Tours and Activities
is New Zealand's largest city with more than one million people
living within its boundaries.
is known as the City of Sails and the chosen playground is the beautiful
Waitemata Harbour where yachts and ferries play their way through
the blue waters.
could also be known as the volcano city because dotted around the
harbour and city are extinct cones that offer spectacular views
of the metropolitan area.
two major volcanoes are the island
of Rangitoto, which you can get to by ferry, and One
Tree Hill where an obelisk stands and has become an icon of
the city. You can also see a pretty impressive volcanic crater on
is built on an isthmus and water is never far away. In fact the
city is split by the Waitemata Harbour and the Auckland Harbour
Bridge is the main link for commuters from the North Shore to the
bridge is known as The Coathanger and you can take walking
tours over it and bungy
jump under it.
newer symbol of Auckland is the huge Sky
Tower which, at 328m, is the 12th highest tower in the world.
From the viewing platforms on Sky Tower you get stunning views of
up to 90km away.
and good eateries abound in Auckland, together with theatres, galleries
great places to see are the Museum of Transport
and Technology and the Auckland
War Memorial Museum. The war memorial museum is a fabulous building
situated in The Domain. It houses the world's best Polynesian artifacts
collection and you can easily spend half a day in its marbled rooms.
the museum is the tranquil Winter
Garden which is a really cool spot to investigate. It has very
pretty architecture and hothouses for some fabulous plants.
as the former is known, is near the Auckland
Zoo and both can be seen in a day.
has stunning - and potentially dangerous - black sand beaches on
its west coast. Piha is the
most famous while Muriwai is also wild. Piha is renown for surfing
and its lifeguards have
a pretty exhilarating time.
the way to the black sands you can drive through the very pretty
be sure to take yourself out on to the Waitemata Harbour for a cruise
to Devonport. This little spot is a
quiet village within a bustling city, protected by the fact it's
easier to get there by ferry rather than car.
are tours available around the very pretty - and expensive - streets
of Devonport and they will also take you up to old naval gun emplacements
protecting the city. You
can find a variety of great travel deals on the Expedia
spot to visit is Waiheke Island,
seemingly a retirement island for ex-Aucklanders. Waiheke is pretty
and has some nice eateries - and you can see a pretty amazing underground
fort dating back to World War II. However, unless you are very rich
and can put up with pretentiousness, don't bother with most of the
wineries. There are a few exceptions as you will see on our Waiheke
On In Auckland