Auckland is New Zealand’s gateway and economic hub and the university venue occupies a prominent position in the heart of the city. With a population of 1.5 million it is easy to get around and its global reputation as the “City of Sails” means you’re never far from a summer’s day at the beach. Enjoy a ferry ride from downtown to one of the many islands in the Hauraki Gulf, offering bushwalking, rural escapes, arts, sun, sand, and even wineries. Auckland’s cosmopolitan urban culture has exploded in the past decade, with redevelopment of the Wynyard Quarter, Viaduct Harbour and Britomart precincts that offer harbourfront dining and nightlife. Experience New Zealand’s cultural history at the nearby Auckland Museum and during the pōwhiri. Head to the fringes of the city to Piha, Karekare, Muriwai and Bethells beaches – some of the best in all of New Zealand.
The following are a few suggested attractions & activities:
Attractions and Cultural Experience
Auckland Museum – Auckland Museum is the cultural and spiritual touchstone for the many cultures that inhabit this beautiful land, and the first stop for anyone wishing to gain an insight into New Zealand and its peoples.
Manaia – Experience Maori culture at the Auckland Museum with a welcome dance, poi dance, stick game, weaponry display and a haka.
Auckland Explorer Bus – The Auckland Explorer Bus is a hop on, hop off sightseeing tour with full commentary, visiting Auckland’s big 14 attractions.
Tours and Nature
360 Discovery – Explore the Hauraki Gulf and its history, the Tiritiri Matangi island sanctuary, and Motuihe Island.
Ananda Tours – Discover Waiheke Island (Waiheke means “cascading waters” in Maori) and its award winning wines along the wine trail, olive oils, arts & crafts, scenic and eco tours.
Auckland Wine Tasting Tours – Auckland Wine Tasting Tours offers a personalised experience encompassing the scenic North/West Auckland and/or Matakana regions. Enjoy a full day winery tour with lunch from $135 per person and a half day tour from $90 per person.
Harley Tours New Zealand – Harley Tours operates both Harley Davidson Pillion Passenger Tours and Harley Davidson Self-Ride Guided Tours. From majestic coastlines through to magnificent mountains, it would be no exaggeration to say that these are some of the finest motorcycling roads in the world.
Goat Island Marine Reserve – Renowned for its amazing marine life, New Zealand’s first marine reserve, also known as Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve, is a great place to spend a day in the outdoors with friends and family. At Goat Island you will discover an abundance of New Zealand marine life and enjoy the experience of being surrounded by schools of playful fish and beautiful coral.
Auckland has many great restaurants. For a comprehensive website which includes diner’s reviews try Zomato (set location to Auckland CBD for nearest results)
Activities and Adrenalin Rush
Sky Walk – Dare yourself to walk the circumference of the Sky Tower, 192 metres above ground, with no rails or balcony, just a safety harness on a ledge 1.2 metres wide.
Sky Jump – Throw yourself off the top of the Sky Tower and plunge 192 metres in a controlled fall while wearing a safety harness. www.skyjump.co.nz
Time to see more of New Zealand?
Take a look at the website here. It’s a wonderfully interactive site entirely designed to assist our international visitors in planning their holidays here. They even have a special link to ‘Middle Earth’.
The above information is provided as a point of interest only. The organising committee takes no responsibility for the services provided by any of the groups mentioned above, nor does it receive any incentives from businesses listed on this page.