Auckland is a world-class city that has all you’d expect from a capital and more, with natural wonders right on its doorstep. Whether you’re passing through this unique city on Anzac Day or a local and want to make the most of the public holiday, we’ve picked some key celebrations and fun things to do!
In a single day, you could be climbing the city’s highest tower, exploring wineries and hiking through pristine rainforest. All you need to do is find a great hire car deal from Auckland Airport with DriveNow and you’re all set.
Visit Sky tower in Auckland (pictured)
At 328 metres tall, the Sky Tower is an icon of Auckland’s skyline. Tourists who stop in Auckland even for just one day tend to make sure the Sky Tower is at the top of their list. Admire the panoramic 360-degree views of the city and its natural surrounds. You can also enjoy a superb lunch or dinner at the top so you have longer to take in the views. Daredevils can take up the offer to go bungee jumping off the tower. Sky Tower has something for everybody and on Anzac Day it will be lit up in red with a poppy emblem as a mark of respect for those who fought in the war.
Explore wineries at Waiheke Island
All it takes is a 35-minute ferry ride to get from Auckland to Waiheke Island. Travel to this island and you’ll be amazed at the beautiful vineyards and beaches that await. The island is home to more than a dozen high-class vineyards. Sample the region’s finest drops as you take in breathtaking views in every direction. There will be two Anzac Day parades to commemorate those who died in the war and honour the servicemen and women who returned.
Auckland War Memorial Museum
A visit to Auckland War Memorial Museum on Anzac Day is a must for anybody wanting to be a part of the commemorations. A museum-wide celebration will take place all day with various activities from uplifting music to poetry and speeches to allow visitors to reflect on the sacrifices of war. The museum will be free to enter for everyone on Anzac Day, where you can explore the special exhibitions such as the Lego Brickman, Wonders of the World. Perfect for those with younger ones in the party.
Laze the day away at the West Coast beaches
Auckland’s west is as wild as it is marvellous. You’ll discover remote, untouched beaches that soothe the soul. Piha Beach is popular with surfers and swimmers. Karekare is a great, isolated spot for travellers who are looking for natural beauty. Make sure you take the time to see Karekare Falls while you’re in the area. People also flock to Muriwai for its impressive coastline.
Mount Eden hike
Auckland is home to nearly 50 volcanoes. Many of these have spectacular walking tracks to the top and panoramic views. One of the best short hikes is Mount Eden. At 196 metres high, it’s the city’s highest natural point. Gorgeous views of the city and harbour await.