Auckland may not be the capital, but the largest city in New Zealand certainly won’t be put to one side. Straddling the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the city’s unique placement and epic natural surrounds makes Auckland truly one-of-a-kind. A photographer’s paradise, Auckland is framed by two stunning harbours and volcanic cones, while the rainforests, thermal springs, sprawling parks add to the spectacular panorama too. With so many stunning landmarks, few visitors restrict themselves to the city scene, instead opting for an adventurous holiday of hikes, dives, canyoning and even skydiving. If those Auckland attractions sound like too much hard work, then we suggest kicking back at one of the beautiful beaches, or trying out the delectable dining and world-famous wines. One thing’s for sure, you’ll be glad you made time for striking Auckland.
Go sky high. Make time to ascend Sky Tower, the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere to gain a 360-degree vantage of the city and its surrounds. Visitors to Sky Tower can dine in the revolving restaurant or even bungee jump from the top! The choice on this Auckland tour is yours.
Venture out of the city. While Auckland itself has enough to entertain any tourist for the entirety of their stay, it would be a crying shame not to explore the region further. Auckland is the perfect gateway to a land of veritable vineyards, volcanic hikes and rainforest rambles. Iconic Auckland day trips include ventures to Eden Mountain, Waiheke Island and the Waitakere Ranges.
Take to the water. Auckland is known as the ‘City of Sails’ for a reason. Explore the city’s harbours by boat an iconic Auckland experience.
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Best time to visit
If you’re looking to make the most of the weather on your Auckland sightseeing, November to April is the ideal time for a visit. Head to Auckland at the end of January for the warmest weather and, for those still considering what to do in Auckland, you’ll get the added benefit of being around during the annual Auckland Seafood Festival – a foodie’s heaven!
Navigating scenic Auckland can prove testing. Keep these top tips handy so you can get around with ease…
If public transport is your jam, be sure to invest in an AT HOP day pass for just $18 NZD. The pass can be purchased at any Auckland Transport customer service centre, ticket office or AT HOP retailer and grants unrestricted use of any inner-city bus, train or ferry for 24 hours.
Half the beauty of Auckland lies in its surroundings, so we definitely recommend renting a car for your Auckland day tours to explore the region further.
Auckland is a relatively safe city. Keep these travel tips in tow so your trip can go off without a hitch…
In case of emergency, dial 111
When considering the things to do in Auckland at night, be sure to avoid walking alone down quiet streets.
As always, keep all your personal belongings safe and secure when in the city centre or busy tourist sites.
Don’t rely on mobile phone coverage. Always make sure people know where you are going before you go hiking solo.