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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Auckland Region > Auckland > Sights & activities

Auckland

Sights & activities

Activities

Auckland Harbour Bridge Bungy

AJ Hackett has set up a bungee platform on the Auckland Harbour Bridge, 40m (131ft) above the harbour. Jumpers are fitted with a full body harness and then walk 10 minutes up the base of the bridge before leaping from the jump pod.

Westhaven Reserve, Curran Street, Herne Bay
Tel (09) 361 2000 or 0800 GO BUNGY
Website www.bungy.co.nz
Cost $100 with free t-shirt
Open summer 8.30am-7pm daily; winter 9am-5pm daily

Auckland Harbour Bridge Climb

The Auckland Bridge Climb is a 1½ hour activity that takes you up the arched walkway to the highest point on the Auckland Harbour Bridge, while learning a lot about the bridge, going to places that are off-limits to the public and taking in lovely views of the harbour.

Curran Street, Westhaven Reserve, Herne Bay
Tel (09) 361 2000 or 0800 GO CLIMB
Website www.aucklandbridgeclimb.co.nz
Cost $80-100
Open 9am-5.30pm daily

Sailing

Auckland is known as the City of Sails and it boasts the world’s highest proportion of boat owners. There are several companies that offer a day out sailing on the harbour including Sail NZ, which gives you the opportunity to sail on an America’s Cup yacht.

Quay Street, Auckland
Tel (09) 359 5987 or 0800 SAIL NZ
Website www.sailnewzealand.co.nz
Two hours sailing $140

Skydiving

Skydive Auckland (Tel 0800 92 16 500) offers tandem skydiving from West Auckland Airport Parakai, 40 minutes north of the city centre. You have the option of jumping from 2743m (9000 ft) with 20 seconds freefall for $295, 3962m (13,000 feet) for a 45-second freefall ($325) or 5029m (16,500 ft) - the highest skydive in the North Island with a 70 second freefall ($395).

SkyJump

Think you’ve done everything crazy? For those who have already tried bungee jumping and skydiving, this is a whole new way of jumping off tall things. This adventure activity involves jumping from the top of the Sky Tower fitted with a harness that is attached to a fan descender, as used for movie stunts. The 192m (630ft) jump takes 20 seconds as you drop at a rate of 75km/h.

Sky Tower, Corner Victoria & Federal Streets, Auckland
Tel 0800 SKYJUMP (0800 759586)
Website www.skyjump.co.nz
Cost $195 ($175 students); combined admission SkyJump & SkyWalk $240

SkyWalk

There is a 1.2m-wide external walkway at the top of the Sky Tower and the SkyWalk experience lets you walk the entire 360 degrees around the tower with no handrails, just a safety harness. It is a great experience with fantastic views from this unique position 192m above the ground.

Sky Tower, Corner Victoria & Federal Streets, Auckland
Tel (09) 368 1835 or 0800 759 586
Website www.skywalk.co.nz
Cost $115 ($95 students); combined admission SkyJump & SkyWalk $240

Ultra Light Glider Flights

Aqua Air operates tandem flights on an ultra light glider. The glider is launched by boat or 4WD and it flies over the harbour at around 1000ft.

Tel 025 288 0193
Website www.gethigh.co.nz
Cost $200-220

Sightseeing, museums & tourist attractions

Auckland Art Gallery

The Auckland Art Gallery features an excellent programme of New Zealand and international exhibits that supplement the country’s most extensive art collection.

Corner Kitchener & Wellesley Streets, Auckland
Bus Link
Tel (09) 379 1349
Website www.aucklandartgallery.govt.nz
Admission free; charge for temporary exhibits
Open 10am-5pm daily

Auckland War Memorial Museum

This excellent museum is a good introduction to Auckland’s history and its Maori Culture. Exhibits include a Maori meeting house and war canoe.

Auckland Domain, Auckland
Bus Link, 63-, 64-, 65-
Tel (09) 306 7067
Website www.akmuseum.org.nz
Admission $5
Open 10am-5pm daily

Auckland Zoo

Although it’s not a huge attraction for international visitors, Auckland’s zoo is quite good considering the city’s relatively small population. The zoo has all the major African animals, but the main attraction is native animals such as the kiwi and tuatara.

