Auckland is a true delight for any visit to New Zealand. The city has so many things to seduce its visitors. If you come to see the penguin, there are plenty. If you come for the unique Maori culture, no place is better than Auckland to learn about that.
There are so many other things to delve into here :
Rediscover a lost island
Re-opened to the public in 2005, Rotoroa Island is a must-see. It is located in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand east of Waiheke Island. Its dazzling white sand beaches, multiple museums, conservation parks and bush trails turn it to be a true delight for travelers of varying interests. The historic chapel and jailhouse are some of the tourists’ favorite draws.
See the world’s largest collection of Maori taonga
Endeavor to visit the Auckland War Memorial Museum, especially if you fancy an insight into the early Maori culture. This historical site presents the largest collection of ancient artefacts in the country including more than 1000 taonga.
Ferry to the Riverhead
A ferry ride to the Riverhead is the best way to retrace for the route of the early Maori settlers and New Zealand’s first pioneers. A day spent at this oldest riverside tavern in the country is worth it. Nothing is more overtaking than having a meal while appreciating the sweeping views of cliff faces, clear waters and lush vegetation.
Visit the world’s largest penguin colony exhibit
Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium is a mecca for Marine life junkies. Besides being the fittest spot to see penguins, this area features the world’s only display of Spiny Sea Dragons (biggest species of stingray on the planet) and an underwater aquarium of fish.
It could be a very kid-friendly destination. It is a perfect introduction for Wildlife in New Zealand for first timers.
Walk across the country in 5 hours
Other than road trips such as campervan adventure or cycling, you can take in New Zealand’s spectacular scenery on foot. It is not only cost-saving but also good for your health and awards an opportunity to explore whatever you want at your own pace. The best route is the Coast to Coast walkway. This 16 km journey starts from the Viaduct Harbor and winds westwards through exquisite parklands, dormant volcanoes and urban landscapes up to the Manukau harbor.
Visit Great Barrier Island’s Dark Sky Sanctuary
Besides being a dream destination for star-gazers, the Great Barrier Island is a hub of incredible beauty. It is renowned as the world’s first island to be designated as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary. Mount Hobson is the main allure, but there are other things to limit you from boredness such as Kaitoke hot springs, nature reserves, pools and immaculate shorelines that are flanked by turquoise waters.
Kayak to Rangitoto Island
Another New Zealand’s hidden wonder is Rangitoto Island. Make sure not to leave Auckland without getting there. Reaching a height of 260m, Rangitoto is asymmetrical volcano cone. That is why hiking is the highlight for most trippers. From its summit, you can’t stop adoring the 360-degree views of Auckland city and other picture-perfect landscapes.
Visit Waiheke Island ‘the island of wine’
If road trips or Wildlife don’t appeal, New Zealand is also famous for ultimate beach holidays and wine tasting. The best place to consider for this great mix of experiences is Waiheke Island. This magnificent spot in the Hauraki Gulf is home to over 30 wineries and a wealth of flawless beaches. A unique way to have the best of this paradise is to partake a wine tasting tour before you ease up on one of its sun-drenched beaches.
Board the “Shuckleferry”
If you wish to spend some good time on the waters, don’t miss the Shuckleferry. It offers a guided cruise along the crystal clear waters of the Mahurangi Harbor. You won’t only sit back and relax with a wine, but also recognize the pleasant views of the seaside scenery from your seat.
SkyWalk and Jump at the Auckland Sky Tower
There is no better viewpoint to admire the panoramic views of Auckland’s striking cityscapes than the Sky Tower. Raising for about 328m from the ground, this iconic building is the tallest in New Zealand. It provides two options for you to immerse yourself into the endless views. You either skywalk around the outside narrow platform (192m above the ground) or sky jump with a wire if you aren’t faint-hearted.