Like many other travelers, we planned to stay only one day in the „City of Sails“ to get over our jet lag and get organized for our campervan trip. We didn’t really expect much because we are both no big city people. However, Auckland surprised us. It doesn’t feel that large and crowded although one-third of New Zealand’s population lives here. The vibrant and multicultural hub of food, music, art, and wine is a great start to reach New Zealand’s wilder attractions.
We started our day in Downtown also know as Auckland CBD (Central Business District ) with some caffeine and a yummy muffin at Remedy Coffee. Auckland is one of the very few cities where there are more local cafes and coffee shops than big coffee chains. So there is plenty to choose from.
Up the hill on Victoria street, we visited the iconic 328 meters Sky Tower where you can enjoy a beautiful view and even walk over a glass floor. They say that on a clear day you can see approximately 82 kilometers. Well, we didn’t see that far but the view of the Hauraki Gulf was still breathtaking. We then headed down to the Queens Wharf and Princes Wharf and strolled around the Viaduct Harbour, the dynamic heart of Auckland where we had lunch at The Viaduct Grill. This area is packed with bars and restaurants and offers views of the iconic skyline. Auckland is famous for offering some of the best sailing conditions in New Zealand so it is not surprising to find so many beautiful yachts in the harbor.
Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park with 75 hectares is a great place to walk off your lunch.
No matter what you are into, Auckland definitely offers something for everybody and you should plan enough time. It is a fantastic city and 24 hours was really not enough for us. So we really hope to come back one day.
WHERE TO STAY
Auckland offers plenty of diversity when it comes to accommodation *. From the luxury hotels of Downtown Auckland to low budget city hostels and motels.
The red City Circuit Bus runs on a regular basis in the heart of Auckland and takes you through the vibrant city center.
BEST TRAVEL TIME
The best times to visit Auckland are from March to May and from September to November. We visited in October and had some overcast and rainy days but also days with pleasant temperatures and sunshine. The best about traveling during this period are the thin tourist crowds.
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