10 Things To Do In Auckland
Auckland, or fondly known as the City of Sails, has been home for the last 15 months and to this day I'm still finding things to do, see, eat and experience. Auckland really is full of great variety, rain or shine, expensive or in-expensive. Here's a few ideas to get you started…
WINE TASTING AT WAIHEKE ISLAND
From Auckland's harbour, hop on a 35-minute ferry to Waiheke Island. You'll enjoy great views leaving the city, discover vineyards, beautiful beaches and olive groves in a calm, cool setting. Choose from a wide variety of wineries and vineyards.
ENJOY A WALK AROUND RANGITOTO ISLAND
Located just off the coast, catch a ferry over to Auckland's most iconic island, it's the youngest and largest volcano in Auckland's volcano field. It's a popular walk and you can dive and out of caves for some cool pictures and catch a ferry back after a couple of hours of exploring. Due to Auckland's often un-predictable weather, it's recommended to check the weather before you set off for the day.
DINNER AT THE SKY TOWER
The highest skyline in the South Pacific, the Sky Tower is located right in the heart of the city and is 328 metres above all high-rise buildings in Auckland. Enjoy the view whilst eating at Orbit 360° Dining.
SKY TOWER JUMP
New Zealand is world renowned for its adrenaline filled activities, so if having dinner at Sky Tower wasn't your thing, you can jump off it instead! The SkyJump is a 360 degree walk on the top of the tower with a 190 metre drop.
VISIT THE MOUNT EDEN SUMMIT
Catch a bus to Mount Eden-Maungawhau and check out the volcano cone - it's the highest natural point in New Zealand. Wander around the basin and check out the fantastic view overlooking Auckland, whilst there you can also learn more about the former Maori settlement.
Auckland is one of the world's most culturally diverse cities and this is reflected in the range of restaurants, bars and cafes. Whether it's Chinese or Brazilian, you're sure to find something delicious.
ENJOY A GLASS OF PINOT NOIR
After a long day of exploring, relax with a glass of Pinot, New Zealand of course, at a rooftop bar at the Viaduct, enjoy a lovely sunset view of the harbour in the evening. Parasol and Company, and Dr Rudi's are great chilled spots, located metres within each other.
RELAX ON BEAUTIFUL BEACHES
New Zealand is often described as one of the most beautiful countries in the world. As well as a cosmopolitan city vibe, Auckland has lots of different beaches along the coastline. Be sure to check out Piha, popular with locals and surfers due to the strong currents. The Lion Rock splits the beach into two sections and is a favourite with photographers.
WALK TO THE TOP OF ONE TREE HILL
Another must do is walking up to the top of One Tree Hill. The 182 metre volcanic peak is an important memorial for Maoris and New Zealanders, and offers a fantastic 360 view of Auckland and both harbours.
TAKE A STROLL AROUND VIADUCT HARBOUR
Viaduct Harbour, known formerly as the Viaduct Basin is a great waterfront destination featuring a range of over 30 bars and restaurants. As well as enjoying a drink and bite to eat, you can wander the front, admiring the superyachts along the water's edge.
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Words: Jessica Watt