For an authentic maritime experience, visit the fish market in the newly opened Wynyard Quarter. Kids can play in the play areas or take the whole family on a ride on the 1920s heritage tram.
For the adventurous, there are plenty of adrenalin-pumping activities to be found in and around Auckland, such as quad biking and kayaking. You can even climb and bungy jump off Auckland Harbour Bridge.
For a taste of Auckland’s traditional and contemporary Maori heritage, take a Tamaki Hikoi walk with a guide from a local tribe. The Auckland Whale and Dolphin safari will also get you out of the city and onto the dazzling ocean to witness some of New Zealand’s most beautiful creatures in their natural habitats.
If you’re traveling with kids why not visit the Auckland Zoo? Or else for a diverting rainy-day activity check out the largest art institution in New Zealand, the Auckland Art Gallery. There are more than 15,000 works of art on offer, as well as plenty of kids’ activities.
Perfect Day Trip
For a charming day trip out of town, take a ferry to Devonport, the popular and picturesque seaside village that offers breathtaking views of the city and the sea. Or consider the Glenfern Sanctuary, on Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand. It’s a predator-controlled area where threatened and endangered species are able to thrive once more. Sightseeing and guided hikes are available, and accommodation is available on the island.
Also, the black-sanded, rugged, spectacular west coast beaches such as Piha and Muriwai are only 40mins drive from central Auckland and are not to be missed!
When night falls, head to the Sky City tower, the tallest tower in New Zealand. With a spectacular view across the whole city, it’s open for dining and refreshments. Or the really adventurous among you can choose to skyjump off it!
With a bustling multicultural population, you will have a choice of where to eat in Auckland, from delicious Asian cuisine to the finest degustation menus and fresh-out-of-the-harbour seafood. Or why not try New Zealand’s favourite: fish and chips!
Whatever your taste, New Zealand has something for everyone. With cheap flights to Wellington and Auckland readily available, you’d be crazy not to pop over and check out what the cities have to offer!
For travel advice or help booking flights, speak with your local travel consultants such as Flight Centre, to get you on your way!
Author: L Waite loves spending time in New Zealand and plans to go again soon to check out the ski season.