10 Things to do in Auckland - Part 1

Auckland is the biggest city in New Zealand, was Capital city from 1841 until 1865, and is the point of arrival for many visitors to Aotearoa - the Land of the Long White Cloud.

1 - Visit the Icons

The Auckland Harbour Bridge soars over the waters of the Waitemata, the Harbour that laps the shores of the city. The Bridge was built in 1959, is over a kilometre long and 43 m high. A Bridge Walk and Jump are available for adrenaline addicts. The Viaduct-Waterfront area of the city is an active exciting area with restaurants, nightclubs, and entertainment. Here are the Ferry terminals and the Marinas and the action of the maritime world. High over the city stands the Sky Tower, an entertainment centre and Casino with food and action available well into the night. The Observation decks offer views of the city and a SkyWalk and SkyJump are optional additions to your day. Auckland is the city of volcanos - all extinct, fortunately, but a few of them are very prominent in the skyline and also offer great spots to see terrific cityscapes, especially at sunrise or sunset. Look at visiting One Tree Hill or Mt. Eden or even Mangere Mountain if you are further south.

Prices:

Auckland Harbour Bridge Walk Adult $130 Child $90

Sky Tower Entry to Observation Decks (highest 220m) Adult from $26.10 Child from $10.80

  • SkyWalk Adult $150, child $120
  • SkyJump Adult $225, child $175 Combo $240.

2 - Explore the History

Visit Auckland's first suburb, Parnell (1841) to see a number of older buildings pleasing to the eye. Buildings to note are Hulme Court, the oldest house on its original site, Ewelme Cottage (1863), and The Holy Trinity Church built in 1886. Howick Historical Village dates from the 1850s and offers a variety of buildings in a natural setting. Alberton started life as a two-storied farmhouse, built in 1863, but was extended in 1872 to the 18-room mansion we see today, preserved as a mansion of the colonial elite. Highwic, in Epsom, dates from 1862 and is an original pioneering mansion of Gothic style. Under the North Head at Devonport are tunnels that survive from WWII, with the old guns, bunkers and other formations. The top of the hill has great views and the slopes offer a great place for sliding.

Prices:

Ewelme Cottage Adult $8.50 Child $3.50

Howick Historical Village Adult $16 Child $8

Alberton Adult $10 Child $3.50

Highwic Adult $10 Child $3.50

Ferry Auckland to Devonport Adult $12.50 Child $7.50

3 - Enjoy some Sport

World Champions at rugby, the mighty All Blacks have an incredible history of wins at Eden Park, so if there is a chance of watching them play, it will be a game worth seeing. As New Zealand's national game, an international rugby test can almost stop the country, but there are many levels of games played every weekend throughout the country and lots of talented players to watch out for. Other sports, such as cricket are played at these grounds as well. Also, check what is on at the QBE Stadium at Albany. In January the ASB Classic tennis tournament is held at the ASB Tennis Arena, world-class tennis if you are in the area at that time. Other sports are well supported in New Zealand, too, as the country is generally sport orientated. Swimming and water sports are very well catered for with many Aquatic Centres as well as plenty of beaches being available. Look at West Wave Aquatic & Leisure Centre in Henderson or Mt Albert Aquatic Centre. There is also ice skating in places and also snow sports at Snow Planet in Silverdale. There are many walking tracks throughout Auckland and runners and cyclists are well provided for as well. How about the Sport of Kings? A day at the races at Ellerslie Race Course won't cost anything to get into the public areas, but prices increase if you add the Ascot stands or even a Marquee, expensive eye-catching outfits and a glamorous hat!

Prices:

Eden Park POA All Blacks tickets at Ticketek, Black Caps tickets at Ticketmaster.

QBE Stadium POA tickets at Ticketmaster

ASB Tennis Classic POA tickets at Ticketek

West Wave Aquatic & Leisure Centre Adult $7.80 Child FOC

Mt Albert Aquatic Centre Adult $8.10 Child $5.90

Snow Planet Snow Pass Adult from $38 Child from $35

  • Snow Tubing Adult $29 Child $24

Racing at Ellerslie Racecourse FOC

  • Ascot Stand $20 pp
  • Marquee $1250

4 - Go Shopping

Auckland has some great places to browse or find a deal. K (Karangahape) Road is a popular spot in the CBD, being a thriving hub of art, dining, fashion and nightlife. Queen Street, linked to Customs Street by the Georgian Queen's Arcade, also offers some great retail opportunities. Suburbs such as Ponsonby, Takapuna and Newmarket have a great reputation as desirable shopping destinations. Parnell has the additional charm of being a heritage village with a delightful historic architectural design showing in many of the buildings in the area. Britomart, between the CBD and the waterfront, is a heritage complex revamped, and the Viaduct area hums with food and drink outlets. If shopping Malls are your thing, Westfield can be found at St Luke's and Newmarket and Sylvia Park is in Mt Wellington. NorthWest is the biggest mall in New Zealand and is found in Massey. If markets are what you desire, the Fish Market is open 7 days and is located on Jellicoe Wharf on the waterfront and there are regular night markets throughout the city.  Wine is also readily available in the Auckland area with vineyards in the Henderson and Kumeu areas or further north at Warkworth and Matakana.

5 - Spend the day at a Museum

Auckland has a number of really interesting Museums, dealing with a number of topics. The Maritime Museum on the Waterfront deals with the history of ships and boating while MOTAT covers aviation, rail and other heritage machinery. The Zoo is an animal museum, and Kelly Tarltons SeaLife Aquarium is a collection of living marine displays. Auckland's Memorial Museum is central to the city, with many collections, and exhibitions relating to New Zealand, the people and cultures, and their place in the international community. Nature is also addressed with many displays of creatures large and small, as well as the Earth and its place in the Universe.

Prices:

Maritime Museum Adult $20 Child $10

  • Including Heritage Sailing Adult $50 Child $40

MOTAT Adult $19 Child $10

Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium Adult from $32 Child from $22

War Memorial Museum Adult from $25 Child from $10


HINTS: 

Online prices are often the cheapest.

If you purchase a Hop On, Hop Off Bus ticket (Adult $45 Child $20 day pass) discounts to other attractions are included with ticket.


*Please note: Prices listed here are for reference only and it might change without notice. We recommend you call or visit the attraction's website for current pricing  

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