If you only have a couple of days to get to know Auckland and the surrounding area, your schedule will be jam-packed up until the time you leave. You can be sure that your taste of the city will leave you wanting more, so don’t be surprised when you find yourself looking at flights to return again soon! However you’ll certainly be able to get a taste of New Zealand during your first visit, as long as you get out there and enjoy everything it has to offer. I’ve got a few suggestions for what you can do close to Auckland, so have a look at your itinerary and see what you have time for…
See our local wildlife up close in Auckland Zoo. There are plenty of native species here, including unusual birds, tiny penguins and coastal seals. You’ll also be able to see a number of Australian creatures including parrots, emus and wallabies. This makes for a great family day out; your little ones will be amused whilst you soak up the atmosphere that makes New Zealand such a wonderful place.
For those who don’t fear heights, Auckland’s Sky Tower might be the best attraction for you. It stands 328 metres tall and offers views of up to 80 kilometres in every direction. If the view simply isn’t thrilling enough for you, you can choose to do a SkyWalk around the pergola (192 metres high) or even do a SkyJump – not for the faint hearted! I’d suggest Orbit – Auckland’s only 360-degree revolving restaurant – for a more relaxing experience.
Get on a boat from Downtown Auckland and head to Waiheke Island, 35 minutes away. It is an island of vineyards and sandy beaches, so it’s a great place to let your hair down and enjoy yourself. Adventurous types can go kayaking or on a zip-line course, whilst beach bums can simply sit back and relax. Either way, pack your camera and your suntan lotion and expect to stay there the whole day.
Rain Forest Express
Look into Auckland car rental and drive a short distance to Titirangi, about 40 minutes from the centre of the city. Here you’ll be able to board the Rain Forest Express which passes through some amazing landscapes. You’ll be able to get up close with the rainforest, seeing valleys, tunnels and bush. This is another activity that is perfect for the whole family.
If you didn’t know it already, New Zealand is the home of jet boating. It’d sure be a shame if you missed on this adrenaline fuelled activity, as it’s also the perfect time to explore Auckland’s harbour. There are various river trips you can do on the south island, but in Auckland you should try the Adventure Jet. It’s the first sea jet boat of its kind to ride on the Waitemata Harbour; it combines high speeds and tricks to excite many travellers each year.