6 Things To Do In Auckland New Zealand

by Mark Perkins

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I wanted to write another blog post about my beloved home town Auckland New Zealand. So what better way than list 6 things to do in Auckland?

Visit the Auckland Sky Tower;

 

The Sky Tower and Casino were built between 1994 and 1997 and the tower is the tallest building in the southern hemisphere at 328m (1076 ft), 8m taller than the Eifel Tower in Paris. Its prime usage is for communication and a centre piece/land mark to the Auckland Casino. There are two restaurants in the tower, and two viewing decks. One of the things to do in Auckland is to do a controlled descent down the outside or walk outside, around the outer rings of the viewing deck with nothing but a rope to hang onto. These are very popular and any day in Auckland you can see people decending down the tower.

Explore Kelly Taltons Underwater World;

Definitely one of the things to do in Auckland

The brain child of Kelly Talton, a New Zealand treasure hunter. Kelly’s dream was to bring the magnificence of the underwater sea life to the average man and took on a large project to set up an aquarium in the old, disused waste tanks of Auckland City. As you go through the entrance you become immersed in the Antarctic with a replica of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Antarctic hut and other Antarctic information and memorabilia. This is followed with a ride in an Haglund type snow vehicle as you pass through a live penguin colony. You then progress your way through the aquarium on a travelator whilst the sharks, stingray and other exotic species of fish swim overhead. Unfortunately Kelly died in 1985 a few months before his dream was opened. There is also an active penguin breeding program here.

Take in the Auckland War Memorial Museum;

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The Auckland War Memorial Museum sits on a hill overlooking the sparkling waters of the Waitemata (Auckland) harbour. The museum consists of three levels, the first, Maori and Polynesian history, the second natural history and the third is dedicated to New Zealand’s war history. One interesting features of the exterior is the various names that are engraved above the windows; these represent all the battle arenas that New Zealand has played a role in. The most significant being Gallipoli.

Go to the top of Mount Eden;

Yet another thing to do in Auckland

Mt Eden or (Maungawhau) was named after George Eden, the Earl Auckland at the time and hence the name Auckland. The link is that Governor Hobson, who moved the Capital in 1840 to Auckland, served under George Eden the Earl Auckland in India.

But I digress; Mt Eden is 196m (643 ft) high and gives a fantastic panoramic view of Auckland. The large volcanic crater at the top has been the focus of many a student prank. Mt Eden offers a great photo opportunity but be warned it can be cold and windy at the top so dress appropriately.

Visit the quaint suburb of Devonport;

Auckland is known as the ‘City of Sails’ and offers any amount of water borne activities including coffee cruises, some of which will also give you a return ticket to Devonport. There is also a regular ferry service from downtown. Devonport is a small shopping village with a number of cafes and interesting shops located right on the harbour. It has a large green where folk often have picnics and generally relax, an absolutely lovely place especially on a sunny day.

Sail in an Americas Cup yacht;

An awesome thing to do in Auckland

New Zealand really rose to fame in the yachting world, when Team New Zealand won the Americas Cup in 1995 being the first nation, outside of America to successfully defend it in 2000. We then lost it to that great sailing nation the Swiss?? Their sea is where??, in 2004.

These years saw a dramatic increase in apartments, restaurants and bars in the Viaduct basin downtown Auckland. A legacy of these times is a couple of Americas Cup Yachts that you can take for a sail on the Auckland Harbour either as a passenger or get involved by working on the grinders and helping to physically sail the vessel. A great activity, but as always, be sure to wear plenty of sun block.

Thats just six great things to do in Auckland especially when you are on a campervan holiday in New Zealand and looking for places to visit in New Zealand.

Have fun and remember I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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