Things to do in Auckland
Much like the rest of New Zealand, Auckland is made for the adventurers. A city where you can scale great heights, jump from the sky, speed through the harbour, bungy off bridges and ride epic waves. Whatever your thrill level, you're bound to feel the wind in your hair at some point during your Auckland holiday, even if it's just from a dolphin cruise around the harbour. There's also beaches, islands, parks and gardens to see the natural side of Auckland.
While Auckland's natural beauty, pristine harbour islands and beachside vibe will give you an instant holiday feeling, the buzz of the city streets will also add to the fun of it all. As New Zealand's largest city, Auckland is more than just the typical tourist traps. Local Kiwis are increasingly transforming this North Island city into a quirky hub of wining, dining and general creativity. Along Karangahape Road, or just K'Road as the locals call it, is where you'll find quirky vintage stores and designer clothing by day and lively nightlife by night.
More of the city's unique personality can be found with a 5-minute bus ride to Ponsonby where locates sip perfect blends of coffee over trendy design magazines. So whether you choose to take the plunge with a bungy jump or plunge a good blend of beans, Auckland can show you a good time either way.
Make the most of your next Auckland holiday, start by visiting these popular local attractions.
As part of the SkyCity casino and entertainment complex, the Sky Tower is one of Auckland's premier attractions. Standing high at 328 metres, the tower is the tallest manmade structure in New Zealand and an adrenalin-pumping place to jump off or admire the view.
Away from the bustle of the Auckland CBD, Waiheke Island is located just a short boat ride away in the Hauraki Gulf. As the most accessible offshore island to Auckland, Waiheke is a popular place to get away from it all and enjoy an island stay amid peaceful surroundings.
For rugby fans, New Zealand's biggest stadium needs no introduction. For everyone else, Eden Park Stadium in the Auckland suburb of Kingsland is where big rugby games and cricket matches take place including the Bledisloe Cup, ITM Cup and Super Rugby games.
While thrills and spills come naturally to New Zealand's largest city, Auckland is also home to a number of manmade adrenalin rushes at the 9.5 hectare theme park known as Rainbow's End with major rides and heaps on entertainment on offer.
This massive Auckland aquatic zoo houses over 30 marine life displays from over 80 different species including the world's largest penguin colony exhibit. Daredevils can also go snorkelling or cage-free diving with sharks here.