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Why visit Auckland?
Auckland combines contemporary urban living with rugged natural landscapes. From trendy restaurants and bars to secluded beaches and forests, Auckland is the best of all worlds. Catering to thrill-seekers, nature lovers, families, couples, nightlife lovers, and all types of people, this trendy and beautiful city is a must-visit.
When to visit Auckland?
Auckland is in the Southern Hemisphere and follows the same seasons as Australia, with summer falling over December to February and winter falling over June to August. It barely gets too hot or too cold in Auckland, with winter temperatures reaching the low teens in degrees Celsius and summer reaching the low 20s in degrees Celsius. Unlike other New Zealand destinations, Auckland does not get cold enough for snow and skiing, so the most popular time to visit is over summer. While temperatures are at their best over summer, this is also peak time, so there may be crowds. Visiting over spring or autumn will ensure temperatures are still mild with fewer crowds.
Getting around Auckland
Auckland is a major metropolitan city so getting around is relatively easy. Auckland has an excellent public transport system offering buses, ferries and trains. Britomart is the main transport hub with many routes starting and ending there. The ferry terminal is also two minutes away from Britomart. Purchase a prepaid card for travel called an AT HOP card for cheaper fares. Alternatively, you can walk or cycle around the central area or hire a car for more extensive travel.
Things to do in Auckland
Get your trip off to a thrilling start by bungee jumping off Sky Tower, a prominent high-rise in Auckland CBD. For something a little more demure, Sky Tower is still worth a visit for the stunning views. Surf the strong waves at Piha Beach or spend the day sunbathing and taking in the picturesque Lion Rock surroundings. Climb to Mount Eden, Auckland's highest natural point and home to a dormant volcano. For a more laid-back vibe, kayak around Goat Island or go birdwatching on Tiritiri Matangi Island.
Free Things to do in Auckland
Take in nature with a walk There are plenty of walks in and around Auckland offering spectacular views. Opt for a simple seaside stroll or a forest hike, depending on your preferences. If you prefer more leisurely strolls, the walk from the CBD to Mission Bay is lovely and ends on a beach for a post-walk dip. If you prefer a nature hike, venture a little further from Auckland CBD and visit the surrounding parks and forests. Hunua Ranges Regional Park offers a variety of trails catering to beginners or experts. Climb a volcano Auckland is known for its volcanoes. In fact, the city has 53 of them, with many offering panoramic views over the entire city. Climb to the top of a volcano and be inspired by the views. Mount Eden is a popular volcano to climb, located centrally and easy to get to.
Fun Things to do in Auckland
Sky adventures Adrenaline junkies take to the skies for a spot of skydiving, bungee jumping, or the infamous sky jumping - which involves jumping from the iconic Sky Tower. For those who enjoy the land underneath them, you can opt to walk around the edge of Sky Tower, 192 metres above the ground. Head on over to Harbour Bridge to try bungee jumping into the Waitemata Harbour, or go for a bridge climb for a less adrenaline-inducing activity. Water adventures Known as the City of Sails, Auckland is surrounded by water. Take to the seas with a boat ride, swim, or kayak at one of the many surrounding bodies of water. Embark on a guided sunset kayak tour to Rangitoto, a popular water adventure for visitors. Where to each and drink in Auckland Grab a pint by the water at Swashbucklers Bar, overlooking the serene Westhaven Marina. For dinner, stroll along Food Alley, where you'll find stalls selling every type of Asian cuisine, including Thai, Indian, Japanese, Korean, and so much more. Head on over to Viaduct Harbour to be amongst one of Auckland's main dining hubs. Stroll along the Harbour and be spoiled for choice. Local favourites include 'Homeland' for delectable meals, 'Parasol & Swing' for rooftop cocktail vibes, and 'Atomic Coffee Roasters' for a caffeine hit.
Where to stay in Auckland
One of the best places to stay in Auckland is Viaduct Harbour, centrally located to keep you in the mix and waterside for refreshing ocean air and views. Accor has a range of hotels situated in Viaduct Harbour to suit your needs. Stay at Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour for upscale comfort or, for those on a budget, ibis Budget Auckland Central Hotel is only a short stroll from Viaduct Harbour.