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5 great outdoor adventures in Auckland

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There are so many amazing outdoor adventures to explore in Auckland. From kayaking to hiking and climbing, you’ll find everything there is in Auckland. Grab a hire car at Auckland airport and drive to your next outdoor adventure, whenever you feel like it!

Here are five ideas for outdoor activities that every adventurous traveller must experience in Auckland.

Hike Mt Eden
Mainland Auckland’s highest volcanic peak offers beautiful 360 degree views of the city and surrounds. It’s 196m tall and while many visitors opt for a tour bus or train to reach the top, many find it’s much more rewarding to drive to the bottom and then hike the trail up.

Zip-lining across Waiheke Island
Beautiful Waiheke Island is renowned for its wineries, but for the adventurous traveller, it’s the ultimate destination for zip-lining. There are three 200 metre zipline flights, which take you across valleys, above vineyards and a lush forest. While it’s an incredible adrenalin rush, you’re completely strapped in and safe!

Mountain biking through Woodhill Forest
Woodhill Forest is said to be home to some of the city’s best mountain biking trails, making it a fun playground for riders of all ages. The single track network in this sand based pine forest is located about 40 minutes from Auckland CBD. Don’t have a bike? You can hire one without spending a fortune – just book in advance.

Auckland Harbour Bridge Climb
Experience the Auckland Harbour Bridge on foot! Take a 1.5 hour tour, which leads you to incredible 360 degree views from the top of one of Auckland’s most iconic landmarks. You’ll learn about the bridge’s construction and engineering along the way.

Sea kayaking around the islands
Auckland is located in a region of unique natural beauty, with sandy beaches, volcanic islands and clear waters. Why not explore it with a kayak? Take a guided tour and kayak to Rangitoto Island at sunset, or more experienced kayakers might prefer to spend days kayaking from one island to another.

Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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