Things to Do in Auckland

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Things to Do in Auckland

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Auckland city sits on the edge of a sheltered harbour with many idyllic islands ashore, reachable by kayak or ferry.  The city is one of the world’s most unique sea-kayaking locations.  Visit volcanic islands, sandy beaches, native forests and encounter an abundance of wildlife!  

1. Sunset kayak tour to Rangitoto Island

Embark on a magical sea kayak tour into the golden sunset over Auckland and the Waitakere Ranges!  Kayak across the Waitemata harbour towards Rangitoto Island.  Observe wildlife such as Little Blue Penguins and Cooks Petrels.  Trek to the summit and be rewarded with stunning 360o views of the Auckland region.  Indulge in the Kiwi-style BBQ dinner at the water’s edge.  Head back to the mainland amidst the sparkle of city lights in the dark.  

2. Visit Waiheke Island

Visit the island retreat of Waiheke, a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches.  Wake up to the sound of the waves and swim, kayak or indulge in a picnic on the gorgeous beaches.  Enjoy a wine tasting tour in this ‘island of wine’ or the spectacular views of the landscape.  Pursue the meandering walk trails along cliff-tops or into the native forest.  Explore the World War II gun emplacements and underground tunnels.    

3. Visit Great Barrier Island

Enjoy the boating paradise of Great Barrier Island!  Surf in the long white beaches on the eastern shore.  Explore the sandy bays and deep sheltered harbours.  Alternatively, explore the native forest along the serene walking tracks.  Discover the natural hot springs and a historic Kauri dam secluded by the deep forest.  Observe unique plant and bird species.  Conquer the Hirakimata (Mount Hobson) and be rewarded with stunning 360o views.  

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4. Hauraki Gulf Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise

Explore the amazing Hauraki Gulf Marine Park as you cruise onboard a luxurious catamaran.  Meet diverse marine wildlife in breathtaking encounters!  Observe whales, dolphins, seals and rare seabirds.  Enjoy views of famous Auckland landmarks such as the Harbour Bridge, North Head & Devonport and the volcanic Rangitoto Island from the open deck of the vessel. 

 

More things to do and see:

Discover art and culture

SkyJump off the Sky Tower

Experience the Farmers’ Market in Matakana

Visit Waiheke Island ‘the island of wine’

Read more: https://www.newzealand.com/int/feature/discover-experiences-in-auckland/

 

Read more: https://www.aucklandnz.com/explore

Outdoor Activities

  1. Auckland Domain: The city’s oldest park, featuring beautiful gardens, sports fields, and the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
  2. Mount Eden (Maungawhau): Climb this volcanic cone for panoramic views of the city and harbor.
  3. Waiheke Island: Just a 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, this island offers stunning beaches, vineyards, and walking trails.
  4. Rangitoto Island: Take a ferry to this volcanic island for a day of hiking and exploring lava caves.

Beaches and Waterfront

  1. Mission Bay: A popular beach suburb with a great beach, waterfront dining, and recreational activities.
  2. Takapuna Beach: Known for its beautiful beach, cafes, and stunning views of Rangitoto Island.
  3. Viaduct Harbour: A vibrant waterfront area with restaurants, bars, and stunning views of the harbor.

a man sky jumping from sky tower in Auckland

Auckland offers a variety of exciting activities and attractions for visitors. Here are some top recommendations:

  1. Waiheke Island: Just a 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, this island is known for its beautiful vineyards, beaches, and artsy community. It’s an ideal spot for wine tasting and enjoying gourmet food​ (NZ Official Website)​​ (AucklandNZ)
  2. Auckland Museum: Located in the Auckland Domain, the museum offers fascinating exhibits on New Zealand’s history, including “Scars on the Heart,” which covers the nation’s involvement in various wars​ (Earth Trekkers)
  3. Cornwall Park & One Tree Hill: This large park offers scenic walking trails and panoramic views from the summit of One Tree Hill, a site of significant cultural importance to the Māori people​ (Earth Trekkers)
  4. Mount Eden: Climb to the summit of Auckland’s highest volcano for stunning views of the city and the Hauraki Gulf​ (Earth Trekkers)
  5. Viaduct Harbour: A bustling area with some of Auckland’s finest restaurants, bars, and luxury apartments. It’s the hub for sailing and a great spot for waterfront dining​ (Tripadvisor)
  6. Matakana Farmers’ Market: Located in a picturesque village, this market offers organic produce and fresh delicacies by the river’s edge. The region also boasts beautiful beaches and boutique vineyards​ (NZ Official Website)
  7. Auckland Zoo: Home to a wide variety of native and exotic animals, the zoo is set in 17 hectares of lush parkland just minutes from the city center​ (Tripadvisor)
  8. Rangitoto Island: Explore this volcanic island, which offers bird-watching, walking trails, and spectacular views from its summit​ (Tripadvisor)
  9. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki: The largest collection of New Zealand art is housed here, along with world-class touring exhibitions and a vibrant calendar of events​ (Tripadvisor)
  10. Sky Tower: For breathtaking views of Auckland, visit the Sky Tower, the tallest building in the country. It also offers dining and adventure activities like skywalking​ (New Zealand Travel Tips)

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