Auckland has it all: beautiful beaches, great shopping, spectacular nature nearby and amazing food. Here are five things to do during your stay:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.