Auckland has a host of great places to see, explore and experience. We’ve made a list of the top 6 no tourist on their first time visit should miss.
Auckland is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes. It’s rugged terrain and jagged coastline are a mecca for photographers and adventure travellers alike. Here, we’ve listed the must see attractions every first time traveller to Auckland should not miss out on, as well as the adventure activities you can’t miss giving a go. From taking a high speed jet boat ride to experiencing Auckland’s Harbour, to taking a trek through incredible rainforests, we’ve got the must see and do list for tourists heading to Auckland:
Photo: Amber Parkin
Rangitoto is a volcano island and offers amazing views and walking trails through forest. It would have to be one of the most incredible landmarks and points of interest near Auckland city. Spend time there taking in the views and the incredibly unique flora and fauna.
A branch of the Tasman Sea, the Manukau Harbour plays host to a number of recreational activities. Kick back and relax enjoying the scenery from the shoreline or take a boat out on the water. A great way to spend your day.
One Tree Hill
One tree hill marks one of the tallest volcanic peaks in Auckland. The intense green spaces within the One Tree Hill Domain and Cornwall Park which is situated right next to it form the largest parkland in Auckland. Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill) is known to be the most complex and largest volcanic cone fortress in the southern hemisphere. Today you’ll see sheep and cattle grazing across the grassed areas. You can drive through the park and admire the stone walls, olive groves and oak trees, or explore the area by foot on one of the many walking trails.
The Auckland Harbour Bridge
Completed in 1959, the Auckland Harbour Bridge spans 1,000 meters over St. Mary’s Bay. Not only does it create a beautiful lit up spectacle at night, but it’s also a popular place for climbers and bungee jumpers alike (an activity of which is almost like a prerequisite when visiting this beautiful city). Enjoy the harbour itself by taking a high speed jet boat ride across the water, or for a more leisurely way of taking in the sites, stroll along the water’s edge.
The Sky Tower
Standing 328 metres high, the Sky Tower is the tallest man made structure in New Zealand. In every direction the tower offers incredible sights of Auckland of up to 80 kilometres in every direction.
The Auckland Domain
The Auckland Domain sits above the volcanic crater Pukekawa and is the oldest park in New Zealand. It spans over 75 hectares and has a number of fascinating attractions including the Auckland War Memorial Museum, walking paths and some amazing flora.
So once you’ve had a long day taking in the sights, why not head to one of Auckland’s bars for a cold one. Auckland has some great watering holes that could rival some of the best Sydney bars, you just need to know where to find them. Mo’s, Rakino’s and the Wine Cellar are three of the best little places to check out.
Auckland has some wonderful places to see and things to do. I hope our list of some of the must see attractions in this beautiful place has given you some inspiration for great activities you can add to your Auckland site-seeing checklist.