Located on the North Island of New Zealand, Auckland is the gateway to the rest of this incredible country. There are so many places to visit in Auckland so I have pulled together this guide to help you with any planning.
Auckland itself is actually a region, as opposed to only a city and is surrounded by gorgeous towns and landscapes as far as the eye can see.
Regularly rated one of the best cities to live in in the world, Auckland is a beauty of a destination with a sparkling harbour, waterside suburbs, and a rich culture, alongside a very diverse and multicultural demographic. Looking to visit Auckland this summer? Read this Auckland Travel Guide and find out why.
Don’t miss the Sky Tower with its incredible views, take a day trip to Waiheke Island or get wet at Mission Bay.
There’s plenty to see and do right in the heart of the city, but travelling further afield opens the opportunities considerably – think rainforests, thermal springs, sprawling parks and volcanic cones are just the start.
If you have a week or so here ensure you head south to Hobbiton, and if you have time venture further afield to Bay of Islands.
When is the best time to visit Auckland?
The best time to visit Auckland is at the end of autumn (May) and the beginning of spring (September) as these months are both before and after the more extreme weather. Peak season tends to be in November through to March and then between May and September the temperature drops and tourism drop off.
There are several languages of New Zealand; English (New Zealand English) is the dominant language spoken by most New Zealanders and then the country’s second language include Māori and New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).
New Zealand’s unit of currency is the dollar (NZ$). All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand, with Visa and MasterCard accepted most widely.
12 Places to Visit in Auckland
1. Go up the Sky Tower
One of the best places to visit in Auckland is the Sky Tower. It is well worth a visit as it offers incredible views across the city, is the tallest in the southern hemisphere and has a revolving restaurant at the top. Grab a drink or take Afternoon Tea!
2. Visit Auckland Zoo
Auckland Zoo has 150 animal species, 500 animals, and a number of different habitats such as the Rainforest and Pridelands. However, venture out of the city and you will find your own wild zoo.
3. Bungy jump
One of the world’s first bungee jumps is operated by AJ Hackett, the man who created bungy jumping. Here you jump off the bridge into the harbour but if you want something more daring head to Queenstown!
4. Chill out on the Auckland Domain
This giant, beautiful park in the middle of Auckland offers respite from city life – you can run, walk, cycle and play sports here.
5. Go surfing on the north shore
One of the best day trips from Auckland is to go to the north of the city of Auckland is the main beach area with great surfing for beginners and experienced. It is popular with locals and tourists alike and offers great nightlife!
6. Head to Waitakere Ranges
Waitakere Ranges have impressive waterfalls and rugged but beautiful beaches. They are a popular day trip for locals, especially during the summertime when temperatures get really hot.
7. Head underwater at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium
Watch an array of fish, stingrays and sharks swim around you as you travel through a long transparent tunnel. There is also a permanent Antarctic winter exhibit.
8. Get wet at Mission Bay
Mission Bay is one of the most popular urban beaches in Auckland perfect for swimming, paddleboarding and kayaking. There are also lots of great places to eat here!
9. Take a day trip to Waiheke Island
THE BEST day trip from Auckland is a visit to Waiheke Island, the home of scenic beaches, tons of wineries, and fun outdoor activities. Located 40 minutes from downtown Auckland by ferry, the island is the perfect place to spend a relaxing day.
10. Feed lambs at Sheepworld
New Zealand is known for having more sheep than people so of course there has to be a world dedicated to animals. See the live demonstrations and feedings at Sheepworld, a small family farm located 45 minutes from Auckland by bus.
11. Climb to the summit of Rangitoto Island
An iconic location in New Zealand, Rangitoto Island is a 600-year-old volcano that gives unbeatable views of Auckland. A trail offers casual hikers a one-hour climb to the top. This is another great day trip from Auckland.
12. Go shopping
There are so many amazing shops in Auckland and my favourite thing to do on a lazy Sunday is to visit the independent shops in Auckland.
Where to stay in Auckland
Hilton Auckland – £104
Contemporary waterfront hotel offering a seafood restaurant & an outdoor heated lap pool.
Haka Lodge Auckland – £24
Relaxed dorms & private rooms in a hip adults-only lodging offering a lounge & a communal kitchen.
ibis budget Auckland Central – £44
Colourful studios with kitchenettes in a straightforward budget hotel offering city views.
Ramada Suites by Wyndham Auckland – Federal Street
Bright studios & suites with kitchenettes in a relaxed hotel featuring complimentary Wi-Fi.
M Social Auckland – £57
Hip, contemporary hotel featuring harbour views, a restaurant & a bar, plus a fitness room.
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