Our Top Auckland Picks

 

If you decide to stay on for a few days there are lots of great things to do in Auckland. These are some of our favourites....

 

Auckland Bridge Climb

info@bungy.co.nz ~ 0800 GO BUNGY  0800 GO CLIMB  +64 9 360 7748
With unparalleled access to the Auckland Harbour Bridge, this is not just the most unique Auckland attraction; this is the only Bridge Climb in all of New Zealand. Put another way, you’ve simply gotta do it!  AJ Hackett Bungy provides the only walking access onto this Auckland landmark, complete with your very own tour guide to share with you the Bridge’s colourful secrets and amazing architectural features, as well as point out some of the best Auckland sights.  Lasting for 1 1/2 hours, this Auckland sightseeing tour will have you wondering whether to look at your feet or focus on the spectacular views. And of course it also gets you up close and personal with the Bungy Jumping action!

Auckland Bridge Bungy
info@bungy.co.nz ~ 0800 GO BUNGY  0800 GO CLIMB  +64 9 360 7748 
Forget shopping, forget lattes on the Viaduct – if you want an activity in Auckland that really showcases the true Kiwi spirit, then the Auckland Bridge Bungy (bungee) is not to be missed. Featuring stunning views of the Waitemata Harbour and an exclusive bridge walk out to our specially constructed Bungy pod, this experience will thrill and surprise you, especially if you opt for a water-touch and enjoy a nice ocean dip!  Of all the adventure activities in Auckland, only the Auckland Bridge Bungy Jump gives you the chance to, as one our adventurous customers put it; plunge boldly into the thick of life! 

Kelly Tarltons
info@kellytarltons.co.nz ~ 0800 80 50 50  +64 9 531 5065
Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium showcases over 30 live animal exhibits, from over 80 different species in spectacular habitat displays, including the world's largest Antarctic penguin colony exhibit and amazing underwater viewing tunnels.  See New Zealand's unique aquatic life up close, including New Zealand's largest collection of sharks, gigantic stingrays, and beautiful seahorses. The stunning new Seahorse Kingdom exhibit features the world's only display of Spiny Sea Dragons, and our other displays include New Zealand's only live jellyfish display, tropical fish, bizarre crustaceans and much, much more! 

Auckland Art Gallery (Toi o Tāmaki)
+64 9 379 1349
Welcome to Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, the home of the visual arts in New Zealand. Explore our collection of more than 15,000 artworks, find out about upcoming events, increase your knowledge in the Creative Learning Centre and much more...

Auckland Museum
info@aucklandmuseum.com ~ +64 9 309 0443
Auckland War Memorial Museum is New Zealand's first Museum.  The Museum tells the story of New Zealand, its place in the Pacific and its people. The Museum is a war memorial for the province of Auckland and holds one of New Zealand's top three heritage libraries.  It has pre-eminent Māori and Pacific collections, significant natural history resources and major social and military history collections, as well as decorative arts and pictorial collections.

SKY Tower
A truly captivating experience awaits visitors to Auckland's Sky Tower. At 328 metres, it is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and offers breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction. Travel up in the glass-fronted lifts to one of the three spectacular viewing platforms, or for more thrills and excitement, SkyWalk round the pergola at 192 metres up or SkyJump off the Tower! 

Experience Peter Gordon's chic and elegant restaurant - The Sugar Club, relax with a coffee or light refreshments at Sky Lounge or dine at Orbit - Auckland's only 360-degree revolving restaurant. Sky Tower is one of New Zealand's most exhilarating and spectacular tourist attractions, you will be amazed at what you can see and do under one roof!

SKY Jump
0800 SKYJUMP (759586)
The rush is unbeatable! Leap off the famous Auckland Sky Tower and fall 192 metres straight down. An unforgettable experience for true daredevils, base-jump by wire off the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand. 

SKY Walk
0800 SKYWALK (759925) 
Take in the spectacular views of Auckland while walking around the 1.2 metre wide platform a dizzying 192 metres up! A full body harness and overhead safety lines keep you safe as you walk the edge of Sky Tower's pergola.

