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 pity because there is definitely no shortage of things to do in Auckland.

Some of the best shopping in New Zealand can be done in Auckland. Just wander up and down Queen Street for your retail therapy fix. For more bespoke boutiques, head to Ponsonby Road and if you prefer op-shops, your best bet will be K’Road (Karangahape Road).

The nights are long in Auckland and the list of restaurants, bars and night clubs almost endless. The more established watering holes can be found on Ponsonby, K’Road and Vulcan Lane as well as the Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter. New establishments keep opening their doors in Britomart (behind the Auckland train station).

 
Restaurants and bars in the wynyard quarter

Restaurants and bars in the wynyard quarter

 

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.

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.

Things to do in Auckland

What to do on a rainy day: Auckland Indoor Activities

 

Find more things to do in Auckland here:

Auckland City

Auckland Harbour Cruise: What to expect

 

Auckland Islands

The Best Waiheke Island Day Trip

Tiritiri Matangi Island: A paradise for birds

Why you shouldn’t ride a bike on Waiheke Island

Rangitoto Island - Walk on Auckland’s youngest volcano

Auckland Area

Surf a sand dune at Lake Wainamu

Walk and feast in Clevedon

Woodhill Mountain Bike Park