A while ago, to be more precise in 2013, when a friend spent one year in Auckland as an exchange student and showed us all her amazing pictures from the North Island, we decided that New Zealand was one of our top spots on our travel-bucket list. It took some time but at the beginning of November finally our dream came true and we boarded the plane with the final destination Auckland Airport. Big thanks to Tourism New Zealand, who organized a great city tour through New Zwealand’s largest city (it’s not the capital!). In the following Auckland Travel Guide you will find infos about our experiences and some useful tips.
The Sky Tower is Auckland’s observation tower and with a hight of 328 meters the highest tower in the southern hemisphere. To enjoy the panoramic view of the city costs 29 NZD per adult. For the very brave of you the sky tower offers a bungee jump from the height of 192 meters.
Auckland Seaplanes was founded by the German expatriate Chris Sattler who gave us a lot of information about the founding of his company, the airplanes and about the harbour. They offer a wide range of different scenic tours. We decided to go fort the „Gulf Island Scenic“, which is available for 300 NZD per adult and we enjoyed Auckland’s skyline, the surrounding volcanoes and the breathtaking landscape from a bird’s eye perspective.
To learn about New Zealand’s history or the Maori culture don’t miss a stop at the Auckland museum with it’s interesting collections. With an entrance fee of 25 NZD per adult it’s a fair deal and also worthwhile for those of you who usually avoid museums.
If you can spare a little time to also visit Auckland’s surroundings, we’d like to recommend a tour with Aotea Roadies. Zana and Brian are real kiwis and they do the trips with their cool van. You can choose between different tours starting from Auckland so you don’t have a long journey. We decided to go fort the „Wild West Highlights“ tour that spoiled us with beautiful beaches on the West coast, crossed some rain forest and led us to stunning waterfalls. Zana und Brian customize each tour to your favours so you will have a unique experience!
Britomart is quite an exclusive part of Auckland with selected shops and restaurants. We explicitly liked the harmonious arrangement of old buildings and modern architecture and took quite some photos here.
You can reach the top of this dormant volcano easily by foot. Just a short walk up the hill offers a spectacular and picturesque view over the city of Auckland as well as the 50 meter deep grassy crater of the volcano. And don’t be afraid, the last eruption was more than 28.000 years ago.
In this point Auckland and Los Angeles have something in common, there is no real city center where life booms with tons of cafes and shops. Many of the cool spots are spread all over the city, which makes it hard to cover everything on one day, but also keeps it interesting as you see a lot of different things. You have to see the Ponsonby area, that calls itself „Auckland’s hippest strip”! Alongside Ponsonby Road there are many cool shops, where you can find the lables of the young New Zealand designers, accessoires, decoration as well as souveniers. A huge variety of different restaurants and cool bars are most inviting.
It became kind of a tradition for us to test the best burger shop in every country we go to. Burger Fuel is a New Zealand burger shop which was founded in 1995 – the year Flo was born – so we definitely hat to try it. It’s a burger chain that has 23 shops in Auckland and we definitely want to recommend to try the „Ford Freakout“ burger for 12.90 NZD or the “Bacon Backfire“ burger für 13.20 NZD. These were our favorite burgers after quite a few visits to the shop.
Cocos Youtube channel „Kleinstadtcoco“ invites you to watch a German travel vlog about Auckland and it’s surroundings. We’d be very happy if you visit the channel. Maybe you have been to Auckland as well and want to add some information to ours.