If you are visiting New Zealand, Auckland is a definite place to make a trip to.
Places to visit
As soon as we landed, we headed up to the Sky Tower and went for a Skywalk. Next day again we came to the Sky tower for bungee jumping. We caught a ferry to the historic seaside town of Devonport. After the cafe lunch, we went to WWII tunnels and gun replacements in North Head. We tried various wines at wineries spread across the Waiheke islands. We got the ordinary grape wine from the Hunting Lodge Winery packed for us. For dining, Mudbrick Winery is a must go.
We walked from Coast to Coast Walkway from the east and the west. The scenic view was a feast to the eyes. We shopped for vintage clothing and organic products at St. Kevins Arcade.
One full day we lazed in the sun at the mission bay beach near the downtown. We did harbor sailing on the Waitemata Harbour. We took the 4.5 hours eco-safari in the Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Park. The family pass for four just cost just $460. The kids loved to watch the bottlenose dolphins, Bryde’s whales, and orcas. The view Waitakere ranges and the human ranges were admirable. Also, we visited the black sand beaches and waterfalls. The west coast beaches with sunny climate are just lovely. We relished the craft beer, steaks, and fresh seafood at the Currach Irish Pub. You can’t miss the ice creams at Giapo. We had pani-puri at Cassia which serves the modern Indian food.
On Rangitoto Island, you can enjoy hiking along with watching the young volcano with lava tubes at the Summit. The Auckland War Memorial Museum takes you back to the history of arms. Auckland Museum and Auckland art gallery are another must visit. If you are a book lover, do go to the Unity’s books.