Planning a trip around Auckland in your car rental from NZ Rent A Car? To help you make the most of your time in NZ’s most exciting city, here’s a list of some of the best, most unmissable things to do in Auckland:
No trip to Auckland can be considered even close to complete without visiting the Skytower. At over 320 metres tall, this is the highest building in the Southern Hemisphere and a true triumph of architecture. You can travel up the side of the building in a glass-fronted roof, and experience one of the most amazing views in New Zealand from one of three viewing platforms. For the ultimate adrenaline junkie experience, you can even take the so-called SkyJump and free fall from the top of the tower.
Auckland is the shopping capital of New Zealand. Home to all manner of outlets, boutiques, and other stores, no matter what you are interested in buying, you will be able to find it for sale in Auckland. If you’re after the widest range of products under one roof, then take a look at one of Auckland’s shopping malls (most notably Sylvia Park, the largest shopping mall in NZ). If you want a more authentic shopping experience, then one of the many Auckland markets – such as the world-famous Otara Market – will be sure to delight. In Auckland CBD you will also find a number of boutique retailers, high-end shops, and storefronts for famous fashion designers.
New Zealand isn’t exactly famed for its theme parks and adventure rides. However, Rainbows End still provides a fun-filled day out for the whole family, with a range of rides diverse enough to please everyone. From jaw-dropping drops to gentler rides, there’s bound to be something for you to enjoy at Rainbows End. You can save quite a bit of money off admission prices by booking online, so ensure you check out the Rainbows End website before visiting.
This island oasis of golden beaches, olive groves, and vineyards is just a short ferry ride away from downtown Auckland. Enjoy great arts and crafts galleries, or take in the ambiance at one of many top cafes and restaurants as you look out over the Hauraki Gulf and back towards downtown Auckland. And for some interesting trivia? Waiheke Island is also the most densely populated island in New Zealand, with over 8,000 permanent residents.
The Viaduct is the embodiment of the effortless urban cool and charm that typifies Auckland. Home to eclectic eateries, trendy cafes, and some of the best nightlife in the world, the Viaduct is truly a fantastic place to visit. From the Viaduct you’ll be able to catch a ferry to historic Devonport, or explore the rest of the Auckland CBD on foot.