The Ins and Outs of Auckland NZ

Located on the northern half of the island, Auckland was first settled in the 14th century and is now the largest city on the island of New Zealand, which rests in the Tasman Sea south east of Australia. With temperatures ranging on average from 58 degrees F in July to 75 degrees F in February, snowfall is unlikely as the city has not experienced any since 2011. Renowned for its beautiful wildlife and geographical landmarks, as well as its bustling city center, Auckland offers a variety of attractions to visitors and locals alike.

 

Natural Landscapes

With 48 volcanoes spread across the mainland, Auckland is part of one of nature’s greatest phenomenon, the Ring of Fire, a ring of volcanoes in the south pacific. Visibly marked with lush, green pastures, the volcanoes make great retreats for picnics and other leisurely activities. If golden beaches are more your style, Auckland is home to numerous beaches offering a relaxing time in the sun for swimmers, surfers and sunbathers alike. If you’re finding yourself a little wild at heart, or just in the mood for some quality time with mother nature, take a guided tour through the rainforest, the mountain sanctuary or even to a secluded mountainside that once served as a movie set.

Physical Activities

If you’re looking to get the heart pumping, Auckland offers an array of sports activities, events and adventures to be found all over the city. For those looking for a relaxing, easy paced competition, choose between the many inland or ocean side golf courses the city has to offer. Whether you like to pair your golfing with a little shopping and entertainment, or with a little wine and locally grown produce, a round of golf any time of the year is sure to hit the spot. If you’re looking for more of an adrenaline rush, check out one of the many adventures Auckland has to offer; repel down a cliff side, inside a cave or across canyons, take a horse back ride across the beach or an atv through the wilderness, or stop by the indoor snow resort for some snowboarding and skiing.

 

Night (or Day) Life

Looking for a good strong night cap? Why wait for nighttime. Aside from Auckland’s happening night life in the Britomart Precinct, with its new restaurants and bars, Ponsonby Road with its modern twist on fine dining, or any of the city’s many other party central hotspots; Auckland offers an amazing assortment of wineries open day and night for patrons to explore and experience either on their own or as part of a guided wine tour across the island. Whether you take your wine with a mountain, grassland or ocean view, a wine tasting is an sure to be an exceptional way to work your way around the city without breaking the bank.

 

Rest and Relaxation

If you find yourself worn out from all of the day’s excitement, finish out your day with a restful stay at one of the city’s spa and health centers for a massage or some yoga, then top off the night with a leisurely stroll through one of Auckland’s premiere art galleries and check out the contributions made from artists all over the world.

 

If you ever find yourself in the south pacific, whether for business or pleasure, a trip to Auckland NZ is sure to entertain. Click here to contact me.

 

 

 

 

Things to do in Auckland Nz

 

Auckland‘s nickname is City of Sails. The city is rich with Maori and European history. The Maori people are from Polynesia, they arrived to New Zealand in the 12th century and the Europeans arrived in the 17th century.

 

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari

Aboard the catamaran (luxury whale watching yacht), you will be taken to the Hauraki Gulf to watch marine mammals and seabirds up close. You are guaranteed to see marine mammals, if not, you can come back for free. Marine research scientists are on board. Commentary provided by captain and crew.

 

Auckland War Memorial Museum

Natural history and military artifacts are in this war memorial. There is a live performance from the Maori tribe and learn about their culture and craftwork. The museum holds the largest collection of decorative arts in New Zealand. It is a memorial to those who lost their lives in WWI and WWII.

 

America’s Cup Yacht Sailing

Passengers are allowed to take the helm and get involved on the grinders with no sailing experience. Find out all about the race yacht while viewing landscapes and skyline.

Waiheke Island Wine Tour

A ferry will take you to Waiheke Island. You will visit Stonyridge Vineyard for lunch and wine tasting, then you will go to Rangihoua Estate to taste olive oil, the next stop is to taste wine and micro-brews at Wild on Waiheke and the last stop is a visit to Mudbrick Vineyard.

