Auckland is definitely worth a decent stopover on your New Zealand adventure. You’ll soon come to realise the city is unique. Not only is it a world class city with all the facilities you’d expect in a capital, but it also has natural wonders right on its doorstep.
In a single day you could be climbing the city’s highest tower, exploring wineries and hiking through pristine rainforest.
This alone makes it a great city to base yourself as you explore Auckland’s attractions. 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 sky line. 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!
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.
Laze the data 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.