A little way from the Central business district are the wine making regions of Henderson and Kumeu, each with some exceptional wineries. Consider a guided tour for a fantastic day trip – or sail for the picturesque wineries of Waiheke Island (see below). A little further north in the Matakana area you’ll uncover more wineries which have a certain reputation for yummy Pinot Gris.
Out in the Hauraki Gulf
Go on a beautiful ferry trip to any one of Auckland’s stunning Hauraki Gulf island destinations. The most famous are Waiheke and Rangitoto – two very distinct places! Rangitoto is a forest-covered, uninhabited volcanic cone; Waiheke offers vineyards, stunning beaches, cafes and rolling country side.
You shouldn’t overlook the Maritime Museum, Auckland Museum, Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World, the awesome Auckland Zoo and nearby MOTAT – no matter what your age. Even further away but not too far from one another are scary Spookers theme restaurant with its ghosts and ghouls, and everyone’s favorite Rainbow’s End amusement park.
Certainly no visit to Auckland is finished without a boat cruise – and as well as the island ferries, you will discover excellent cruises from the Maritime Museum on-board heritage yachts, a big selection of sail boat hire, whale and dolphin observing, dinner cruise trips and more.
Explore the markets
You can find several markets around the town, varying from classy (Parnell, weekend mornings) to full-immersion Pacifica (Otara; Saturday mornings) and eclectic (Victoria Park; daily).