Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and it is filled with plenty of fun and exciting things to do. Auckland is located on the North Island and is uniquely situated near the sea, the countryside, and also has a cityscape. The varying landscapes within Auckland and its surrounds make for a great mix of holiday adventures. When visiting Auckland, you will really want to have your own vehicle to get around on your own schedule. Click on the link to find the best rates on Auckland Airport car hire services from Apex. We help you find the right car for your needs and our expert agents are also locals who can offer up plenty of tips for vacationing in Auckland.
Auckland is situated between the Tasman Sea and the Hauraki Gulf and there are four distinct beach regions within the city limits: the white sand beaches of Auckland’s east coast, the black sand beaches of Auckland’s west coast, Auckland’s island beaches, and the city beaches. With so many different types of beaches, you almost have to explore at least one of each. The beaches mean family fun and can range from watersports to beach sports, and maybe some time just relaxing and listening the the magnificent ocean waves.
Visit Rangitoto Island
Explore Rangitoto, the volcanic island that is just a 25 minute ferry ride from Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour. Fullers Rangitoto Volcanic Explorer Tour is great for the whole family. In addition to the ferry ride, you get a guided tour on an explorer vehicle. See the rugged lava crops and the native bush while learning about the history of the island. A portion of the tour is only accessible on foot, so the tour transfers to a walking tour to the summit. It is a short walk on a wooden boardwalk. At the summit, you will enjoy amazing panoramic views from the top. The ferry trip back takes you to the wharf on the western side of the island.
Sky Tower – SKYCITY Auckland
Visiting Auckland’s Sky Tower and SKYCITY is one of the most popular destinations in Auckland. It is great for families and kids of all ages. The Sky Tower rises up 328 metres above the city and offers up beautiful views of the city. You can see the landmarks, volcanoes, and historical locations within 80 km in each direction. The base of the Sky Tower is called SKYCITY and it is an entertainment complex with a casino, adrenaline activities, dining, and more.
Auckland Regional Parks
Auckland has 26 regional parks so you are sure to find at least one to suit your family’s taste. You can choose a beach park, a rainforest park, a park that features hiking trails, or one where you can enjoy a relaxing family picnic.
The Wynyard Quarter is a new development in Auckland that is an excellent gathering place for families, locals, and tourists. It features family friendly play spaces, markets, dining options, the Auckland Fish Market, and during summer time, an outdoor cinema. You can dine waterside overlooking the North Wharf.