Best things to do in Auckland and sightseeing in Auckland
Piha - Auckland
The Piha beach in Auckland is very popular with tourists and locals alike and not without reason. A beach of black iron sand, it is known for some serious surf, making swimming quite a dangerous activity here because of the rip tides and currents that have been known to break canoes! Apart from the beach, the cliffs and the Waitekere Ranges that lie behind the beaches also have trails and hikes.
Waiheke - Auckland
Wahike Island is famous for bike riding (cycling in common terms). You can hire a bike from Auckland itself, take it to Wahike with you on a ferry and prepare yourself for an adventurous ride!! I covered the entire bike route and also got a chance to meet professionals from France who were on a biking trip!! The ride is indeed tiring but the adrenalin rush makes it a must do!! Again New Zealand will amaze you with breath taking scenery and beautiful beaches during the entire bike trip. The cycle track is on a mountainous terrain, so be prepared for some thumping in the heart and loss of breath at times!!
Nomads Auckland Backpackers Hostel - Auckland
Auckland CBD - Auckland
Buffalo Bar & Grill - Auckland
Auckland is the perfect jumping off point to the South Pacific and it also happens to be home to one of my favorite meals in the world...green-lipped mussels and a sauvignon blanc. I spent the two days enjoying the views from the apartment, catching up on sleep, watching crazy people jump of the Sky Tower every few minutes and making plans for my next stop in Rarotonga. It was a glorious 4 days in Auckland and I am starting to think of that Sky Deck apartment as my second home (if only!). There is no doubt in my mind I’ll be renting it again before too long.
Devonport - Auckland
Devonport is another island which can be reached in 12 minutes via ferry from Auckland Central. Victoria hill on Devonport sports is one of the oldest forts found in New Zealand. The lanes in the fort are quite narrow and spooky. People say that the air inside the fort is chilly because of the souls of ancient warriors that still haunt the place. Nevertheless, this hill is one of the best places to experience the beauty of the setting sun in this land of fire (Acronym given to New Zealand because of the numerous volcanoes the country has!! As a matter of fact, Hill Victoria is also an extinct volcano!!). The 360 degree view you get from the top makes you want to live here. FOREVER!!
Rotoroa Island - Auckland
Rotoroa Island as the legend goes was once a rehabilitation centre for alcohol addicts. Well, as of now, in cooperation with the New Zealand Zoo, it has been turned into a wildlife breeding and trekking place. Once you get there, you cannot refrain yourself from the mesmerizing beauty of nature! The treks are phenomenal and the scenery you discover while climbing the south and the north tower peaks of the island will take away all your tiredness and will push you to go for more.
Rangitoto Island - Auckland
Catlins Place - Auckland
Five…six…seven… the flat stone skips from circle to circle, dancing across an otherwise untouched surface. Rings spin outward like ladies’ dresses, swirling, then subsiding into silence. We had driven down – to the Catlins, a remote stretch of coast on New Zealand’s South Island – to skim stones and sleep in late. Peace is often found in the stillness of reflection.