Auckland, our largest city, it’s the perfect place to start or finish one of our tours with absolutely loads of goodies to explore. From art precincts, amazing eateries, museums, shows and waterfront - you could spend lots of time getting lost in the city culture of Auckland. Now regarded as the world’s third most livable city as well as a multi-cultural city with over 80% Polynesian inhabitance, we feel it’s definitely worthwhile visiting. Would you believe that such a big city lies around over 50 volcanoes? There’s much more to meet the eye than ‘just another city’ connotation.
Things to do around the Auckland region:
Auckland definitely offers big city life for us (after all we are a camping trip and spend more time in the remote areas as opposed to the hustle and bustle of the cities) but Auckland City is still a very cool one for a quick stopover. While we are limited in time here with only a one night stop-over before cruising up to the Bay of Islands, we still can recommend a few things to tick off. For those travelling North, we arrive late afternoon so after checking into our accommodation, there is opportunity to head up to the Auckland Sky Tower for a 360 degree view of the wider Auckland region. A sunset or evening trip up the Sky Tower will also provide stunning views and there is a see through floor at the very top for those game! Before leaving Auckland in the morning, it’s your choice to enjoy a sleep-in or get up and stroll the harbour front - definitely a great start to the day and even better with freshly brewed coffee in hand!
If you have a few days in Auckland before or after your tour, we can definitely recommend more exploring close to the city centre or out in the harbour. For those seeking walks, a great one which can be walked from the city is the Coast to Coast Walkway. The name says it all, it is literally a 16km walkway traversing from one coast to the other, passing over dormant volcanic cones along the way. The views are expansive, take a picnic and enjoy! For those seeking views and shorter walks, get on a bus from central Auckland and head to another impressive volcanic cone, Mt Eden. Once was a Maori village as well as an volcano, it’s now a converted recreational reserve perfect for admiring panoramic views of the harbour!
For those with longer than one day in Auckland, make sure you consider getting on a ferry and exploring one of the islands in Auckland harbour’s Hauraki Gulf. There is literally an Island to suit everyone’s travel needs; from summiting a volcano at Rangitoto Island to hiking Great Barrier Island where you’ll be treated with secluded and natural hot springs. The renowned Waiheke Island is golden for creature comforts of good wine and delicious food with a view.
Optional activities for tours passing through Auckland:
Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and there is plenty to do in the city to fill your day. Suggestions include:
- Bungy from the Sky Tower
- 1 day surfing trips
- Visit Waiheke Island
- Stroll the harbour
- Shopping, shopping and shopping
- Try out one of Auckland's many legendary bars including the unique Ice B
TOURS THAT START/FINISH IN AUCKLAND:
- Ultimate Explorer Tour
- Reverse Traverse Tour
- Grand Traverse Tour
- Hot Rocks Tour
- Northern Wanderer Tour
- Beach It Tour
- Northern Light
- Northern Express Tour