Auckland, being built on hundreds of extinct volcanos, has resulted in a landscape that features some great walks, explorations, and adventures that are well worth your time. Whether it be climbing Rangitoto, exploring historic Devonport, or enjoying a wine on Waiheke, here are some of the most iconic location that has taken thousands of years to form for your enjoyment:
For a more adventurous island escape, check out Rangitoto. Emerging from the sea 600 years ago, Rangitoto Island is one of Auckland’s many volcanoes – and one of the last that is considered “active”. An iconic Auckland landmark, it’s a popular day trip for those keen on hiking, boating and all things nature. The summit track will take you through the world’s largest pohutukawa forest and the views from the pinnacle will take your breath away. The walk up is only an hour long, but make sure you set aside some time to crawl through the lava caves and tunnels you’ll pass on the way up, and take a walk around some of the old abandoned batches that still sparsely litter the shore.
We can’t do a list like this without mentioning our neighboring summit Mt. Eden. The perfect place to catch a sunrise or sunset, this is a paradise for romancers and adventurers. Once you’re at the top, the views of Auckland and the ocean are pretty spectacular. The last eruption left a crater 50 meters deep which widens as you wind your way to the summit. Walk all around the top to make sure you see Auckland from every angle then check out Eden Gardens, a 5.5 acre award-winning garden on the slopes of the mountain. Be sure to reward yourself with the many food and beverage offerings in Eden Village too.
Arguably one of Auckland’s prettiest and most vintage villages that is historical Devonport. Accessible by ferry or by car (the ferry is a great time, heads up), Devonport is situated on a picturesque peninsula and boasts some of the most beautiful bays in Auckland. stroll through the town browsing their tempting selection of cafes and boutiques that includes second-hand books and clothes for all you hipster types as well as some of the most gorgeous and award-winning restaurants by the water. Climb up Mount Victoria for incredible views of Auckland city and its harbor, then tackle North Head for awe-inspiring vistas of Rangitoto and the Hauraki Gulf.
Known as the island of wine, and just a small ferry ride from the city is Waiheke Island which is home to a plethora of interesting art galleries and eateries – but the real attractions are Waiheke’s beautiful beaches and stunning vineyards. Join a guided tour for tastings of some of New Zealand’s best wines or take things at your own pace and break up all that booze with a stroll along Oneroa or Onetangi beach. Whether you’re there for a day trip or a weekend, it’s nearly impossible not to fall in love with Waiheke.