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.
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.
Auckland Harbour Bridge Walk Adult $130 Child $90
Sky Tower Entry to Observation Decks (highest 220m) Adult from $26.10 Child from $10.80
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.
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
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!
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
Racing at Ellerslie Racecourse FOC
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4 - Go Shopping
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.
Maritime Museum Adult $20 Child $10
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
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