The big grey
Auckland’s 328 metre high Sky Tower
A peculiarity of Auckland city is that it’s so often overcast, not particularly cold, just that the sky is dull and given to drizzle and light rain. Actually in wintertime the beaches and outdoor recreation areas are far less crowded so don’t be put off getting out for some fresh air.
The city itself is all about cars, shopping and eating. It’s about cars because you need a car to get anywhere and to know where you’re going, you need a good navigator or a GPS unit. Over the past 20 years, the city has evolved miles of confusing motorways and it’s very easy to go in the wrong direction,
Continue reading Auckland in Winter
Auckland’s disconnected paradise
Waiheke Island is a tranquil getaway from the hectic pace of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. There are ferries to and from the island leave about every half hour which makes it very accessible. Most of the island is farmland and besides the café’s in the township of Oneroa, the main attraction is the ocean and the beaches.
If you are going there for a day trip, take your drinking water, food and sunscreen along with your beach gear. While it is possible to charter your own boat, plane or helicopter most take the ferry from downtown Auckland or Devonport.
When you get off the ferry, you can hire a pushbike. There
Continue reading Waiheke Island
You will find over 250km of short walking tracks and lengthy tramping trails, with the area covering more than 16,000 hectares of native forest and coastline and a rich variety of native trees and other plants.
These ranges within the Auckland city zone were formed by a chain of volcanoes which had their active life over 20 million years ago. These ranges have since been eroded to sheer cliffs and deep valleys.
The Arataki Visitor Centre Provides a great 360° view, and is the ideal place to to find help to plan your walks and learn about the environment, heritage, and what to see and do in the Waitakere Ranges. The centre is full of interesting displays, video presentations, interactive
Continue reading Waitakere Ranges
The adult visitor to Auckland will find the nightlife has much to offer. A city with over 1 million people, Auckland has a wide range of clubs bars venues and parlours to frequent as well as a pumping dancing scene where you can meet new people.
The variety ranges from classic pub environments to massage parlours and brothels which are all completely legal. Hence sex tourism plays a significant role in this country.
Some of the favourite pubs around Auckland’s CBD are; the Empire Tavern, Lee Field, the Loaded Hog, the Waterfront, Provider and the Playhouse.
Several of these are located in the viaduct Basin and are great places to pick up new friends. The Carlton Tavern in
Continue reading Adult Auckland
Take the ferry
Smog shrouded Auckland city
Devonport is a charming hideaway and historical maritime village nestled on Auckland’s North Shore. It makes for an ideal getaway from the bustling city traffic and with water on three sides, unique heritage buildings and spectacular views, you may wish you could linger longer.
With its Victorian villas, a picture postcard waterfront, Devonport is one of the most delightful places to walk around and you don’t need to spend any money here, simply take the 1/2 day stroll around the village. The walking trail takes you along the waterfront and past the yacht club, up onto North Head for great vies of Auckland city, Rangitoto island and the Hauraki Gulf.
Continue reading Devonport
Swim summer and autumn
With water on all sides, Auckland has a great many beaches, some safe for toddlers and others for strong swimmers and surfers. As well there are many boating opportunities, you can hire kayaks and other boats. Be water safe and swim between the flags as you don’t want to be another drowning statistic.
Easily accessible from Auckland city, Takapuna beach is adjacent to a busy shopping and residential area. Great to take a break from shopping and combining the beach with shopping at the Sunday market works well.
Cheltenham Beach The perfect place for a picnic and summer swim. Cheltenham Beach is just a 15 min stroll from the Devonport ferry terminal and
Continue reading Auckland Beaches
New Zealand’s Largest City
Skytower – Auckland’s central landmark
Both a region and city known as the city of sails – Auckland is a water-lover’s paradise with the largest boat ownership per capita in the world. Almost encircled by the waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, Auckland is built along a narrow (11 kms wide) volcano strewn isthmus, situated between the Waitemata and Manukau Harbours.
Auckland was home to the America’s Cup and the city waterfront underwent a stunning renaissance from run down wharves and warehouses to chic café-style eateries, bars and restaurants with views of the Harbour and its passing panoply of white sails and launches.
Being New Zealand’s largest city (pop. 1.5 million), Auckland
Continue reading Auckland