Sightseeing in Auckland
One of Auckland’s biggest draws is its array of volcanoes — the area features more than 50 of them. Catch the ferry to Rangitoto Island, and take the hour’s walk to the summit, where you’ll enjoy some of the best views of the city and harbour. If you bring a torch, you can explore the naturally formed lava caves along the way. Two other popular destinations are Maungawhau Mount Eden, near the central city, and Devonport’s North Head. Both offer short climbs and fantastic views. Mount Eden holds an impressive crater worth visiting, while North Head features ex-military tunnels to explore. We also recommend One Tree Hill and Cornwall Park, where you can climb to the summit, enjoy high tea at The Cornwall Park Bistro, stroll the beautiful grounds, and say hello to the local sheep that graze along the base of the volcano.
Auckland stis on a narrow isthmus, and one of the best ways to see the area — and many of the aforementioned spots — is to walk from one side to the other. The 16-kilometer Coast to Coast Walkway stretches from Onehunga, on Manukau Harbour, to Viaduct Harbour, on the other side. When you get there, treat yourself to a cool drink from one of the many pubs and bars on the waterfront.
If you prefer to not do the legwork yourself, book one of the many tours on offer, from five-star coaches and luxury limousine rides to budget bus tours and electric bike tours. You can visit all the main attractions or opt for a special-interest tour, focusing on anything from walking to wine. For something a bit more relaxing, roam one of the city’s lovely green spaces, such as the Auckland Domain and Albert Park.
For those that are self-driving, you’ll have easy access to the outer reaches of the city. The rugged west coast beaches of Piha, with their volcanic black sand and jugged rock outcrops, provide a dramatic setting for sunbathing or a picnic. Muriwai Beach is another option, where you can spot gannets when they’re in town. Art lovers will want to visit the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens, just north of Auckland. This manicured garden trail boasts a tranquil setting, plenty of native fauna, and a rotating collection of sculptures by New Zealand artists.
Auckland also serves as the gateway to many North Island destinations. World-famous Hobbiton is just a day trip away, located in Matamata, as well as Rotorua to the south and Puhoi to the north.
Our Concierge team is always happy to provide recommendations to help plan your trip.