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Travelling to a new city is always a lot of fun, so why not come and find out just what it is that makes Auckland tick?
With 420,000 proud residents, you're sure to meet plenty of new friends!
It is located 310 miles north of the national capital, Wellington, and 7 miles northeast of Green Bay.
Even though there are many things to see here, Mt. Eden and the University of Auckland certainly stand out. Sky Tower and Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World also appear on nearly every Auckland travel guide, and they simply cannot be passed by!
An outing to SheepWorld or Rainbow's End is a wonderful opportunity for some family bonding. If you're hunting for even more excitement, Treasure Island Adventure Golf and Parnell Baths are some other possibilities.
Acquaint yourself with the animals, great and small, that call the Auckland Zoo and the Butterfly Creek home. You can also immerse yourself in the world of some of our most interesting wildlife at Waipipi Bird Park and the Reptile Park.
Wine connoisseurs should spend at least a day discovering the area's picturesque vineyards. Plenty of tantalising drops await at the Artisan Wine and the Stonyridge. For an even greater insight into the industry, you can also tour the Babich Wines and the Villa Maria Estate.
Challenge the dealer at the SkyCity Casino. If you want more of the twinkling casino lights and buzzing atmosphere, then the Sky City Casino should be your next stop.
Botanical experts and amateurs alike will be glad to find out about this area's local and international collections of plants. For a blossom-filled day, start with a stroll around the winding paths at the Wintergarden. Once you've finished there, head to the Auckland Botanical Gardens, where the diversity of species alone is worth beholding. If you're looking for more, the floral displays at the Parnell Rose Gardens and the Dove-Myer Robinson Park are also rather unique.
Like the idea of an alfresco lunch? Grab some cheese and crackers and venture to One Tree Hill Domain or Auckland Domain for a laid-back picnic. Also think about spending a peaceful day enjoying the grounds of Goat Island and Victoria Park.
Whether you want to go on a tour or buy a ticket to somewhere fabulous, Princes Warf Visitor Information Centre is here to help! Its dedicated team of local experts will ensure you get the most out of your time in Auckland.
The rippling waters of Karekare Falls make a fantastic setting for some family photos, so take your time to find the best viewing point.
You'll enjoy gazing out across the mirror-like water at Kawakawa Bay.
If you can hear the sea calling your name, put on your sunglasses and journey to Piha Beach or Orewa Beach. Hoping to add more to your holiday shell collection? You should also drop by Onetangi Beach and Oneroa Beach.
Put on some comfy walking shoes and prepare for adventure. There are a range of nature reserves in this area that are just waiting to be enjoyed. The fresh, crisp air and natural surroundings at Mount Victoria and Kawau Island are as rejuvenating as they come. For some extra quiet time, continue on to Waitakere Ranges and Tiritiri Matangi.
Ask the welcoming staff at the Auckland War Memorial Museum or the Artspace about one-off happenings. With so many captivating exhibits, you'll want to ensure you don't miss anything. The Auckland Art Gallery and the Artstation are also decent institutions.
Boats have played a huge role in the development of many countries. See for yourself how the area was shaped by these courageous sailors at the New Zealand National Maritime Museum. For even more remarkable stories and artefacts, continue your voyage to the Royal New Zealand Navy Museum and the Voyager Maritime Museum.
The curious scientific artefacts and gadgets on exhibition at Stardome Observatory could keep you intrigued for days on end. To get straight to the most impressive stuff, you might want to check out if there are any upcoming tours.
Whatever style of art tickles your fancy, you're sure to find it in Auckland. Why not begin your day of art admiring at the John Leech Gallery and the Oedipus Rex Gallery? You should also check to see what exhibitions and events are on at the Zealandia Sculpture Garden and the Lopdell House Gallery.
Calling all history fans! You'll love learning about the rich and varied past of this area at the Devonport Museum and the Warkworth and District Museum. You can also check out eye-opening exhibits which help bring the past to life at the Bohemian Museum and the Auckland Museum.
To really get a grasp on the history of Auckland, take time to discover Auckland Town Hall and Government House. If that doesn't satisfy the history buff in you, continue on to Kinder House and Old Government House.
You're likely to come across Grafton Bridge as you discover Auckland. This historic bridge was built long ago and will remain here for many more years.
Whether you're spiritual or not, houses of worship like St. Patrick's Cathedral and St. Paul's Church are sure to be among the most serene sights you'll encounter during your travels. All Saints Anglican Church and St Mary's Cathedral also appeal to many spiritually curious travellers.
Don't pull out your return ticket home just yet, there's still lots to see and do! Have you spent some time at Half Moon Bay Marina and Snowplanet yet? Two more places to put on your radar are the University of Auckland Library and Aotea Square.
