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Rent a car

One of the best ways to explore Auckland's surrounding views is by driving through it. With plenty of car hire companies to choose from at the airport and in the centre, whether you are after a budget car, 4x4 or campervan, there is something to suit everyone. Rent from as little as NZ$19 per day.


Feel the wind in your hair and explore Auckland on bike, whether sticking to the inner city lanes or going off the beaten track. Hire a road, mountain or long term touring bike from Adventure Cycles for NZ$20-35 per day. Make sure you take advantage of the Maxx free cycle map, available from most public buildings.


Auckland's motorways are known to suffer from traffic jams during peak times so try to avoid the rush between 7am and 9am, and from 5pm to 7pm. The roads can also be a jam packed around 3pm during school term time. Parking can be a problem in central, however find plenty of car parks off Beach Rd, NZ$8 for 12 hours.


Soak up the sea air and enjoy stunning views of the city skyline and Waitemata Harbour onboard a local ferry or water taxi. Take an afternoon trip out to the Victorian suburb of Devonport, Fullers Ferries will take you there from NZ$11 per adult and $5.80 per child. Alternatively take a cruise through the Hauraki Gulf Islands, passing hillside vineyards and unspoiled coastline.

Harbour Bridge Climb

Experience city high life with a difference. For views only the birds normally see, take on Auckland's iconic bridge climb. With a 360-degree view of the Waitemata harbour and dynamic city skyline, AJ Hackett offers a range of packages to satisfy the most adventurous thrill seeker. With prices around NZ $120, the cost may seem steep but does not disappoint.

Maori Cultural Performance

Glimpse into Maori culture, over 1000 years in the making. Experience Auckland's home tribe, the Ngati Whatua O Orakei, in action with a performance of the haka. Visit a local Marae for ancient stories and the unique opportunity to try a hangi feast or learn the art of weaving. Just make sure you remember your manners, as you are representing your ancestors with your presence.

Voyager Maritime Museum

Take some time out to explore how New Zealand's identity has been shaped by its relationship with the sea. For an active experience that defies those childhood memories of drawn out museum visits, discover a working fleet of heritage vessels and set sail in the stunning Waitemata harbour. Value for money and a fun learning experience for the whole family.

Sky Tower

The tallest man made structure in New Zealand, head to the Sky Tower for breathtaking views sweeping over the city. At 328 metres, enjoy a coffee at the Sky Lounge or dinner at the Orbit, Auckland's only revolving restaurant. If that doesn't make you dizzy, brave the SkyJump for the ultimate rush with prices from NZ $175.

DAY 1: Auckland Highlights

Experience the two extremes of Auckland in a day, the lively city and surrounding native bush and coastal areas. Take a city tour including sights of the Harbour Bridge and Mount Eden to the Waitakere Ranges. Stop off for an afternoon trek in lush rainforest and discover the black sand beaches on the west coast. Take a camera to capture the magnificent Kauri trees.

DAY 3: Bay of Islands

If you want to satisfy your inner explorer and get the most out of a day, venture towards New Zealand's northernmost city, Whangarei via the Hibiscus Coast. From here, discover the Bay of Islands, visiting the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds before embarking on a three hour cruise to Cape Brett's Hole-in-the-Rock. Whales and dolphins are a common sight, so make sure you have your camera at the ready.

DAY 2: Discover Waitomo's Glow Worms

Set off early morning from Auckland, driving south to the world famous Waitomo Glow worm Caves. Here lies a subterranean natural phenomenon of vaulted limestone galleries, curtained by glow worms to light your way. Take a boat ride through this illuminated grotto and emerge into the daylight, mesmerised. Finish your day with a drive to Rotorua, rich in culture, history and small town charm.

DAY 4: Climb Maungawhau

Mount Eden or Maungawhau in Maori is Auckland's highest volcano at almost 200 metres. With panoramic views of the city and Waitemata harbour beyond, a climb to the summit is well worth the effort. Start the day exploring the city, take a picnic or reach the top in time to watch the sun set. For music lovers, head to the Powerstation afterwards on Mt Eden Rd for local live performances.


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