 

Tiritiri Matangi Wildlife Bird Sanctuary

Protects rare and endangered bird species living on the island. It is a guided hike to learn about bird life and history of the island. You will learn several bird calls. Proceeds go directly to the preservation of the sanctuary.

 

Auckland Sky Tower

The tallest building in New Zealand, it has three observation decks with two activities: Skywalk and Sky jump. The Sky Tower is surrounded by restaurants, bars and a casino.

 

The Skywalk is a walk around the exterior edge of the tower in coveralls and a safety harness.

 

The SkyJump is where you are provided a SkyJump suit and a safety harness. You jump off the edge where there is a thick wire attached, you fall to the ground and land on your feet, there you are given a certificate.

 

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Was formed from limestone and is the most popular tourist destinations in New Zealand. See the beautiful rock formations and thousands of glowworms that light up the cave.

 

Tepid Baths

Historical indoor hot water public pools; saunas and steam rooms were added in 1997. It was updated and remodeled in 2012, blending the old with the new. It is now a recreational center complete with a gym.

 

Rainbow’s End Theme Park

Rides and attractions are: bumper boats water ride, corkscrew rollercoaster, dodgems, family karts, fear fall, gold rush roller coaster, kidz kingdom, log flume water ride, motion master, private ship, power surge, scorpion karts, stratosfear, the invader, a cinema show, AA drivers town, and mini golf.

Make Auckland, New Zealand you next vacation destination, as you can see that is lots to see.

 

 

Our Own Auckland

 

Auckland, New Zealand, has been rated the third most liveable city in the world. It is a melting pot of many cultures that live in peace and mutual acceptance. The majority of the people living here are New Zealand Europeans of British decent, but there are also many Pacific Islanders and Asians. New Zealand has a population of about 1.5 million, with 32 percent living in Auckland.

 

Heritage

The city has a rich heritage of its own. Settlers came from Polynesia via canoe voyages between 1250 and 1300 AD. Over centuries of isolation, they developed their own culture that is known as “Maori” with their own language and way of living. This includes many magical myths surrounding the land and its history.

 

A Unique City

The city’s name came from the Maori word Tāmaki Makaurau (or Ākarana), which means “the maiden sought by a hundred lovers”, referring to its beauty. Although Auckland is a bustling metropolis, it is surrounded by lush farmland and tropical rain forests. It is the only city in the world built on an active basaltic volcanic field.

 

Attractions

There is plenty to see and do in this beautiful city. One of its nicknames is “City of Sails” because of the people’s love of water sports. With its mild winters and warm summers, people take to the water most of the year. The city is one of the few to have two harbors on two separate bodies of water, the Manukau Harbor on the Tasman Sea and the Waitemata Harbor on the Pacific Ocean.

The Sky Tower is a communications and observation tower where you will find a casino complex and restaurants including one that rotates 360 degrees, allowing a superb view of the city and its surroundings, as well as observation decks, one with a glass floor. Daredevils do bungee jumping from these heights.

 

There is Kelly Tarlton’s aquarium where you can view the many water creatures from this area.The art gallery holds treasures from the 11th century to the present.The Auckland Museum tells of the area’s people, history, flora, and fauna. The war museum also serves as a war memorial to those killed in the First and Second World Wars. There are two ‘Halls of Memory’ and along with marble slabs, list the names of all known New Zealand soldiers from the Auckland Region killed in major conflicts.There is also the Auckland Zoo, Rainbows End fun park for the whole family, Glenfern Sanctuary for nature lovers, and Snowplanet, an indoor year-round snow resort.With its varied culture, there are shops that you will be delighted to browse in, and restaurants of an amazing variety.

 

Nearby

Rangitoto Island is a volcanic island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland City. The Scenic Reserve there is the youngest volcano in the Auckland volcanic field. It is home to a pohutukawa forest.Waitemata Harbour offers harbor tours and sailing.Of course, there are walking trails where you can enjoy the scenery and tours, along with gorgeous gold courses. Contact me here