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Things to do in Auckland
Auckland is New Zealand's largest city in the North Island and it's home to volcanic hills, the twin harbours, bays, beaches, and islands. Known as the “City of Sails”, Auckland has more boats per person anywhere in the world. It’s a popular city destination for its mix of cultures, rural destinations, and natural attractions. You’ll want to spend days just sightseeing!
Nature-trippers will love Auckland. You can hike a volcano at Rangitoto or walk to the top of Mt. Eden for breathtaking views of the city. There’s also Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens where you can walk lush nature trails filled with sculptures for fun photo ops.
For a nice picnic outdoors, hop on a bus to Western Springs and be greeted by playful pukeko (swamp hens), ducks, and geese. Hang out with more wildlife at Auckland Zoo to see penguins, kiwis, owls, and more. Are you fonder of marine animals? Seahorses, turtles, and their friends are waiting for you at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium. You can even walk underwater with their glass viewing tunnels and see marine life like never before.
Continue your aqua adventure and head to Auckland’s beautiful beaches like Orewa beach, Anchor Bay, and the famous Piha beach for surfies. Since Auckland is called the “City of Sails”, you have to go sailing. Try the Waitemata Harbour where you can go cruising to see Auckland’s landmarks, including sailing under the Harbour Bridge. Don’t forget to answer the call of the sea and hop on a ferry to Waiheke Island where beautiful vineyards, olive groves, and beaches are waiting just for you or enjoy a day trip at the iconic Rangitoto Island where you can hike or take a 4WD road-train to the summit for the most epic views.
Want more panoramic views of the city? Then your next stop is The Auckland Sky Tower. Thrill-seekers should have a crack at the tower’s SkyWalk and SkyJump. Brave your way through a narrow and handrail-less walkway high above Auckland. Then Base Jump off the Sky Tower and land at Sky City’s plaza where the crowd will applaud you for being a daredevil!
If shopping is what makes your heart race, go to Auckland’s top shopping precincts like Ponsonby, Newmarket, Britomart Precint, Parnell, and Karangahape Road. Then complete your trip and taste what the city has to offer with this Auckland food guide.
There are so many great adventures you can experience in the Auckland region, so start searching for the cheapest flights on Skiddoo and fly across the ditch!
When to visit Auckland
Auckland’s weather is pleasant year-round. The best time to visit depends on what you’ll do in the city. For outdoor activities like exploring the town, summer’s your best bet. For winter activities, travel as early as June.
Save more on airfares by booking your flights with February, May, and June travel dates because they’re the cheapest times to fly to Auckland.
Australian’s only need a valid passport to visit, so you can fly to Auckland any time.
Travelling to and getting around Auckland
Direct flights and all other international flights from Australia will land at Auckland International Airport. Travel from Auckland airport to the city centre by:
- Airport SkyBus: 45-60 minutes
- Shuttle: 60 minutes depending on traffic
- Taxi: 30 minutes depending on traffic
- Car rental: 25 minutes depending on traffic
You can travel around Auckland by bus, train, taxi, bicycle, car rental, and ferry. You can save a bit more pocket money and time from servicing fees when you use the AT HOP card when you travel by bus, train, and ferry.
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Best Hotels in Auckland
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Airlines that fly to Auckland
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