Our trip to New Zealand was just under two weeks long and covered both the North and South islands. We started by landing in Auckland in the middle of the night. And we didn't have to take an expensive cab to our hotel. Because New Zealand has this wonderful, super-reliable, bang-on- time service called SuperShuttle, which specializes in airport pick-ups and drops, and is available in every major city. You could book your shuttle online on their website (Supershuttle.co.nz) or find one right outside the airport arrivals.
While you soak in the beauty of the rolling greens of Auckland and the sunny beaches, stay assured that the Kiwis give no worries to a dreamy solo traveller. The awe inspiring volcanic cones, Hauraki Gulf Islands, the beautiful wineries and amazing food tours, it's simply a paradise for solo explorers.
Head to Auckland for Two DaysAmidst colossal high-rises and marvels of modern architecture, Auckland offers glimpses of wildlife sanctuaries, vineyards, hot springs and lush green forests. Auckland is one of the happiest cities in the world with a consistently fantastic quality of life.
You will be met on arrival to collect your rental car and check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to discover the many attractions of Auckland. Sights that we suggest include a visit to one of Auckland’s inner city beaches, Mission Bay, with its fantastical Pohutakawa trees. The trip will also take in sights such as Mount Eden, a stunning viewpoint and one of Auckland’s most famous volcanic craters and a visit to the famous Auckland Harbour Bridge. In the afternoon, take a trip to the top of the Auckland Sky Tower and view the City of Sails from 300 metres above. Enjoy dinner tonight in one of Auckland’s many waterfront restaurants as you watch the world sailing by. Overnight Auckland.
By now, however, flu and general exhaustion were catching up. I made my way in Auckland after a few days in Rotorua. I have no great impression of Auckland other than it’s a nice enough place. The Central Business District reminds me a bit of Soho in NYC in some places, but it’s still a small place
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!!
My hotel, the Westin on Lighter Quay, was beautiful and had great panoramic views of the city. It was a picture-perfect Sunday afternoon in Auckland, mid-70’s and not a cloud in the sky, and it seemed like the whole city was out on the harbor front enjoying the day. I spent the afternoon walking around the city enjoying the weather and then had a terrific dinner of New Zealand green-lipped mussels on the waterfront (not exactly a burger, but when in Rome). I was so happy to be back in the land of my favorite wines…New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs! It had been weeks since I’d had a good glass of wine so, of course, that was top priority.
Paihia Town Beach: Conveniently close to restaurants and shops, this beach is excellent for sunbathing and swimming. The crowd is always of a mixed age in the bay, but this beach attracts the younger lot more.