There are many keys to having a great trip to New Zealand. One of the most important things that a person can do is research what is offered. A person needs to find a list of things that they want to do that are recommended by others. Thankfully, this is not that difficult to do. Many people are willing to write about what they think the best things to do when visiting any country around the world. What one person lists may not be for everyone, but there are often a few good ideas in each list.
If you plan to visit Auckland in New Zealand, then this is a city in the North Island of New Zealand. Auckland is a diverse, multicultural and cosmopolitan city, home to the largest Polynesian population in the world. A Māori-language name for Auckland is Tāmaki or Tāmaki Makaurau, meaning “Tāmaki with a hundred lovers”, in reference to the desirability of its fertile land at the hub of waterways in all directions.
Auckland lies between the Hauraki Gulf of the Pacific Ocean to the east, the low Hunua Ranges to the south-east, the Manukau Harbour to the south-west, and the Waitakere Ranges and smaller ranges to the west and north-west. The surrounding hills are covered in rainforest and the landscape is dotted with dozens of dormant volcanic cones. The central part of the urban area occupies a narrow isthmus between the Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and the Waitematā Harbour on the Pacific Ocean. Auckland is one of the few cities in the world to have a harbour on each of two separate major bodies of water.
With all of that being said, here is a list of the best things to do when visiting Auckland, New Zealand.
Sky Tower – This is first on the list because of what it offers. The sky tower is the tallest man-made structure in the southern hemisphere. It offer a 360 degree panoramic view of Auckland and of lands as far as 80 km away on a clear day. It is the perfect place to see what the whole city looks like. There are also more than 20 restaurants, bars and cafes in SkyCity to enjoy after a trip to the top of the tower.
Go Island Hopping – A short ferry ride from Auckland Harbor will take people to the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. There visitors can enjoy the beaches, wine tasting and the natural scenery that is abundant.
Take in the Auckland Museum – A trip to a museum in a far off country always allows people to see things they may not otherwise be able to enjoy. The natural history, artifacts and other treasures in the museum are a great way to spend a few hours, a day or longer when in Auckland.
Go Sailing – Sailing is a big activity in Auckland. From small sailboats to bigger boats that take people on overnight or several day cruises, there is something for everyone no matter how much sailing experience they have. One of the favorite activities is a cruise on a real America’s Cup yacht.
Take a stroll on Ponsonby Road – This is considered to be one of the trendiest areas in New Zealand. It is full of bars, cafes and shops. Some of the world’s best known fashion designers have shops located here.
Climb a Volcano – Anyone that does this when visiting Auckland will probably be able to lay claim to something that their friends have never done. The trip up Mount Eden offers a great view of everything around. It is the highest natural point that can be found in Auckland. Most people have a difficult time describing what it means to look inside the 50 foot crater of a volcano.
Coast to Coast Walk- The Coast to Coast Walkway crosses New Zealand’s narrowest neck of land. Start in Viaduct Harbour on Auckland’s east coast and travel west through urban landscapes, beautiful parklands and over dormant volcanoes to finish 16km later at Manukau Harbour.
Go to Dark Side Sanctuary– Not only is Great Barrier Island a place of incredible beauty, it’s also the first island in the world to be designated as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary joining only two other locations. The island is off the grid and with minimal outdoor lighting, it’s a dream destination for star-gazers to take in the stunning night skies.
Visit Penguins– Catch these cuties at Kelly Tarlton’s SEALIFE Aquarium, as well as the world’s only display of Spiny Sea Dragons, the biggest species of stingray on the globe, and an underwater aquarium of colourful fish. Watch the sharks at feeding time or book your own shark dive.
Visit Isle of Wine– Just a 35-minute ferry ride and you’re in Waiheke Island, Auckland’s island of wine. This slice of paradise is a haven of beautiful island beaches and some 30 wineries. Join a wine tasting tour and linger over a vineyard lunch, with gorgeous views to match.
Stroll in the park – The Domain is a park in Auckland that people can stroll around in. In the park, visitors will see formal gardens, waterfalls, old tress and plenty of other natural beauty. Walking through the park is a great way to relax and it is also a great atmosphere for those that would rather go out for a jog.
Take some time to learn what to do when in Auckland. It will be impossible to do everything in one trip, but that is okay. Everyone is allowed to return as often as they want.