New Zealand is widely accepted to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and ecotourism makes up the vast majority of the country’s visitors every year. Auckland is however a great place to visit, and there are lots of things to do in and outside the city which make an ideal starting place for planning a holiday.
First of all there’s the city itself. Auckland is built on a network of volcanic summits, which have formed most of the main thorough-fares and give the city many of its distinctive pockets of green.
For a city that can be quite expensive, there are a lot of great things to do in Auckland without spending a penny. First up is the city’s Maori museum which has an unparalleled collection of artefacts showing off and explaining Maori history and culture.
Then there’s the city’s main art gallery – although there are several. The biggest is the Auckland Art Gallery which has over 15,000 different artworks and some of the finest modern and contemporary art in the world. Because it’s so big, it’s difficult to get around everything in one go, but because it’s free you can always go back.
After a long day of culture you might fancy walking around, so why not head down to Auckland’s recently regenerated waterfront and enjoy a bit of sea air. The Wynyard Quarter is a great place to go with its numerous sculptures, great vantage points and large numbers of cool bars to stop at for a quick drink.
Although famous for its inland treasures Auckland also has a number of great beaches nearby. The New Zealand weather is perhaps not ideally suited to hanging out on the beach all year round, but in the summer the temperatures can hit the thirties and the beach is the best place to be.
And from one extreme to the other, no trip to Auckland would be complete without climbing the country’s most famous volcano, Mount Eden. The crater at Mount Eden is fifty metres deep and well worth heading down into, and after a vigorous walk up the side, the Mount offers the best view of the entirety of Auckland that it’s possible to have.
New Zealand is a fantastic place, and whilst the ecological gems of the interior are difficult to surpass, make sure you schedule a couple of days in Auckland to make the most of the world class sights and sounds on offer.