Looking to go on a vacation somewhere close to Indonesia that is not mainstream? Auckland may be the place you are looking for. New Zealand may be famous for its green pastures and sheep, but there is more to it than just that. Visit Auckland for a new taste of New Zealand!
Here are the things we urge you to do while in Auckland:
- THE SKY TOWER
Rising 328 meters, the Sky Tower dominates Auckland’s city skyline. There’s plenty here to entertain the whole family including a revolving restaurant, cafe and bar. But the star attraction is the view from the sky deck with its ravishing 360-degree panorama of the city. Corner Victoria and Federal Streets.
2. BETHELLS BEACH AND KAREKARE
This is your chance to get up close and personal with Hollywood. Bethells Beach was the site of Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules while Karekare formed the bleak backdrop for The Piano. If nothing else, the beaches offer great swimming spots and an opportunity to work on your tan.
3. WESTHAVEN MARINA
One of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere, Westhaven has been pulling in the schooners, yachts and dinghy’s of Auckland’s well-heeled for generations. With the sails down, the thousands of boats anchored here really do resemble a forest of white poplars.
4. NEW ZEALAND MARITIME MUSEUM
Maritime enthusiasts will take to the museum’s meticulously kept collection of seafaring vessels and all things nautical, charting the country’s long history with the sea. From the first Polynesian vessels to the massive whalers, it’s an engaging experience.
5. AUCKLAND WAR MEMORIAL MUSEUM
Rather than the usual sobering experience, Auckland’s version is fairly upbeat. Its Greek temple-inspired frontage leads into a fine collection of Maori artifacts, laid out under a lovely stained glass dome; a gallery of Spitfire planes and, of all things, a section dedicated to the bones of extinct animals.
6. TAMAKI DRIVE
Head for the eastern shores of Auckland and nose around the mansions of the city’s rich and famous. Paritai Drive, just off Tamaki, is Auckland’s exclusive millionaire’s row. From here, the view of the city centre, dominated by the Sky Tower, is quite special, especially at sunset.
7. AUCKLAND REGIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS
You can always tell if a nation was once settled by Mother England by its adoration of gardens and all things green. The Botanic 3ardens sprawl over 640 sq km with over 10,000 species of plants. It’s a lovely way to spend a few hours just drinking m the bountiful colors and lush greens.
8. CATCH A SHOW
The main venues for Auckland’s live entertainment are Aotea Centre and Auckland Town Hall at the Edge. Whether it’s the Royal New Zealand Ballet or its Symphony Orchestra or some stand-up comedy, there’s something happening almost every night. Check the local papers for the most current shows.
The focal equivalent of Napa Valley and the Hunter Valley, the Henderson is a veritable haven of fine wineries. Almost every bottle promises a fine toast, especially when paired with a picnic basket, some cheese and a warm blanket for the post-prandial nap.
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