Surrounded by magnificent forest-covered hills and dominated by a landscape that is spotted with more than 50 dormant volcanoes, the city of Auckland blends natural beauty with cultural attractions so beautifully. It is the largest urban area in the country and resides on the North Island. The most populous city and a hub for food, culture, and outdoor attractions, Auckland in New Zealand is ever-charming in so many ways. Known as the ‘Kiwi city of volcanoes’, this harborside city’s best attractions include monuments, swoon-worthy green parks, beaches, lakes, gardens, museums, and also many cultural extravaganzas. Have a look at these beautiful places to visit in Auckland in New Zealand that are splendid and breathtaking.
For the most enjoyable travel experience in Auckland in New Zealand, one must visit the ‘City of Sails’ from March to May and between September and November. During this time, the crowd is less, temperatures are nice and pleasant, and you get enough scope to soak in the real beauty of the city. The country’s main airport is here and most of the international flights always land here, So every visitor, some way or the other, will arrive here. And if you do so, make sure to plan for a few day’s stay and explore these spectacular places in Auckland that define the beauty of this sprawling land full of excitement.
Top-rated And Best Places To Visit In Auckland In New Zealand:
The Sky Tower of Auckland is the most prominent icon of the city’s skyline. Standing tall at 328 meters, this telecommunications and observation tower is also famous for being the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere. One of the most-visited tourist attractions of the city, the Sky Tower may offer you a spectacular view of the city and beyond that stretches for up to 80 kilometers on a sunshine day.
There is also a Sky Walk platform at a height of 192 meters on Level 53 that is for the thrill-seekers. If you are daring enough to walk on it, brace yourself as this wild platform has no handrail. Another daring activity to do here is to trying jumping off the SkyJump platform. There is also a cafe and a restaurant if you want to spend some time having good food while enjoying the stunning view. The tower, illuminated at night looks more than just spectacular.
One of the many dormant volcanic peaks surrounding the city, possibly the most famous, Mount Eden locates in the Mount Eden suburb of Auckland in New Zealand. Standing at a height of 196 meters above sea level, its summit is one of the best places to soak in a splendid view of Auckland harbors and the entire isthmus. Being the highest natural point of the city, the mountain attracts many tourists. Walk up to the summit and remember that the mountain is contained within a park called Mount Eden Domain. Recently, a boardwalk has also been built around the crater rim where you can stand, walk, and have a great view down the 50 meters deep crater which is known as Te Ipu Kai a Mataaho (the Food Bowl of Mataaho, the god of things hidden in the ground).
Great Barrier Island:
One of the most important reasons to get to this island which is just 90 km off the coast of Auckland in New Zealand is getting to experience a mesmerizing stargazing session at this island. It is one of the only four locations in the world that is having a Dark Sky Sanctuary status. Only a few places on the earth get rewarded with this status those are having “exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights”.
Off-grid and remote, the island is home to some of the most picturesque beaches and is a heaven to try different outdoor activities like surfing, diving, kayaking, fishing, trekking, and more. One of the most interesting facts to know about the island is that it got its name ‘Great Barrier Island’ from none other than Captain Cook. It is because the island acts as a barrier between the Hauraki Gulf and the Pacific Ocean.
Auckland Harbour Bridge:
This eight-lane motorway bridge is one of the major attractions in Auckland in New Zealand. Being the second-longest road bridge in New Zealand and the longest one in the North Island, the bridge connects downtown Auckland to the northern districts and farther north. Among the must-do activities, the Auckland Harbour bungee jump is a must. If jumping off the bridge seems to be too overwhelming for you, just get up to the bridge, climb to the top of the bridge, and soak in the incredible views. The bridge standing in the harbor since 1959 is obviously among the most iconic landmarks of the city.
Auckland Botanic Gardens:
These 158 acres of botanic gardens in Auckland in New Zealand are a place to explore a wide variety of plants and flowers. With more than 10,000 varieties of exquisite plants, this place is full of edible gardens, fruits, vegetables, flowers, and nuts. Feast your eyes on some of the rare plant species of New Zealand and also visit the Threatened Native Plant Garden to see some endangered species too. Lake, beautiful palm trees and whimsical streams adorn the gardens. The gardens are all fragrant with the smells of roses and different spring blooms. Also, find your way to the herb garden and admire the beauty of the African Plants Garden too. This is surely one of the most blissful places to visit during your trip to Auckland.
Auckland War Memorial Museum:
Housed in a magnificent Neoclassical building of 1929 and located on the highest point of Auckland Domain, the War Memorial Museum of Auckland efficiently glorifies the culture and life of the indigenous people of New Zealand. Many tours, exhibitions, and programs are organized to let people know and teach about the heritage of the early people of the land. Though it was originally built as a memorial hall in remembrance of the soldiers who gave their lives in World War I, today it operates as a rich museum with a heritage history collection. Visit the Maori Galleries, a 25-meter-long-canoe, giant extinct moa birds, and also the war memorials.
Auckland Art Gallery:
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki which is situated in the CBD of Auckland in New Zealand is the main and first-built art gallery in the city and houses the best collection of national and international art in New Zealand. Considered as one of the most iconic buildings in Auckland that has also won main awards, the exhibition spaces are arranged across its four floors. Knowledgable tour guides are there who will take you through its huge collection of almost 17,000 artworks that include many historic, modern, and contemporary art of the nation. Besides, the museum also houses Maori art, European masterpieces, art pieces done by Pacific artists, and more. There is also a design store and also a terrace cafe for the visitors to explore.