All The Things To Do In Auckland, New Zealand

12 April 2019
Read Time: 3.6 mins

With so much of the city to explore from the delicious food and wine to the incredible natural beauty, and of course friendly locals, Auckland has it all. Flight Centre travel experts, and New Zealand locals, Will and Jamie, cover off how to get around, what to see and do, where to eat, and more for making the most of the city.

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How long is the flight to New Zealand?

It’s just a 3-hour flight from the east coast to Auckland.

 

How do you get from Auckland airport to the city?

It’s only 20 kilometres from the heart of the city. The SkyBus runs an express service 24 hours a day. Or you can get at a taxi or Uber.

 

Where should you stay in Auckland?

The Viaduct and city centre are your best bet because they’re close to everything.

Flight Centre consultant Jamie outside the Hilton Auckland. Flight Centre consultant Jamie outside the Hilton Auckland.

Auckland's Ultimate Things To Do: Here are our top five…

1. Sky Tower SkyJump, Downtown

You can jump from the top of the SkyTower which sits at a breezy 192 metres.

2. Waiheke Island wineries

If you’re looking to try out one of New Zealand’s best wine regions, take a day trip out to the Waiheke Island wineries. It’s just a 40-minute ferry from downtown Auckland and if you want to take your hire car with you, Sealink is the only ferry service that offers this as an option from Wynyard Wharf. While you’re on the island you can also visit the Ecozip Adventures flying-fox.

3. Climb Mount Eden

Climb a volcano! Mount Eden in Central Auckland is a great 2km walk for all levels of fitness.

4. Auckland War Memorial Museum, Parnell

For culture buffs, visit the Auckland War Memorial Museum for a fascinating glimpse into early Māori culture.

5. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Downtown

Or at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki - you’ll find the country’s largest and most inspiring visual arts experience.

Flight Centre consultant Jamie jumping from the Sky Tower. Flight Centre consultant Jamie jumping from the Sky Tower.

What are Auckland's Best Restaurants?

Auckland and its wineries are among some of the best. On Waiheke Island our picks are Tantalus Estate, Casita Miro and Batch Winery for its incredible Kiwi-style High Tea.

To sink your teeth into some Maori fusion, Pūhā & Pākehā is a must. Or for high end dining, Pasture Restaurant and Orbit in the Sky Tower are top of our list.

We also love Elliott Stables which has a wide selection of different budget eateries, perfect for lunch in the city, and Giapo for delicious sculptural ice cream.

 

What are Auckland’s Best Bars?

If you’re looking for an after dinner drink, Auckland has a pretty cool rooftop bar scene. The Parasol and Swing Company and Saint Alice both have views over the picturesque Viaduct Harbour or you can enjoy city and ocean views from the trendy SO Hotel Bar.

Flight Centre consultant Will enjoying some of Auckland's finest food and drinks at Parasol & Swing Company. Flight Centre consultant Will enjoying some of Auckland's finest food and drinks at Parasol & Swing Company.

What are Auckland’s best outdoor activities? Here’s our top 3...

Auckland has some stunning natural wonders.  

1. West Coast Beaches: Bethells Beach & Piha Beach

Just 40 minutes drive from the city centre takes you to the spectacular West Coast beaches – like Bethells or Piha. It’s also a great spot for surfing, hiking and mountain biking.

2. Duder Regional Park, Clevedon

Head East to Duder Regional Park for swimming, hiking and biking.

3. Rangitoto Volcanic Island

Take a scenic walk or a guided 4WD tour to the summit of Rangitoto Island for 360-degree views of the Hauraki Gulf and Auckland.

Hot Tip: take the sunset kayak tour to catch an amazing sunset

For more info and tips like these ones from Will and Jaime, talk to your Flight Centre travel expert in store.

Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a Flight Centre travel writer/video producer and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.