Motions Road, Western Springs
Bus 043-045
Tel (09) 360 3819
Website www.aucklandzoo.co.nz
Admission $18 ($14 students)
Open Jan-May 9.30am-5.30pm daily; Jun-Aug 9.30am-5pm daily; Sep-Dec 9.30am-5.30pm daily

Devonport

This seaside suburb is a popular excursion. Victoria Road, near the ferry terminus, has some good pubs and fish and chip shops while the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park at North Head is a great place to explore with its maze of underground tunnels. There is also a Navy Museum full of nautical exhibits.

Ferry Devonport

Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World

Kelly Tarlton’s is an excellent attraction despite all the glossy brochures that make it sound like a tourist trap worth avoiding. You can view an assortment of marine life from a clear underwater tube and there is now also a very good Antarctic Encounter attraction with King and Gentoo penguins.

23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei
Bus 740-769
Tel (09) 528 0603
Website www.kellytarltons.co.nz
Admission $29.50 ($22 students); reduced prices for online booking
Open 9am-6pm daily (last entry 5pm)

Lionzone

The Lion Brewery is New Zealand’s largest brewery – it’s where Steinlager and Lion Red are produced. Brewery tours include a virtual tour of the brewing process. At the end of the tour you have the opportunity to pour a pint of Steinlager and Lion Red in the Brewfloor Bar.

380 Khyber Pass Road, Newmarket
Bus Link
Tel (09) 358 8366, bookings recommended
Website www.lionzone.co.nz
Admission $18 ($15 students)
Tours Tue 12.15pm, 3pm, Wed-Sat 9.30am, 12.15pm, 3pm

Mount Eden & One Tree Hill

These two extinct volcanoes provide great views of Auckland, but are easiest reached by car.

Bus 274, 275 to Mount Eden; 30, 31 to One Tree Hill

Museum of Transport & Technology (MOTAT)

This is a fascinating place if you’re in to old cars, planes, trains and steam engines. Exhibits include a Beam Engine and a recreated shopping street from the 1920s.

Great North Road, Western Springs
Bus 045
Tel (09) 846 7020
Website www.motat.org.nz
Admission $14
Open 10am-5pm daily (last entry 4.30pm)

National Maritime Museum

This excellent museum features exhibits on New Zealand’s maritime endeavours from Maori canoes right up to the recent America’s Cup yacht race. Exhibits include a replica of the America’s Cup trophy.

Corner Lower Hobson & Quay Streets, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
Tel (09) 373 0800
Website www.nzmaritime.org
Admission $16 ($9 students)
Open Jan-Apr 9am-6pm daily; May-Sep 9am-5pm daily; Oct-Dec 9am-6pm daily

Rainbow’s End

New Zealand’s largest amusement park with a corkscrew roller coaster, log flume and pirate ship rides. Fearfall is the newest major ride, which has you plummet 18 storeys to the ground at 80km/h.

Corner Great South & Wiri Station Roads, Manakau City
Tel (09) 262 2030 or 0800 438 672
Website www.rainbowsend.co.nz
Admission $40 unlimited ride pass
Open 10am-5pm daily

Sky Tower

At 328m, Sky Tower is New Zealand’s tallest building. The tower offers a great vantage point with excellent views of the city centre and surrounding area. The observation deck features glass floors where you can stand with the city at your feet. If you’re game, you can try SkyJump and SkyWalk – two adventure activities that operate from the tower.

Corner Victoria & Federal Streets, Auckland
Bus City Circuit, Link
Tel (09) 912 6400
Website www.skytower.co.nz
Admission $25 ($15 BBH, HI/YHA, VIP, students); Sky Deck extra $3
Open Mon-Thu 8.30am-10.30pm, Fri-Sat 8.30am-11.30pm, Sun 8.30am-10.30pm

Victoria Park Market

Although it isn’t a huge attraction, this pleasant market is a good cheap place to poke around. You’ll probably pass this market if you’re walking between Ponsonby and the city centre.

210 Victoria Street West, Auckland
Bus Link
Tel (09) 309 6911
Website www.victoria-park-market.co.nz
Admission free
Open 9am-6pm daily

 


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