If you’re dead-set on getting away from the city, just over an hour’s drive will get you to the Awhitu Peninsula: famous for its stunning scenery. Walk to the Manukau Heads Lighthouse, go for a trot with Wild West Horse, or stop in at the Kentish Hotel in Waiuku for a hearty winter meal. the city. Nestled in two acres of picturesque grounds, the facility has coin-operated electric barbecues so you canmake a day of it. Private spa pools and a 40 degrees Celsius sauna pool are also an option.