Since almost all of you are arriving in Auckland before you’re doing your farmstay, internship or hospitality, I thought it would be cool to write down a few things that you can do here in Auckland. Even if you only have one and a half days here, there are some pretty awesome things to do. Auckland has some great things to offer, so when you’re here, you don’t have to lay in bed all day.
- First of all the Sky Tower. The Sky Tower is an observation and telecommunications
tower and is 328 metres tall. It has become an iconic landmark. The Sky Tower is part of the SKYCITY
Auckland casino complex. You can go up the tower and have a 360 degrees view of Auckland. The tower also has the SkyJump, which is a 192 metre jump from the observation deck.
- Auckland’s oldest park is The Auckland Domain and is also the largest park in the city. Auckland War Memorial is located in the park. The museum is all about the New Zealand history, natural history and military history. There is also a Wintergarden located in this park. The Auckland Domain is located on a volcano called Pukekawa and this is one of the oldest.
- Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tãmaki is a public gallery in Auckland and has the most extensive collection of national and international art in New Zealand. The Art Gallery offers free tours every day between 11.30am and 1.30pm. Besides that the entry is free and for some exhibitions you might have to pay. The collection includes holdings of New Zealand historic, modern and comtemporary art, and works by Mãori and Pacific Island artists.
- The Auckland Harbour Bridge is a bridge over the Waitemata Harbour. It is part of State Highway 1 and the Auckland Northern Motorway. It is the second-longest bridge in New Zealand and the longest on the North Island. It is not just a bridge, you can actually bungyjump from the bridge. The bungyjump is 40 metres and you can also go on a bridge climb.
Besides these awesome things, you can also go up to the harbour and take the ferry to some amazing islands and places, like:
- Devonport is one of the oldest suburbs. You can take great walks on the volcano’s or on the great beaches. Devonport has many art galleries, boutiques and gift shops, so you can also go shopping there. The village is a popular place to eat out and has a range of dining options to suit everyone.
- Rangitoto is a volcanic island. If you walk to the top of the volcano, you have a 360 degree view of Auckland. There is literally nothing on this island, so if you go there make sure you take enough water and food with you. The recommended walk takes about an hour.
- Waiheke Island is a beautiful island with 92 square kms of beaches, vineyards, olive groves, native bush and laid back seaside villages. There are some great activities you can do on the island, such as ziplining, ocean kayaking and mountain biking. But for the less-sporty people you can also enjoy a dinner in one of the restaurants.
- Motutapu is also an island that doesn’t have anything, just as Rangitoto. The island is home to farmland, scenic walking tracks and a great view of the Hauraki Gulf. You can actually go camping on this island. If you go here, make sure you bring enough water and food since it’s a pest-free sanctuary.
- If you go on the Harbour Cruise you get on the water and learn about the city. The cruise includes a free return ticket to Devonport and a brief stopover at volcanic Rangitoto Island.
If you’re not really that adventures and sporty, you can always go on Queen Street and enjoy the clothing shops up there. Queen Street is almost 3 km long so you can spend ALL DAY here or chill out at the Starbucks.
These are just a few out of a million things you can do in Auckland, but these are some things I already did or definitely going to do during my internship here.
Enjoy Auckland and if you want to do some crazy thing such as a bungyjump, EMAIL US and we can arrange it all for you!! (email@example.com)