Park down through the Bay's Beaches, Milford, Takapuna carrying on down to Cheltenham and Devonport. Many of the beaches have restaurants , cafes and bars close by. On the West Coast you have the best known Black Sand Surfing Beaches of, Piha, Bethells, and Muriwai, (where you can also go and see the Gannet Bird Colony). There is also Karioitahi Beach, a hidden gem where you can try blokarting, paragliding or horse riding. Karekare's Beach is remote and has dramatic landscapes which has inspired filmmakers, writers and photographers. It also has a beautiful water fall which is only a short walk from the main beach.
(Refer The activities map within the retreat).
Auckland is becoming a cycling paradise, with many main roads and streets having cycling lanes to enable travel throughout Auckland. The Woodhill Forest Mountain Bike Park has many tracks from the beginner to the daredevil course.Slightly closer to home is the Riverhead Forest Mountain Bike Tracks - roughly a 30 minute ride from the retreat.
(refer to the activities map in the retreat).
Auckland is renown for the abundance of Vineyards with the majority being close to The Hidden Retreat. You can start your first wine tasting at Soljans Estate Winery (approximately 26 mins away) and maybe dine in their on site restaurant. Following Soljans there are many other wineries to enjoy including Coopers Creek, Kumeu River Wines or heading south you have Mazuran vineyard and Delegat's Wine Estate to name a few.Purchase your favorite bottle(s) for when you return to the Retreat to enjoy by the open fireplace or when relaxing in the spa. (Refer the activity map at the Retreat)
Bill, Molly, Wiramu & Tori, Tolaga Bay
Agnes & Gerard, Greenhithe
Al Araidi Family, Dubai
Kimberlie, Marianne and Rohit, California and Boston - USA
Lawerence Dingles Family, Carton OH -USA
Amber & Angel, Auckland
Inspiration & Co, Paraparaumu - NZ
Rebecca, Neale, Ceressa, France
Lucy, Amy, Josh, Harry and Lewis, England
Saudi Consulate Staff, Saudi Arabia
Adia, Shan Xi China
Lu Xian TiA, China
Alisaha Dryden, Auckland