Taking a tour around Auckland and its surroundings can be very exciting. You will be able to see an enticing mix of sparkling harbour water, once active volcanoes and a vibrant, cosmopolitan ambience. Day tours and multi-day adventures can take you out of the city to experience magical areas around the city.
Some of these fascinating areas include traditional Maori villages, the hobbit village of Hobbiton and the Waitomo Caves illuminated by glowworms. Back in the city, Auckland’s harbour usually provides an ideal backdrop for dinner cruises and city tours.
Don’t miss these Auckland attractions:
- Maori tours and cultural shows
- Dolphins and whale watching cruises
- Harbour bridge climbing
- Food and wine tours of the regions
- Harbourside delights
- City walking, bus and motorbike tours
The harbour is arguably Auckland’s pride and joy. So, take to the waters onboard a relaxing sailboat and enjoy the best views from one of the best vantage points in the city. Energetic visitors can sign up for a kayaking tour to Rangitoto Island. This island is one of the largest once bubbling volcanoes in Auckland.
You can hike across its unique lava-created wilderness and take in some of the local wildlife which includes a sizeable population of once endangered Saddlebacks. If you want a different point of view, you can scale the heights and enjoy a white-knuckle trip to the top of the Sky Tower which is 328 metres tall.
Even though the glass fronted lift to the top can be exciting for some, most thrill seekers opt for a Sky Walk around a pergola that sports a sheer drop of 192 metres, or an even more adrenaline-inducing base-jump by wire off the same pergola!
Make yourself familiar with Auckland by going on a city sights tour and exploring popular landmarks such as the Botanic Gardens and the ever popular Auckland Zoo. It can also be a good idea to consider visiting the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Parnell which is the oldest suburb in Auckland and also take a leisurely trip down scenic Tamaki Drive.
Those who love wine should consider visiting Waiheke Island which is a favourite tour destination for wine lovers. Board a helicopter for a decadent getaway from the city, floating high over the Hauraki Gulf to the popular Mudbrick Vineyard.
Here you can enjoy some of the finest wines in New Zealand. You will also be able to enjoy a luxurious three-course meal before taking an evening harbour cruise back to the mainland. Isn’t this just memorable and exciting?