Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest city and home to around 1.3 million people. Auckland is surrounded by beautiful scenery, beaches and nature walks and is home to great shopping, fine restaurants, cafes and bars and an exciting nightlife. Here are 5 top places in Auckland that we highly recommend visiting, all easily accessible by rental car.
Auckland Sky Tower
The Auckland Sky Tower stands at 328 metres high and offers spectacular 360-degree views of Auckland city from three observatory levels. Enjoy a coffee in the Sky Lounge, or dine at The Observatory or Orbit restaurants. For the more adventurous, there is bungy jumping and an outside perimeter walk to try.
Get up close and personal with over 730 native and exotic animals at Auckland Zoo. Experience New Zealand’s coastal habitat and the African plains, see some of Australia’s indigenous animals, dive into the underwater world at the aquarium and wander through the rainforest. Open 7 days.
Rainbow’s End is New Zealand’s largest theme park and offers a great selection of rides and attractions to entertain all ages. Ride the pirate ship, bumper boats, corkscrew coaster, enchanted forest log flume, motion master and much more!
Parakai Springs is one of New Zealand’s natural geothermal wonders and is just 40 minutes drive northwest of Auckland city. There are both indoor and outdoor pools for you to enjoy as well as hydro slides and a great family picnic/BBQ area. Open 10am-9pm daily.
Waiheke Island is a scenic 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland CBD and offers a spectacular landscape of farmland, beaches, forests and vineyards. With a range of accommodation, fine dining and award-winning wine, relax and enjoy the Waiheke Island at your leisure.
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New Zealand Rent A Car has a variety of reliable Auckland rental cars to get you around, wherever your visit to Auckland takes you.