The largest city in New Zealand and one of the country’s most popular destinations among holidaymakers from abroad, Auckland offers many amazing sights and places of interest to visit on a short break. Located on the North Island with a population of just over 1.5 million people, it’s a laid-back city with a distinctly different feel to it than other cities in the country, like Queenstown which is renowned the world over as New Zealand’s adventure capital.
If you’re going to take a short break to this bustling New Zealand city, arrange a car rental in Auckland, either from the airport or in the city, before you explore the surrounding area. While the public transportation system is good here, hiring a car gives you the freedom to explore its sights.
See the Sights of the City
There are a number of places of interest that you don’t want to leave Auckland without witnessing first-hand for yourself. These include the following:
- Auckland Sky Tower – The most prominent landmark in the city, Auckland Sky Tower boasts a 192-meter-high Sky Walk platform situated around the tower's pergola. On a clear day, you’ll get a view stretching as far as 80 kilometres.
- Waitemata Harbour – One of the most beautiful harbours found anywhere in the world, Waitemata Harbour is incredibly picturesque, with the late afternoon and early evening the most spectacular times to witness its immense beauty.
- One Tree Hill – For many Aucklanders, it’s One Tree Hill that best symbolises their fair city. This 182-meter-high hill is located in the wonderfully lush Cornwall Park which is a must-see. You’ll get fantastic views of the city from its summit.
Auckland offers holidaymakers many wonderful places of interest to explore during their time here. In addition to the three discussed above, there’s also the strikingly imposing War Memorial Museum, the Auckland Art Gallery and Viaduct Harbour, which is a great place for a leisurely lunch and a few afternoon drinks.
In summer, few places are as popular as gorgeous Waiheke Island, a tropical paradise located a short distance from Auckland. There are many trails to hike around the island, including the Church Bay Circuit with its spectacular views, a bustling little art scene and plenty of restaurants. You can catch a ferry here from Auckland (Princes Wharf) and the pleasant journey takes about 45 minutes.
East Coast Beaches
The beaches a short drive from Auckland are excellent, so once you’ve arranged a car rental in Auckland and have got your bearings, you may like to check out:
Takapuna Beach – With its sandy shores and proximity to the city, it’s understandably very popular.
Milford Beach and Cheltenham Beach – A little further out, though still very beautiful, these beaches are usually less crowded.
Maraetai Beach – With its calm waters, it’s an outstanding swimming spot for the kids.
Auckland has plenty to offer holidaymakers of all ages and all interests. Be sure to check out these top spots on your next exciting holiday to Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island.