Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest and most buzzling cities in New Zealand offers visitors endless possibilities. Here’s our pick of the top ten things to do in the City of Sails.
1. Climb a volcano
New Zealand is a volcanic country and Auckland is no exception. With 53 volcanos spread across the entire city, the choice is yours.
At 196m high, Mount Eden is the highest of all. Drive or climb up to the summit for a stunning outlook over the city and the harbour.
2. Have a fish and chips in Mission Bay
Drive along the iconic Tamaki Drive to reach Mission Bay. Enjoy a nice fish and chips on its white-sand beach and soak up the views across the harbour.
3. Drive to Piha Beach and enjoy a walk in the Waitakere Ranges
If you’re more a an active traveller, take a 40km drive to Piha with one of our awesome vehicle on the west coast of the North Island, one of New Zealand’s most famous beach. This black iron-sand beach is well known for awesome surf which rolls over the Tasman Sea.
Climb Lion Rock majestically sitting between Piha and Little Piha beaches and see the Maori carving. If you’re not too tired and feel like a fresh swim, walk along the easy Kitekite track to see the Kitekite falls.
4. Visit Parnell and drink a hot chocolate from the Chocolate Boutique
Craving for chocolate? Then walk up to Parnell, Auckland’s oldest suburb. Browse the upmarket boutiques, wander through the rose gardens or visit Auckland Museum and finish your day at the Chocolate Boutique. It is the ultimate chocolate shop in Auckland. Try the hot chocolate and…enjoy!
5. Sample the food and culture on Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island is just a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Known as the island of wine for its many vineyards, a wine tasting or a tour is a must-do.
6. Set sail
Auckland, also known as the Coty of Sail is one of the best places to sail in the world. Its harbour is brimming with yachts and yacht culture. Head to the Viaduct, the vibrant marina close to the Maritime Museum and admire the yachts. Talk to the guys at the Explore kiosk for a sailing experience, from a dinner cruise to an America’s Cup sailing experience.
7. Island hop
If sailing is not your thing but you still want to visit some of the islands in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, then head to the ferry building and make your choice. Top of the list is Rangitoto Island, the youngest volcano in Auckland. Just a short scenic ferry ride across the harbour, Rangitoto is the perfect day-trip. Make sure to wear good shoes to climb the summit.
For bird lovers, Tiritiri Matangi Island is the go-to island. It’s an open wildlife sanctuary and one of the most successful conservation projects in the world. Bird watchers will be astonished by the variety of birds on the island and you can even spot some of our iconic kiwi birds if you decide to stay overnight.
8. Climb Auckland Harbour Bridge
Auckland’s harbour is an impressive feature in and of itself, and its bridge plays a big part in adding to the area’s charm. Consisting of 8 car lanes and spanning the gap over Waitemata Harbour from St Mary’s Bat to Northcote, it’s the NZ north island’s longest road bridge and the second biggest in the country.
Auckland’s got its reputation as being the “City of Sails” to live up to, and from the bridge it’s easy to see why; from the top, you’ll have a direct view to the city’s marina where boats of all kinds can be seen sailing on the beautiful waters as well as the city skyline. Talk to the guys at AJ Hackett to climb it and cross it off your bucket list!
9. Visit the Sky Tower
A truly captivating experience awaits visitors to Auckland’s Sky Tower. 328 metres high, it is the tallest structure in New Zealand and offers stunning 360 views of Auckland.
Travel up in the glass-fronted lifts to one of the three spectacular viewing platforms. If you’re craving for adrenaline, this is your chance to jump off 192m!
You can also dine at Orbit, the only revolving restaurant of New Zealand while enjoying the breathtaking views Auckland has to offer as well as a fine dining experience.
10. Visit the city’s farmer’s markets
If you happen to be in Auckland during a weekend, then enjoy the bustling Auckland markets – find fresh local produce and tasty treats at local farmers’ markets or shop for arts, crafts, jewellery and more at some of Auckland’s markets. Top of the list is Matakana Village Farmer’s Market, a showcase of artisans and local farmers. Try some local beers, honey, meat pies or oysters but don’t miss the buffalo burger – simply the freshest and tastiest burger you will find in New Zealand!
You are now ready to hit the Auckland roads and enjoy everything that Auckland has to offer! You can also read more about Auckland here.