The largest city in New Zealand has one of the most gorgeous natural surroundings in the world – so make certain you’ve got ample spare time to have a look around! Whether central or suburban, your lodging in Auckland will be the gateway to some spectacular sights, a lot of them unique to this striking South Pacific gem…
All about the views
Spread in between two huge, azure harbours and sprinkled with the green grass cones of ancient volcanoes, Auckland is amazing when seen from above, so your very first outing must be to one of its world-famous vantage-points: Mount Eden, One Tree Hill or the Sky Tower. The sights from these outlooks are completely superb, but they’ll also help you get a feel for Auckland’s layout because even with it’s little population of just 1.5 million people it’s surprisingly easy to get lost in Auckland!
See the CBD
If you are staying down-town you will have the ability to discover a lot just by walking, including the spectacular Maritime Museum, the Art Gallery; the fashionable stores of Chancery, High Street and Vulcan Lane, and the stores of Queen Street. Enjoy an espresso on well known K-Road, test your luck at Sky City Casino and brave the Skywalk for unparelled vistas. Though you can do pretty much everything on foot you can prefer to help save your feet and take full advantage of the totally free City Circuit buses. These will help for those more city fringe places too!
Fun on the fringes
As I stated, Auckland is a huge sprawling city but in contrast to numerous other places there is definitely existence beyond the Cbd, such as the Auckland Museum – the best place to discover New Zealand’s Maori heritage. Nearby are the boutiques and cafes of stylish Parnell Village, the fashion shops of Newmarket, and uber cool Ponsonby Road. If you are in to adventure, there’s the Harbour Bridge Climb – and, for the brave (or foolhardy!), the Bridge Bungee. And allow for at least half a day to see the historic beachfront village of Devonport – it really is a ‘must’!
Insider tip: get the ferry out of the Cbd to Devonport; enjoy the cafes, shops and shorelines, and harbour views from one of the two extinct volcanoes.