When you’re exploring Auckland’s cosmopolitan heart, it’s easy to forget just how sprawling the city is. Hugging two harbours, numerous hills and valleys, Auckland is stunning, to say the least. As Greer and Danielle recently discovered on the 48 Hour Destination, there’s simply no better way to appreciate the city (and beyond) in all its scenic glory, than by heading upwards.
One Tree Hill
Also known as Maungakiekie, One Tree Hill is a 182-metre volcanic peak and Maori memorial place, and one of the best locations to watch the sunset. Greer and Daneille were treated to a fast and furious afternoon with Bularangi Motorbike Harley tours before capping off their first day in Auckland at this renowned lookout. If you’ve got more time to spare before or after summiting One Tree Hill, take a wander through the verdant grounds of Cornwall Park, lined with mature trees and home to the historic Acacia Cottage.
At 328 metres tall, the Sky Tower is the obvious place to head for captivating city views, which can extend up to 80 kilometres on a clear day. Buy a ticket to spot city landmarks from the the 60th-floor observation deck, enjoy revolving 360-degree views with a meal at the Orbit 360 Dining or head to The Sugar Club on Level 53, a chic restaurant and bar that serves an array of seasonal dishes designed to share.
SkyJump & SkyWalk
The fun continues at Sky Tower with the SkyJump and SkyWalk – if you’ve got an inclination to strap on a harness and hang off the edge, that is. Join a guide on the 192-metre outdoor platform and feel the rush of uninterrupted Auckland views while casually leaning over the side, or better yet, why not hurl yourself off in thrilling base-jump-style fashion? Don’t forget your Go-Pro!
What better way to admire Auckland from above than taking flight? Auckland Seaplanes offer a comprehensive sky-high introduction to Auckland, with scenic seaplane flights – complete with exhilarating water take-offs and landings – over the Hauraki Gulf. There’s a range of itineraries to choose from, including Rangito Island (Greer and Danielle were able to get a glimpse right into the core of this volcanic cone) to island-hopping tours in and around Hauraki Gulf.
Zip-Lining On Waiheke Island
In between wine tasting and walking on Waiheke Island, why not try hurtling through the air with EcoZip Adventures? Their thrilling network offers spectacular views of the scenery below, from a leisurely cruise over a vineyard to a hair-whipping 200-metre zip-line that whooshes over the trees while providing a captivating panorama of the island and beyond.
It’s not hard to understand why Mudbrick Vineyard is one of the most popular wedding venues in Auckland when you pull up to the estate. In a spectacular location on Church Bay Road, the mudbrick buildings of the estate are surrounded by immaculate gardens and face wonderful views of Huruhi Bay, Auckland city and beyond. The view is reason alone to visit, though you should definitely stick around for a wine tasting, nibbles on the terrace from the bistro or a decadent lunch from Mudbrick Restaurant.