Article What to do in Auckland
Did you know that Auckland is built on 50 volcanos and, no, they’re not all extinct. This alone should be reason enough to make you visit this unique city. But you guessed it--there are far more reasons why you should plan a visit to New Zealand's largest city!
Things to do while you are in Auckland
Mission Bay- Start your day with a nice walk from the CBD along the seafront to Mission Bay. You will get spectacular views all the way, and when you arrive, you'll be rewarded with a lovely beach. Don't hold back and have a dip in the sea to cool off (unless it is winter, because, well...you know).
Auckland Skytower - Make your way up the Skytower to soak in the amazing view Auckland has to offer. Make sure you don't forget your camera, as the view from the top is pretty amazing If you have a backpacker or a student card, then you can get a discount on the entry fee. And if you are brave enough, you can enjoy a different kind of view and jump off it!
Auckland Domain - Auckland Domain is a large park not far from the city centre. It is a lovely place to have a picnic, chill out and relax for the day.
Waiheke Island - Set off early so that you can spend the whole day there--trust us, it's worth a visit if you like wine and beaches (and who doesn't?). The island boasts more than a dozen high-quality vineyards, many with relaxed restaurants onsite. Enjoy local wine while looking out over vine-covered valleys to the blue sea beyond.
Auckland Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira - Museums can be pretty fascinating, and if you have a few hours to spare, you should definitely go to the Auckland Museum. Discover and enjoy the world's most extensive Maori and Pacific Island Collection located within one of New Zealand's most iconic heritage buildings.
Hobbiton - You came to Auckland and of course you want to see Hobbiton which is located just outside of the city. Book a day tour to see one of the most famous sights of the Lord of the Rings set. Your guide will show you hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and many other structures from the movies.
Waitemata Harbour - Auckland has more boats per capita than any other city in the world, which earns it the nickname--the "City of Sails". For a true Auckland experience, make your way down to the Waitemata Harbour, which translates from Maori to Sparking Waters, has taken its shape from volcanic activity and is the home to some fantastic shoreline and beaches. The harbour is sheltered from Pacific storms by Auckland’s North Shore, Rangitoto Island and Waiheke Island, which makes it a perfect sailing spot all year round. Sailing on the harbour allows great views or the central CBD and some of Auckland’s famous landmarks including the Harbour Bridge, Sky Tower, Chelsea sugar refinery and Devenport naval base. So why don't you sail into the sunset with a glass of wine and soak the beauty of Auckland all in?
Auckland Hop-on Hop-off Tour - If you have limited time to explore Auckland, then this is the perfect way to explore the city. You can hop on and off at your leisure across all major sites and attractions, complete with audio commentary.
Do you have more tips on what to do and to discover in Auckland? Then go ahead and tell us in the comment section below. We can't wait to read what you love about this city.