10 Things To Do In Auckland
We live in a world that is shrinking by the day, perhaps because of technology, better job opportunities, or even just living standards being better in most places than elsewhere.
Auckland, not surprisingly, falls into the former category, and is considered a “Beta World City” – one with considerable influence in a world where globalization is the future.
Year after year, one can easily find Auckland in Top Ten lists when it comes to top cities around the world which have a lot on offer for both residents and visitors, regardless of geographical constraints.
What this seemingly translates to is living in a city where one can truly savour a variety of life’s pleasures. In other words, the parks and beaches, shopping centers, art, culinary delights – it’s all there for the traveller – as long as you have the time and money for such pursuits.
10 Tourist Attractions in Auckland
New Zealand is no stranger to tourists. Given its natural beauty that serves as a wonderful backdrop as we go about modern living, Auckland seems to exemplify this blend wonderfully well.
Having said that, here are 10 tourist attractions in Auckland:
1: Auckland Zoo
Without a doubt, the Auckland Zoo has the largest collection of both native and exotic animals compared to any other zoo in New Zealand. In fact, a number of visitors have visited this zoo with their children and have considered it to be the number one attraction in Auckland. In fact, the zoo has a playground that is a popular stop for families. Another interesting feature of the zoo is “The Night”, which houses a number of nocturnal creatures. If you intend to visit, it’s only about four miles from central New Zealand and is open from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. As for admission ticket prices, it’s 22 $NZD for adults and 11 $NZD for children.
2: Cornwall Park
The Cornwall Park in Auckland is truly one-of-a-kind. Not only will one find a number of plants here, but there are several activities that one can enjoy when visiting the park. Some of them include bicycling, walking, jogging, and picnicking, as well as birdwatching, and the lambs and their ewes. Apart from this, one can visit the Auckland Stardome Observatory, the Acacia Cottage, and a playground for children too. Most of all, don’t forget to visit the One Tree Hill domain that is run by the Auckland Council.
3: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
With almost 15,000 pieces of art on display, some of which go as far back as the 12th century, this is a spot in Auckland that is perfect for art enthusiasts. The Auckland Art Gallery was established in 1888 right below Albert Park. Before you visit, it is important to know that there are two sections in the art gallery: the main and the new gallery, renovations of which are underway in the new gallery section. As for the collections of paintings themselves, those of both Maori chiefs and others from various periods of European art are on display. What’s more, the architecture of the art gallery itself has been praised by visitors.
4: Waitakere Ranges
With almost 16,000 hectares of lush greenery, as well as waterfalls and beaches, there’s a lot to do at the Waitakere Ranges National Park. Simply put, you have almost 250 km of cliffs, waterfalls, beaches and tracks that you can explore at your leisure. This also translates to being in harmony with nature and its offspring, since you can see wild animals in their habitat. Apart from this, you can also enjoy panoramic views of both the Manukau Harbor and Hauraki Gulf.
5: Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium
Named after the famous marine biologist and diver, Kelly Tarlton, this sea life aquarium opened in 1985, and is only a ten-minute drive from downtown Auckland. This aquarium was one of the very first to use conveyor belts to move visitors through the exhibits, apart from disused sewage tanks to construct the aquarium in the first place. A variety of marine life can be found at the aquarium, from fish, sharks, and stingrays, to penguins and the like. A ticket for a single visit can be purchased for about 39 $NZD, but prices are reduced depending on how many people are visiting along with you.
6: Rangitoto Island
Located in the Hauraki Gulf, Rangitoto Island is classified as a volcanic island. There are a number of activities to enjoy on this island in the form of hiking, fishing, or even sightseeing, thanks to a number of buses and trains that are made available to visitors.
The island itself is 5.5 km wide and was used during World War II to boost Auckland’s harbour defenses.
Before you can enjoy the sights, you’ll have to take a ferry from Auckland’s ferry terminal located in 99 Quay Street. Round-trip fares for adults and children cost $27 NZD and $13.50 NZD respectively.
One last thing: ensure you carry food and water if travelling alone, since there are no shops on the island.
7: Auckland Museum
When you visit the Auckland Museum, or the Tamaki Paenga Hira, one thing stands out clearly: the story of the Auckland region, both in terms of its natural and military history.
Located at the Auckland Domain Park, one can get the most out of the museum with a guided tour or by watching a culture show.
Opened in 1929, not only does it house a large collection of Maori and Pacific Island artefacts and treasures, but also exhibitions where New Zealand was involved in overseas conflicts.
While children are admitted at no cost, adults have to pay $10 NZD. Visiting hours are restricted from 10 AM to 5 PM.
8: Queen Street
If you want to do a bit of shopping in New Zealand, then it’s time to head to Queen Street. Given that most establishments close by 5 PM, it’s vital that you get there earlier.
But that’s not all: there are other streets in the vicinity worth visiting, such as the Lorne and High Street.
Starting at the Queen’s Wharf, it stretches for almost three kilometers and is considered to have the most visitors in the country – almost ten times that of its rival, Newmarket.
The LINK buses can help you get to Queen Street as there are a number of stops it makes along the way.
Devonport, as most people wouldn’t realize from first impression, is actually the site of a naval base. Apart from this, it is a popular dine and shop location in Auckland.
But that’s not all: one can take in the views in terms of colonial architecture and picturesque beaches too.
In fact, most Aucklanders travel over to Devonport by ferry for dinner, given the pleasantness involved in the return journey.
One can visit Mount Victoria or the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum too.
Considered to be the tallest man-made structure in the Southern Hemisphere, it is approximately 328 metres in height and located in the heart of Auckland.
Not only does it house New Zealand’s only revolving restaurant, but also offers a 192-meter jump from its observatory deck – known as SkyJump.
Apart from this, it is the city’s main FM transmitter, and has been designed to withstand an 8.0 magnitude earthquake.
As mentioned earlier, there are a number of attractions since is a big city. But these are the most popular over a period of time.
Are there any other Auckland attractions that you think are a must-visit for travelers?