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Auckland is a North Island city with two harbourfronts and spaces that invite you to enjoy the outdoors. Bike ride among 75 hectares of plant beds, a museum, and volcanic amphitheatre when you visit Auckland Domain. A sea life aquarium invites you to swim with sharks and be surrounded by stingrays. Head offshore to Waiheke Island, a place the local’s joke is so warm, it makes neighbouring Australians appear unsocial.
Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium
Auckland Sky Tower
Auckland Harbour Bridge
Kelly Tarlton’s is a sea life aquarium with a penguin colony, shark cage, and 30 exhibits. If you’re a fan of marine life, 80 species from the underworld of the Southern Ocean are here. Tunnels in the aquarium bring you next to the Sandtiger and Broadnose shark. A shipwreck tour, seahorse kingdom, and Antarctic adventure are particularly excellent aquarium zones.
Auckland Domain is 75 hectares of park located in the suburb of Grafton. A crater formed from volcanic activity is now an amphitheatre for live performances. The aptly named and tree lined Lovers Walk is particularly special when flowers bloom. Wintergardens, a museum, and greenhouse with tropical plants invite you to spend a day in this delightful park.
Auckland’s retail centre is Queen Street and offers you the chance to indulge in a day of luxurious fashion stores, eateries, and beauty boutiques. The city's main shopping district is full of high class design and restaurant menus that provide delectable options throughout the day. Try a Scandinavian styled breakfast, or if a little later, a cocktail after a well-earned day of self-indulgence.
Auckland’s Sky Tower is the tallest in New Zealand, stands at 328 metres and operates as a telecommunications tower. The views of the city as you enjoy a dining experience that is 360 degrees are fabulous. If daring enough, you can base jump from the tower, or perhaps attach yourself to a safety line and take a walk along its edge.
Viaduct Harbour features boutique shops, modern apartments, and sailing boats that anchor at the harbourfront. A fine dine in one of several restaurants after a stroll along a bridge is recommended. Also an entertainment district, perhaps end your day in this high-quality district of Auckland with a glass of wine in hand at one of several excellent bars.
Affectionately known by locals as the “Coat Hanger,” a walk across Auckland’s Harbour Bridge is also an opportunity to indulge in adventure. Bungee jump towards the waters of Shoal Bay or bridge climb to the top to enjoy peaking views of the city below you.
A 40-minute ferry ride from Auckland is the blissful and beach heavy, Waiheke Island. The blessings found here relate closely to nature, with the blues of the Pacific Ocean sparkling. Local wineries producing shiraz have been award winning for years. Did we mention the food? Try the crayfish or mana lamb rump and see why so many consider Waiheke Island the ideal holiday retreat.
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