10 awesome things to do in Auckland
Auckland is the largest, and one of the most vibrant cities in New Zealand, and with a third of the population of New Zealand living here, it’s also the busiest. The biggest advantage is, that there are so many awesome things to do in Auckland. Check out 10 of our favourites.
There is no shortage of fun to be had in Auckland, whatever you’re into this city has it, from great beaches, nightlife, adventure activities to great shopping. As the main gateway into New Zealand, it’s the perfect place to start or end your New Zealand campervan hire road trip.
Auckland: the show never stops
Whether you like jumping off stuff, sightseeing, wining and dining, relaxing by the beach, trekking or history there is an array of free and paid activities that you can do in Auckland, or near Auckland. They can all easily accessed at your pace and in your own time by road, a few of Auckland's many top offerings.
1. Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island, situated in the Hauraki Gulf is only a 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland’s city centre but miles away in pace and beauty.
The island has award-winning vineyards, olive groves and pastures, filled with beautiful beaches, walks and lots of character, a great island to explore by campervan or just pop over by ferry for a day trip.
Ferries from Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter or Half Moon Bay to Waiheke run at various times daily. Check out Sealink's schedule and fares.
For the freedom to do and see more you can take your Spaceship campervan across by ferry as it's classified as a regular car. You can see more of Waiheke Island than fellow travellers on a motorhome or big campervan.
Auckland is New Zealand’s most volcanic city, and you can easily spend a day exploring Auckland’s most popular volcanoes, of which include Mt Wellington, Mt Eden, Lake Pupuke, One Tree Hill and Rangitoto. Have a look at the full list of volcanoes in Auckland.
3. Sky Jump and the Auckland Bridge Climb & Bungy
For the adventurous at heart, Auckland boasts two great thrillseeker options including The Sky Jump, which is 192m travelling up to 83 km/ph off New Zealand's tallest structure, the Sky Tower.
Alternatively, if you feel safer jumping over water as opposed to concrete try the AJ Hackett bungy jump off Auckland’s Harbour Bridge (more info). Enjoy an exclusive bridge walk out to the specially-constructed bungy pod and if it’s a hot day and you feel like a cool down try a favourite, the “water touch” option.
Piha located on the West Coast, 40 kilometres from Auckland is one of New Zealand’s most popular surf beaches and a great spot to explore. It's the perfect first stop on your New Zealand road trip, after picking up your campervan in Auckland.
Piha’s black sandy beach is split in two by the popular Lion Rock with a walking track up to the top displaying majestic views of the sea and park land. Check out all the walks you can do at Piha.
5. North Shore
For more of a relaxing swim and day at the beach, North Shore’s Long Bay provides a great stretch of land with numerous shady picnic areas. Long Bay has calmer waters than Piha providing a safer swim. The sweeping beach adjoins a marine reserve. The park itself also stands of native bush, the historic Vaughan Homestead and restaurant.
6. Auckland Museum
To learn about New Zealand history and Maori Culture, visit the Auckland Museum in central Auckland. A Maori Culture Centre, war memorial and collection and research area, it has a collection of interesting artefacts showcasing New Zealand’s history and culture.
Located in The Auckland Domain, the perfect place to take a stroll and play a game of frisbee on the playing fields while surrounded by formal gardens and ponds. More info about Auckland Museum and how to get there.
7. Night Life
Auckland’s Viaduct harbour located at the bottom of the city is jam packed with bars, cafes and restaurants, hosting some of the city’s best bars and clubs.
Or enjoy Auckland's nightlife and shops at Britomart. It's easy to reach from downtown Queen Street and the Britomart transport centre.
Make sure you pay a visit Wynyard Quarter, especially during summer. Enjoy the food stalls, market stalls or go for one of the free films that are shown in summer.
8. Explore NZ Dolphin & Whale Safari
The Hauraki Gulf is the perfect place to see some of the most beautiful creatures on earth, and with 22 species of marine mammals being identified in this area it’s a sure bet you will set your sights on an intriguing frenzy of whales, dolphins and seabirds. Also, learn about some of the most significant cultural and historical parts of this amazing maritime park as well.
For the ultimate sailing experience, Explore NZ also provide 2-3 hour racing matches around the Harbour and Hauraki Gulf in the sleek America’s Cup yachts.
9. Rainbow’s End theme park
Perfect for a day of fun-filled entertainment, Rainbow’s End is New Zealand’s biggest adventure theme park. Packed with a range of fun activities and rides for the very young to the very old, there is something for everyone at Rainbow’s End!
10. Kelly Tarltons
World-Class visitor attraction Kelly Tarlton's is perfect for enthusiastic young learners interested in mammals and sea life, hosting a range of New Zealand Pacific and Southern Ocean sea mammals.
See magnificent birds in the Antarctic Encounter area, come as close as possible to seeing Stingrays, sharks, turtles, giant rays and other incredible deep sea creatures in the Underwater world while on dry land or if you feel like really getting close partake in one of their Animal Adventures that include snorkel and scuba safaris and a cage-free shark dive!
Located in Auckland’s Orakei (close to Mission Bay), a beautiful place to take a stroll by the beach and have a picnic by the fountain after your world underwater encounter. It certainly is a perfect to do in Auckland activity no matter the weather.