Auckland is one of the biggest cities in New Zealand’s north island. Cosmopolitan with natural surrounds, Auckland is a unique city with a wide range of fun things to do and attractions. Whether you’re headed to the city for a short city break or a longer holiday, you won’t find time to get bored in the Land of the White Cloud.
Read on to find out 5 things to do in Auckland and start planning your trip to New Zealand!
One Tree Hill
Auckland is surrounded by volcanoes, with over 40 ancient volcanic cones dotted around the city. Take a walk through One Tree Hill, an 182-metre volcanic peak to the east of Auckland CBD. Climb to the top for a full 360 degree view of Auckland and both of the city’s sparkling harbours. The site is also home to the grave of John Logan Campbell and holds great significance for New Zealanders and Maori cultures.
Take a trip to Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island is full of natural attractions, including beautiful beaches, native forests, and vineyards. Just a 35-minute ferry from downtown Auckland, escape to the gorgeous shores of Waiheke Island and discover art galleries, cafes, local wineries and craft boutiques. Hit the beach and enjoy a swimming, surfing and more beach activities, or just soak up the sun on the island’s pure shores.
Shop til you drop on Queen Street
Take some time out from sightseeing and head to Queen Street to enjoy the New Zealand shopping experience! Queen Street is one of the main shopping streets in the CBD, offering a wide range of fashion stores, restaurants, cafes, bars and more. Visitors can also explore the laneways around the area for more independent shops and boutiques.
Head to the top of the Sky Tower
Get an unrivaled view of Auckland from above at the top of the Sky Tower. Experience breathtaking vistas of the city from 220 metres in the air, with views as far as 80 kilometres in each direction. Travellers can also take the opportunity to dine at the 360 degrees revolving restaurant, drink at The Sugar Cube cocktail bar or relax with a coffee at the Sky Cafe.
Get cultural at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.
Art lovers should head to the Auckland Art Gallery to see beautiful artworks from home and away. Sometimes known by its Maori name Toi o Tamaki, the gallery is the largest in the city and is home to a huge collection of national and international art. Check online for exhibition information before you go, as the gallery regularly hosts events and one-of-a-kind exhibits.