New Zealand is often voted as the most beautiful and safest places in the world. While Auckland, New Zealand is considered as one of the best cities to travel in the world. People that visited Auckland vouch for the rolling green hills, breathtaking fjords, exalted mountains, and stunning diversity of landscape spread from one island to another. The raw beauty of Auckland is loaded with remarkable attractions. Although this cosmopolitan city is known for its museums and cultural intuitions, there are many interesting things to do in Auckland. Springtime is the best time to visit Auckland, so let’s explore some of the things to do here!
SkyWalk and SkyJump at Sky Tower
Sky Tower, the tallest building of New Zealand stands at 328m high. Established in 1997, Sky Tower is a popular tourist attraction in Auckland offering a 360-degree panoramic view of Auckland. Two of the most exciting things to do at Auckland’s Sky Tower are Skywalk and SkyJump. You can enjoy the magnificent view of Auckland by Skywalking around a 1.2-meter wide platform without any handrail. While SkyJump lets you leap off the Sky Tower and fall off 192 meters down. Also explore bars, restaurants, cafes, casinos and more at Sky Tower.
Rangitoto Island is the youngest and largest volcano in Auckland. It erupted last 600 years ago. Being a “shield volcano” you can witness lava and scoria spread across the Island. There are many options available to explore Rangitoto Island. Take a guided 4WB road train tour, go for a sea kayak tour or walk up to the summit, each option entails a different experience. Do not miss the sunset here – the quiet ocean, vivid stars and the city lights are all too good to miss.
Established in 1922, Auckland Zoo has the largest collection of native animals in New Zealand. It is home to more than 1400 creatures 135 species sprawled in 17 hectares of lush parkland. You will find brown kiwis, seals, lions, elephants, rhinos, red pandas, exotic birds, reptiles, giraffes, meerkats, monkeys and more. There are a lot of fun things to do in Auckland Zoo such as night safaris, photography workshops, behind the scenes for kids, junior keepers and birthday parties.
Cornwall Park is spread across 425 acres of lush green land featuring wildlife, farm-life and many other places to explore. Apart from being one of the biggest outdoor areas for a day trip, it also comprises One Tree Hill. It is a volcanic cone that holds strong significance to Maoris and New Zealanders. Drive or walk up to One Tree Hill to get a spectacular view of the city. The park has heritage sites, Huia Lodge Discovery Hub, games and sports spaces, BBQ & picnic and more.
Harbour Bridge Bungee Jump:
Bungee jumping is one of the most pulse-racing adventures that everyone should try at least once in their lifetime. Auckland boasts the world’s first harbour bridge bungee jump and the only ocean touch bungee. It is 40 meters of free fall into Waitemata Harbour. There are various styles and choices of bungee jump available for thrill-seekers. Try it once and you will be obsessed with this adventure sport. Don’t forget to take your cameras to capture this little life-changing experience called “Bungee Jump”.
Auckland War Memorial Museum:
War Museum in Auckland tells the story of people that fought and lost their lives in World Wars. The museum upholds and glorifies the Maori Culture, which is the traditional culture of the country. Stories of Maori lives are shared in the museum through various programs, guides, tours and exhibitions. This is the best place to learn about the history of New Zealand that includes over 1.5 million specimens, images of 506-day protest for Maori land and more.
Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium:
Sea Life Aquarium is one of the best places to visit in Auckland especially if you are travelling with kids. This aquarium is divided into different zones such as Shark Tunnel, Scott Base, Antarctic Ice Adventure, Amazing Creations, Shipwreck Shores and more. Take a glimpse of what life looks like under the sea at Sea Life Aquarium. You can join the experts for feeding these beautiful aquatic creatures just to come back home refreshed.
Wine Trail Tours:
Taking a wine trail tour in Auckland is a great way to see the region. This tour takes you to some of the finest wineries and vineyards covering West (Kumeu, Huapai & Waimauku) and East (Matakana) Coast of the region. Coast to Coast, Waterfalls, and Volcanoes and Wines are other wine tour options available. All wine tours are guided by expert guides from Auckland. Often, tourists agree Wine Train Tours is not just for wine tasting but is a whole new experience.
Canyoning in Piha:
Canyoning is probably the only adventure sport that combines swimming, sliding, cliff jumping, abseiling, and canyoning through waterfalls and pools. Canyoning in Piha is the most exciting things to do in Auckland. Piha is located in between stunning Waitakere Ranges. It is a steep volcanic rock valley having wonderful waterfalls making its way to the ocean. Taking Piha Canyon can be your ultimate adventure experience when in New Zealand.
Nightlife in Auckland:
Being the largest city of New Zealand, Auckland has great options for nightlife. Night clubs in Auckland are eccentric and vibrant. Most night clubs play both local and international DJs that can get you on the floor to show off your dance moves. Apart from clubbing, you can go to Auckland Night Market, Auckland Startdome, Boutique Cinema, Mini Golf, Night Kayaking and many other places to make your experience complete and memorable.
In a nutshell, New Zealand is one of the most diverse and beautiful places to visit in the world. You need to add this astounding country to your bucket list and kick it off the list. While travelling to New Zealand, make sure to visit the amazing Auckland and experience at least some of things from the above list!