Beautiful natural setting on a cliff, 100m above a beach. Amazing huge garden. Buses into Auckland city from local shops or train from Avondale.
Get that rural, Kiwi bach feel --- but still in Auckland. Swim or kayak 100m down the path onto the beach (and when the tide is in) ... Do the coastal walk from the beach round to Green Bay and end up at my favourite cafe in Auckland called The Block ... (at the Blockhouse Bay shops) ... Parking down private "right of way" behind on Taunton Terrace.