Auckland is the beating heart of New Zealand’s North Island, and a place of stunning natural majesty. If you have never been to New Zealand, and you’re planning a trip now, you need to make Auckland a priority city for your visit. There are plenty of iconic things to see and do when you hit the tarmac in Auckland, and we recommend trying to see as much as you possibly can.
We understand that most of your New Zealand adventure is likely to be taken up with Middle Earth-ing it around the locations in Lord of the Rings, and we can’t say we blame you! But, if you need a change of scenery from Hobbiton, head to Auckland and have an explore. An adventure here holds so much promise, and these are some of the things we recommend you do.
Head for Waitakere Ranges National Park
20 miles from downtown Auckland is this stunning national park contains an unprecedented 40,000 acres of wildlife, woodland, and beachfront. Hiking and biking are the order of the day here, and two of the best beaches here include Piha and Whatipu, as well as magical waterfall Fairy Falls. There is plenty for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy, and the stunning surroundings are ideal for travelers to the city. You can drive to the park, and the admission is free, so this is something you need to do.
Glow Worm Caves
Okay, no we’re talking, this is one of the most breathtaking sights you will ever see. Head to the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves to see this natural wonder. These tiny creatures can only be found in New Zealand, and the caves are beautiful enough as it is. When you add the glow worms in, you get a stunning, subterranean marvel. You can take a boat part of the tour where you have to be quiet, but this is one of those life-changing things you will only ever get to experience here.
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
We think that, when you’re traveling, you simply have to check out the art and culture of the city you’re in. Auckland Art Gallery is an excellent, informative, and fascinating gallery, filled with local artwork, and some excellent exhibitions. There are more than 16,000 art pieces on display in this amazing gallery, and there is a stunning Maori display here as well. The gallery is open daily, and it is free to visit, so make sure you get down there and discover some of the finest artwork in the country.
Auckland is the city that has everything. If you want sprawling, lush greenery there’s plenty of it here. If you want a sophisticated and contemporary urbanscape, you’ll find it here. And, if you want some subterranean delights, you’ll also find them in Auckland. There is such a range to choose from that you can’t help but fall in love with the beauty and stunning opportunity here in Auckland. Exploring Auckland is one of the most fun and interesting things to do, and it’s one of the best cities we’ve ever visited.