Things to do around Auckland
The Sky Tower has stood tall at 328 meters as an icon of Auckland’s sky line for 20 years. It’s an exciting hub of adrenaline activities, superb dining and breath-taking panoramic 360˚ views up to 80 kilometres in every direction. Try a Sky Jump from the iconic Sky Tower, or walk its edge – 192 metres above ground level! Leave Auckland with no regrets and having pushed all your limits!
La Cigale French Market
Inspired by the wonderful food markets found in France, and voted Auckland’s best food market by Metro Magazine for the last 8 years, La Cigale French Market is held every Saturday from 8am to 1.30pm and Sunday from 9am to 1.30pm.
You’ll find an amazing selection of top quality products from both New Zealand artisan producers and growers and from overseas. You can buy fresh produce in abundance, fresh breads and pastries hot from our oven, French cheeses, export quality meats, smoked Akaroa salmon, healthy salads, flowers and orchids, Italian pasta, salamis and sausages, award winning Italian style cheeses, extra virgin olive oils, manuka honey, pâtés and terrines, jams and chutneys and lots more. And, as in any French Market, the aromas of roasting chickens in the rotisserie and paella cooking will waft through the air.
Auckland Zoo is a not-for-profit and wildlife conservation organisation dedicated to building a future for wildlife. Since opening on 17 December 1922, Auckland Zoo has evolved to become an active conservation organisation and has welcomed over 28 million visitors. Auckland Zoo is a winner of national and international awards and is at the leading-edge of wildlife research, conservation work and innovative zoo design.
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is New Zealand’s largest and most inspiring visual arts experience. Enter between majestic kauri columns to explore four floors of exhibitions, many centuries of art and one of Auckland’s most iconic buildings. Free English-language tours start from the foyer on the Ground level at 11.30am and 1.30pm daily. Tours last 60 minutes and are limited to 15 people.
Designer boutiques, award-winning eateries, bars, health, beauty and offices set within some of Auckland’s oldest buildings and newest architecture. This once-neglected district—which was a base for British colonial troops in the 1860s—has been revived and its historic buildings restored. Britomart is the place to be from the first meeting of the day to the last whiskey of the night.
Tramp (or cycle) Auckland including Tamaki Walk
Tie up those laces and walk the length and breadth of Auckland and surrounds!
Tamaki Drive has long been one of the must do’s of Auckland, with the pedestrian walk /cycleway well set up for visitors and residents alike. The road starts from the junction near Port of Auckland, then stretches to the east for some 8km along the beach fronts. In front of these beaches along the horizon you will see the famous icon of Auckland, Rangitoto Island. This stretch of road is served by three public transport bus routes, the easiest to use isTamaki Link Bus, the light blue colour bus with 15 minutes interval from city centre (Britomart). Or you can easily hire an e-bike in the City and cycle the path, spending a day visiting each bay in turn.
He Taonga Māori Gallery
Visitors to He Taonga Māori (Māori Treasures) are presented with a story that relates the past, the present and something of the future of Māori in New Zealand. The effect of He Taonga Māori is to show a people with a rich and diverse history who have been able to retain their ethnic identity today despite the influences of the past two centuries. This gallery contains over 1,000 artefacts from around Aotearoa which date back to the arrival and settlement of Māori.
The Riverhead: New Zealand’s oldest riverside tavern
At over 160 years old, The Riverhead is thought to be New Zealand’s oldest riverside tavern and holds New Zealand’s second oldest liquor licence and remains fully New Zealand owned. Thomas William Deacon established the Riverhead in1857 after arriving in New Zealand with the Royal Navy.
Landing Restaurant serves up brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert, and The Portage is your neighbourhood bar, serving good old fashioned pub grub. Located in northwest Auckland, Riverhead is just a 25 minute drive from the CBD, or just hop on one of two ferry companies that operate scheduled and private charter services to The Riverhead.
Waiheke Island is an easy 40 minute ferry ride from Auckland City. The island has abundant natural wonders to explore. For the more adventurous, there are numerous activities to pursue including mountain biking, sea kayaking, fishing, surfing, sailing, archery and much more. Or you can spend a couple of days exploring the island at leisure. The island is also well known for its local artists and artisans so you can enjoy sculpture, glass blowing, painting and woodwork at the local shops and markets.
Looking for more ideas for exploring Auckland https://www.aucklandnz.com/visit/discover/top-10s
A little bit more information on NZ
You do not need a visa to visit New Zealand if you are:
- A New Zealand or Australian citizen or resident,
- A UK citizen and/or passport holder (you can stay up to six months), or
- A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand (you can stay up to three months).
If you don’t meet the above, then you’ll need a visitor visa, which allows you to holiday in New Zealand for up to nine months. The fastest and easiest way to apply for a visitor visa is online.
Before travelling to New Zealand, you need to make sure your passport is valid for at least three months longer than your expected departure date. If you come from countries that need to apply for a New Zealand visa to enter, please be sure to apply for a visa in advance.
- Travel to NZ https://www.newzealand.com/au/getting-here/
- NZ currency and costs https://www.newzealand.com/au/feature/new-zealand-currency/
- NZ weather https://www.weatherwatch.co.nz/location
- Maori culture https://www.newzealand.com/au/maori-culture/
- NZ wine https://www.nzwine.com/en/visit/
- NZ skiing https://www.newzealand.com/au/skiing/
- Auckland – America’s Cup home base Dec 2020 https://www.americascup.com/acws/auckland
- NZ domestic travel https://www.newzealand.com/int/domestic-flights
Venue – Pullman Auckland
Corner Princes Street and Waterloo Quadrant
1010 Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9 353 1000
Pullman Auckland Hotel is one of Auckland’s largest and leading 5-Star hotels located in the heart of the vibrant inner city.
A positive departure from the usual formula in hotel accommodation, Pullman Auckland’s sleek interiors emit a warm and friendly vibe, creating an intimate atmosphere whether in the lobby lounge, by the 25 meter heated swimming pool, or within one of 16 dynamic meeting spaces.
This vibrant hotel is one of the city’s most premiere upscale5-star hotels. Located only minutes from Queen Street, Britomart, Viaduct Harbour and High Street. The Pullman Auckland is ideal for business with 16 contemporary meeting rooms. And with Tapestry Dining, Omni Bar and the award-wining Spa at the Pullman, it is the perfect place to relax and socialise in.