Planning for an exciting Kiwi Summer this time? Awesome way to spend your vacation!
By the way, is Auckland on your wish-list?
If it’s a “Yes”, your trip is going to payback big time as there are so many interesting things to do in Auckland you’d wish you could stretch your vacation a bit.
If it’s a No, you’ll surely make changes in your trip after reading how much free fun stuff Auckland has on offer.
Auckland is the largest city of New Zealand and home to one-third of the country’s population. Although this city features busy life, yet there are some breath-taking Auckland attractions that never cease to mesmerize tourists and adventurists. Not to mention restaurants, shopping places, hotels, and museums, the city offers a complete tour-package filled with thrill and excitement.
So, let’s explore the city and find out what to do in Auckland for a nice, refreshing vacation.
Surfing, a nerve-wrecking adventure sport has been quite popular here in New Zealand.
Piha beach is an ideal spot to try your surfing skills. The beach is located on the West Coast, just 40 km from Auckland, and offers a great start to your road trip.
There is a famous Lion Rock that divides the beach into two. The walking track will take you to the top of the rock where you can enjoy the wind as well as majestic views of the surrounding areas. Or you can spend the entire day relaxing on the black sand.
Long Bay is one of the relaxing beaches of the North Shore where you can enjoy safer swimming and calmer water compared to Piha beach. The beach features lots of shady spots for picnic. You can also visit the historic Vaughan Homestead and the restaurant as well.
Be a guest to Waiheke Island to find out what to do in Auckland. The island features beautiful sunny beaches, vineyards, olive groves, pastures, walkways full of wild flowers, and much more.
Waiheke Island lies in Hauraki Gulf, and it will take 35 minutes for a ferry to reach there from the city center. You can get a ferry from Wynyard Quarter in Auckland or Half Moon Bay and pop over for a day trip.
Dolphin and Whale Safari By Explore NZ
In the Hauraki Gulf, seeing and interacting with beautiful sea mammals is one of the premier Auckland attractions. So far, 22 marine mammals have been identified in this region including dolphins and whales.
Explore NZ also organizes racing matches for those who like sailing. It may not be one of those free fun stuff in Auckland, still, it promises to give you the ultimate sailing experience.
Kelly Tarlton’s is a world-class facility, especially for animal-loving kids. This place hosts awesome sea creatures, birds and amphibians. You can enjoy Animal Adventures for close encounters. The snorkel, scuba safaris, and cage-free shark dive are full of fun, thrill, and excitement.
Kelly Tarlton’s is located near Mission Bay which itself is a beautiful spot to relax and remember your underwater encounter.
Sky and Bungy Jumping and Bridge Climbing
For those who like to live on the edge and face their fears, Auckland offers two exciting options:
- The Sky Jump option from New Zealand’s tallest building – the 192m high Sky Tower
- The Bungy Jump option from the Harbour Bridge
You can enjoy an exclusive walk on the bridge up to the specially-constructed bungy pod. Or you can choose the “water touch” option on a hot sunny day to cool down your nerves.
If you compile a list of things to do in Auckland, exploring volcanoes may just sit right on top. The reason is, Auckland is the most volcanic city of New Zealand.
The city features popular spots, such as Mt Eden, Mt Wellington, One Tree Hill, Lake Pupuke and Rangitoto. You can easily spend a day exploring these places.
Located in Central Auckland, the Auckland Museum showcases Maori Culture, war memorials, artifacts and many other things to learn from about New Zealand’s history. The place is surrounded by gardens and ponds.
For kids, teenagers, and adults, Rainbow’s End Theme Park offer fun-filled activities for everyone. From adventure games, and rides, to wall climbing, this theme park tells everyone exactly what to do in Auckland to enjoy vacations.
Nightlife in Auckland
Auckland city offers a handful of options to spend the night outside.
- Britomart is great place to spend the night in shopping.
- Viaduct harbor offers a lot of cafes, bars and clubs to spend a night full of pleasure
- In summer, Wynyard Quarter also displays different kinds of stalls. Here, you can get the free fun stuff in Auckland, as free films are shown throughout summer.