Urban Adventures. Quite simply, the Best. Day. Ever.
Auckland has it all: beautiful beaches, great shopping, spectacular nature nearby and amazing food. Here are five things to do during your stay that our Auckland tour guides think you’d be silly to miss:
Shop and dine in trendy Britomart
Handily located just off Queen Street in the heart of the action, Britomart is the place to shop and be seen in Auckland, offering some awesome eateries (over 30 of them actually), a French-themed food market on Saturdays and an eclectic mix of design and fashion stores run by New Zealand’s hippest designers.
Get back to nature at Piha beach
Piha Beach is a beautiful paradise that’s only a 45-minute car ride from the city centre and offers you wild beaches, stunning waterfalls, lush valleys, breathtaking sunsets and epic bushwalks. Water sports such as surfing and kayaking are also extremely popular with locals and travellers. Bring your sunnies, jandals and chilly bin along for the ride and you’ve got yourself a memorable day out!
Discover the history of New Zealand
Understand more about the heritage of New Zealand and the culture of Pacific people such as the Maori at the Auckland Museum, which offers visitors three floors of history and interactive exhibits for the whole family.
Take a picturesque hike up Mount Eden
For an incredible walk that offers amazing views of the city at the end of it, you can’t beat Mount Eden. Take a hike across one of Auckland’s 48 volcanos to the highest point in the city (which used to be home to a Maori settlement). Visit the gardens and marvel at the many species of native flowers on display and the charming waterfalls nearby.
Have a night out in Ponsonby
Experience the best food in Auckland in the Ponsonby district, a funky hipster hangout that offers a host of restaurants, stalls and coffee bars for your delectation as well as some ultra-cool shopping experiences. It’s a great place to spend your Friday or Saturday night.
It’s easy to see why Auckland is one of the world’s most liveable cities, with its sparkling blue harbour, volcanic cones and golden beaches. From the first Māori waka (canoes) and colonial ships to the flights today full of tourists, Auckland has always attracted people of many cultures from far and wide — and we’re pretty sure it’ll attract you, too.