Rangitoto
Ferry Timetable: http://www.fullers.co.nz/tickets-fares/timetables/rangitoto-island.php

Sitting majestically just off the Auckland coast, this 600 year old volcano boasts a unique landscape of rugged lava crops, lush native bush and sandy coves. Walk to the top for spectacular 360 degree views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf islands, or hop on board our Volcanic Explorer road train tour for a guided island experience. Rangitoto and Motutapu are both pest-free islands. They are sanctuaries for our native wildlife. Please help to ensure the islands stay pest free. Check your bags and shoes for seeds, dirt, any insects or skinks, mice and rats before travelling to these islands. 

The recommended walk to the summit takes about an hour at an easy pace. Lookouts along the way provide some stunning views as you climb, and you can do a detour to explore the lava caves. Other tracks that skirt the coastline are sign posted from the wharf (see map on right). These walks vary in length and difficulty, so plan your visit in advance and make sure you leave enough time to return to the ferry wharf.

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari
info@exploregroup.co.nz ~ +64 9 359 5987
Auckland's Whale & Dolphin Safari takes you out on the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park which is considered one the most biologically and geographically diverse marine parks in the world. Over 22 species of dolphins and whales have been seen in the Gulf, and we encounter marine mammals on well over 90% of our trips and whales on over 75% of our trips. Every safari is different and our experienced crew will find the most exciting activity in the Gulf on the day. The trip also includes extensive commentary on the most significant cultural and historical parts of this amazing maritime park. With over nine years of continued scientific programmes undertaken on board, our crew are some of New Zealand’s most experienced and knowledgeable.

Fine Wine Tours – Scenic West Coast and Country
www.insidertouring.co.nz ~ 0800 023 111 or +64 9 8456971
Full day and half day trips available. Fantastic wine, food and stunning west coast and rural scenery. Four Award-winning Wineries – at least 30 wines to sample! Plus fine cheese board, plus vineyard Restaurant Lunch with wine, tea/coffee. Plus stunning ‘black sand’ surf beach.

Tiritiri Matangi Island
Fullers Ferry ~ info@360discovery.co.nz ~ +64 9 307 8005
Surrender your senses to the beauty and magic of Tiritiri Matangi Island, situated in the Hauraki Gulf and only a 75 minute ferry trip from Auckland via Gulf Harbour. From the moment you step onto the island to the moment you leave, you will be entranced by the serenade of gentle bird song and the lush native bush. Tiritiri Matangi Island is one of the world’s most successful volunteer conservation projects. It has been re-vegetated with around 300,000 native trees and consequently 12 of New Zealand’s endangered birds and 3 reptile species have been successfully re-introduced as a result. Tiritiri Matangi, meaning “tossed by the wind”, is an Open Scientific Reserve managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) in partnership with the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi Inc. The “open sanctuary” status allows 150 ferry visitors daily from Wednesday to Sunday onto the island. Here they can witness first hand some of New Zealand’s rarest inhabitants in a natural and protected environment. Visitors can have the opportunity to stay on the island overnight by booking through the Department of Conservation (DOC). This experience is truly unique, observing New Zealand’s nocturnal wildlife emerging as the sun goes down, wildlife such as the Little Blue Penguin (the world’s smallest penguin), the Little Spotted Kiwi, and the Tuatara are just some of the highlights. 

Waiheke Island
A natural complement to the fine wines you will taste on Waiheke is a range of hand-made specialty foods and locally-grown produce.  A visit to a local olive oil mill is followed by two boutique vineyards, each offering a range of gourmet tastes to accompany their wines, such as succulent oysters straight from Te Matuku Bay, wild honey, vincotta, the famous local green herb spread and a small cheese board. The tour includes a two-hour lunch stop at a beachside café or, for a more memorable gourmet experience, lunch at one of our top vineyard restaurants. Lunch is an additional cost and it is advisable that we reserve a table for you at the time you confirm your booking.  Ferry tickets can be arranged please contact us for more details.