It won't take you too long to book a comfortable hotel in Auckland. There are some 145 properties presently listed on ebookers' travel guide.
Who said that good service had to cost an arm and a leg? You'll get a good night's sleep at a great price at the Auckland Northshore Motels & Holiday Park and the Silverfern Backpackers. Or, maybe you'd prefer to live like a king or queen as the able staff at the Hotel DeBrett tend to every want and need? The Hilton Auckland is one more popular choice for travellers who relish the finer things in life.
Only seven civic theatres exist in the world and one of them is in Auckland. The theatre opened in 1929, and 90 years later it remains a top tourist destination for its dome ceiling of stars, and its appearance in several films like the King Kong remake. The best part is that regular local and international acts still perform in the historic landmark.
New Zealand’s first museum was originally designed as a war memorial, established in a modest two-room farm cottage in 1852. The museum has since moved to a more grandiose location, and it is the best place to visit and understand New Zealand history. The museum has ancient Maori artefacts, history on the natural area, daily Maori performances, and a wide scope of changing local and international exhibitions. The museum is open daily at 10 a.m.
This three-hour walking tour shows visitors some of Auckland’s natural beauty as well as old Maori cultural sites. The first stop is the Maungawhau or Mount Eden. Now a dormant volcano, Maungawhau was a fortified village hundreds of years ago. Guides are from the local native village and give in depth historical accounts of New Zealand’s unique cultural heritage. The tour passes through Auckland, stops in the city centre, and then heads out to the sea and Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour.
This narrow-gauge railway takes visitors into the heavily forested centre of Waitakere Ranges. The train passes through tunnels lit at night by millions of glow-worms, and continues up to the Upper Nihotapu Dam where the city feels thousands of miles away. The dam has incredible views of the beautiful Lake Nihotapu. The train ride has historical significance as the driver narrates about the Rain Forest Express from its use in constructing the dams until today.
Tip * Booking your Tours, Transfers & Airport Parking before you go will save your money & time and ensure a stress free start to your holiday
Auckland is a destination at the bottom of the world for the thrill seekers and adventurous, and one such activity that provides exhilarating excitement is the Sky Jump.The Sky Tower is the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere, and many visitors take advantage of this by jumping from it. Jumpers fall at a rate of 85 km/hour with a falling time of 11 seconds. Jumpers fall straight down to the landing platform.
This spectacular black sand beach was relatively unknown until the film The Piano garnered international attention. Located on Auckland’s west coast, Karekare is less than an hour from the city. Part of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, the beach is good for surfing, walking, and enjoy the fresh smells of the coast. Also, Karekare waterfall is just a short walk from the main beach area.
Located alongside the coast, a local route takes visitors to historical townships, bohemian villages, local art galleries, and wine country all in one day. The bohemian Puhoi village has historical architecture. Warkworth has excellent riverside cafes and transportation to Kawau Island. Omaha has incredible recreational reserves and isolated bays and Matakana has numerous wineries and local artesian crafts.
Goat Island is known for its abundant marine-life. For those wishing to become immersed in the outdoors, this is the place to go. Curious visitors can see New Zealand’s marine life up close. Visitors can rent equipment including kayaks and underwater scooters, and courses in diving are offered by professional dive instructors. Charter tours also allow visitors to explore distinct gulf islands.
Less than an hour outside of Auckland, this is a natural wonderland of streams, waterfalls, and viewpoints. This park has the largest forest in the area and is home to many native animal species. Walk Hunua Rangers Park is perfect for hiking and mountain biking.
Travelling and transportation in Auckland is quite manageable, even for tourists who are unfamiliar with the systems. Automobiles make up a big part of New Zealand’s transportation, so for this reason there are several plans for parking. But buses, trains, bicycles, and ferries are also commonly used transport options.
For those without an auto, the Auckland Airport has reliable public transportation to and from the city centre. Buses, shuttles, and taxi services are all common ways of arriving to the visitor’s destinations, but car hire in Auckland is another option.
The Airbus Express takes guests from the airport to the downtown waterfront in less than 15 minutes.
Auckland is trying to minimize car usage so the bus system has been upgraded in recent years.
The Maxx public bus system costs around NZ$1.70 per ride around the centre of the city, and becomes more expensive the further one needs to travel.
Auckland’s Maxx public transportation is also in charge of the train system. The city has five distinct rails, which extend North, South, East and West of the city.
Tickets can be purchased at the stations and cost NZ$1.50 per ride within the city centre. The price increases around NZ$1 the further away visitors travel.
Bicycle use is increasing in Auckland as the city maps have grown, with bike routes in all directions. The city has installed bike lockers so rider can protect their bike and gear in the city.
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