One of the more under the radar major cities in the world, Auckland is a region that’s just waiting to be explored. Featuring plenty of things to see and do, here are a handful of compulsory destinations for everyone travelling to Auckland.
Few places manage to blend the beauty of farmland, forest, beaches, vineyards and olive groves; but Waiheke Island manages to bring all these unique ecosystems together for an all encompassing natural wonderland. Just 35 minutes away from downtown Auckland via ferry, there are plenty of things to see and do once you reach the idyllic shores of Waiheke. Enjoy a scenic bike ride around the island or a leisurely stroll through peaceful gardens and galleries. Sailing and stand up paddleboarding are also popular activities for visitors to Waiheke Island.
This quiet seaside village that lies twelve minutes from Auckland is a must see destination. It offers fantastic vantage points for you to soak in stunning views of Auckland City. Mt Victoria and North Head jump out as premier destinations to enjoy the view. Devonport also features five gorgeous beaches with glistening white sand all within walking distance from Main street. Wander around the local streets and marvel at the many heritage buildings and grand 19th century villas that form an integral part of Devonport’s character.
Affectionately known as K-Road to locals, Karangahape is the arts and cultural hub of Auckland. K’ Road offers an experience like no other in Auckland. This hip strip is packed with quirky shops, eclectic eateries, backpacker hostels, contemporary galleries and live music venues. You can also explore historical buildings, enjoy free heritage walks and visit one of the oldest cemeteries in Auckland, Symonds Street Cemetery.
Keep going along K Road until you hit Ponsonby Road, full of great cafes, designer stores, the famous Womens Bookshop across the road from there Ponsonby Central – a new market style precinct. Western Park is a great explore – old trees and dogs running free on its walkways down a valley beside Auckland Girls Grammar. Buses run along Ponsonby Road so you can easily catch a bus back into town if you are too tired to walk.
The Sky Tower is the tallest building in all of the Southern Hemisphere. It’s unique design has made it arguably Auckland’s most iconic structure. A captivating experience awaits all tourists who venture to the top. Travel up the tower in glass-fronted elevators to one of the three breathtaking viewing platforms. The daring can even skyjump off of the tower for an unforgettable experience.
The Hunua Ranges and the Waitakere Ranges
The Hunua Ranges to the south west of Auckland and the Waitakere ranges to the west cover hundreds of square kilometres of native bush with waterfalls, walks, and beaches. Get away from the city and walk into the bush that once covered this land, you will not regret it.
There you have it, some of Auckland’s finest. Remember to take advantage of your travels by purchasing some goods from Duty Free Stores New Zealand. You can purchase your items before your trip online or even over the phone and simply collect them at Auckland Airport before your flight back.