Welcome to Auckland
The biggest city in New Zealand is often overlooked by travellers. It’s treated as a place to sleep out the jetlag and plan out the upcoming New Zealand trip, but people rarely stay for longer than a night, maybe two. It’s a shame, because there is definitely no shortage of things to do in Auckland.
Auckland has a lot of wine
Waiheke Island is an island in the Hauraki Gulf that is dedicated to wine. The island is located about 30 minutes by ferry from Auckland city and hosts over 20 Waiheke wineries that want to be discovered and stunning white sandy beaches.
But also the areas of Kumeu (West Auckland) and Matakana (North Auckland) both have a big wine region that won’t fail to please.
Auckland has many great beaches
This might not be such a well known fact, but there are many great Auckland beaches! The closest to the city and best known is Mission Bay Auckland, followed by Takapuna Beach. Both beaches have an abundance of restaurants and bars only a few meters away from the beach.
A lot wilder are the black sand beaches in the Waitakere Ranges. The beaches are long, perfect for a walk, and the roaring waves are great for surfing.