Sheepworld Farm & Nature Park
Sheepworld is set on 30 acres of typical New Zealand countryside and is about 65kms north of Auckland. It was established in 1988 with an aim to present New Zealand rural life in an entertaining and educational way using a hands-on technique. There is a eco-discovery trail where you can meet the residents of the nature pond. You can also feed and learn more about the animals on the NZ farmyard and feed snacks to the animals too. Some of the favourites are calves, pgs, lambs, goats, donkeys, alpacas as well as possums, mini horses and lorikeets.
There is a coach that runs to Sheepworld which departs from 172 Quay Street (The Scenic Travel Centre) opposite the Ferry Terminal building. Departures are M-F 9.30am and Sat/Sun at 9.45am. Departures from Sheepworld occur M-F at 3.30pm and Sat/Sun 3.50pm. Enquiries can be made on (09) 278 8070 between 6.00am and 8.00pm daily.
Open 9-5pm daily (except Christmas day).
Location : State Hwy 1, north of Warkworth
From the airport
Unfortunately, Auckland airport is not yet connected with the city by rail, and will not be so for the foreseeable future, meaning that getting to and from the airport can mean getting caught up in Auckland's traffic.
There is a service known as the airbus, which is the cheapest way to get to the airport from the central city, and leaves from various points in the central city. There are also minivan shuttles that will take you from $20 plus.
The sooner they put a rail link in, the better.
Auckland is very ethnically diverse and offers a wide variety of restaurants from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. There are also many cafes. If I was able to spend more time here, there were plenty of places I would have liked to try. In my opinion, Auckland has the best restaurants in New Zealand.
For very nice restaurants with harbour views, go to the waterfront. Most of these restaurants are expensive.
There are plenty of kebab shops all over town if you are looking for a quick bite to eat. There are a good number of Italian places, and of course plenty of seafood and sushi restaurants.
The website below will have a good list of Auckland restaurants for you to choose from with more details.
Victoria Park Market
this is a small market near the Skycity Hotel...it is characterized by the tall chimney you would see even before reaching it. we went there at christmas time so there was this little santa claus attempting to climb the chimney. there are quite a number of shops inside. it is quite a good place to get your souvenirs and the shopkeepers are all friendly and willing to help. :D