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The best things to do in Auckland before beginning your tour

There’s plenty things to do in Auckland if you’ve got a spare day either side of your tour. A super city perched on the edge of a large natural harbour, New Zealand's ‘City of Sails’ is a paradise of urban attractions, beaches, rainforest and volcanoes.


  • The suburbs of Parnell and Ponsonby for boutique shops, New Zealand designers, galleries and upmarket eateries.
  • The Sky Tower, standing at 328m high, for awe-inspiring views of the cityscape including volcanoes and the Auckland Harbour.
  • The Auckland Museum for a history of New Zealand, the indigenous Maori people and the Treaty of Waitangi, our founding document.
  • The Britomart Precinct, Auckland's newest shopping district with designer boutiques, bars and cafes.
  • Clevedon and the Pohutukawa Coast for a taste of rural life. Stroll the quirky country stores have an ice-cream on the beach at Kawakawa Bay.
  • The Muriwai Gannet Colony on the west coast of Auckland for an insider's look at the nesting habits of these remarkable birds.



  • The Awhitu Peninsula, with vast panoramas over sandy cliffs, volcanic beaches and spectacular cliff-top roads.
  • Karekare Beach on Auckland's West Coast of . A wide black-sand beach, Karekare is surrounded by lush native forest.
  • Devonport, A historic seaside village with sandy beaches, volcanoes historic settlements and a bustling town centre.
  • Kumeu Wine Country, to explore boutique wineries, orchards and rolling green farmland. Be sure to indulge in a spot of wine tasting.
  • Rangitoto Island, New Zealand's youngest volcano, and walk ancient lava fields and native forest to reach the cone.
  • The Hunua Ranges. Less than an hours drive from Auckland, this park is home to an abundance of streams, waterfalls, and has the largest native forest in Auckland.



  • The sun at Mission Bay. Wander the promenade and order fish and chips from the renowned ‘Fish Pot’ to eat on the beach.
  • The Polynesian atmosphere at the Otara Markets. If you're here on Saturday, head down the Southern Motorway for some colourful culture.
  • A little ecology at Tiritiri Matangi, one of the most successful conservation in the world, home to many rare and native bird species.
  • The sounds of a rainforest in the Waitakere Ranges, with more than 16,000 acres of ancient forest and sweeping coastline.
  • The artisan atmosphere on Waiheke Island, a haven of olive groves, vineyards, beaches, quirky cafes and craft stores.
  • The maritime vibe in Wynyard Quarter, the latest extension of Auckland's waterfront, filled with exciting marine attractions.


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