All kinds of watersports are popular in Auckland and the west coast provides huge waves and strong winds a lot of the time. There are many great windsurfing spots from Port Waikato to the south head of the Kaipara Harbour. The Manukau Harbour has some good spots for windsurfing also in some of the sheltered waters, but beware of the rips and tides.
Eden Park has been a sports ground since 1900 and in 1910 became the home of Auckland Cricket in 1910. Ruby followed in 1925. Over the past 100 years, Eden Park has played host to many memorable sporting events.
Today the park is home of the Blues and the Auckland NPC team. The seating capacity is 43,000 which makes it the biggest sporting venue in New Zealand.
The east coast of the Auckland region has the right conditions for sailing. Auckland has some of the busiest harbour in NZ for recreational vehicles – we are not known as the ‘city of sails for nothing’. There are some 500 sheltered island anchorages scattered through the Hauraki Gulf – it’s a great place for not only the super yachts but the smaller pleasure crafts as well to enjoy the waters.
If this is your sport, then the Auckland Canoe Centre is your place for finding the specialists in kayaks and canoes. They have an extensive range of kayaks and equipment. They have all the accessories for Recreation, Sea Kayaking, Racing, Multisport, White Water, Rodeo, Canoe Polo.
Folks gearing to lose some weights after piling on the pounds while on holiday - look no further. The YMCA runs Tepid Baths in the city, and is open to the public for activities such as swimming with spa (not Olympic size though, the pool, not the spa) as well as for folks looking for a gym/fitness centre.
It is an old building but reasonably well maintained. It kinda remind me of the City Bath in Melbourne City and probably shares a similar history as a common public bath in the days long past.
You'll have to pay to go in of course, it's not free but the fee is manageable. As I was staying at the Sebel, I have complimentary discounted price entry and it was like NZ$4 for a swim. I think a full price entry will be something like NZ$9. With a spa thrown in, I think it's pretty much worth it.
Muriwai beach is one of Auckland's premier surf spots. Located to the northwest of the city, on the wild Tasman Sea coast with its black volcanic sand beaches and scary, roaring waves with all the power of the Southern Ocean behind them, Muriwai is a grand place to surf, body board, or just enjoy from shore, by strolling or paddling in the shallows. There is a unique gannet colony here. The beach stretches off into the distance and Muriwai can feel like the edge of the world at times. If you want to swim here, ONLY swim between the flags when the beach is patrolled in summer and up until mid autumn (usually about Easter time). There is a surf school here with qualified instructors. The Sand Dunz beach cafe supplies perfect coffee and all day cooked breakfasts - as well as the beach bums staples like burgers and chips!
It is the highest base jump in the world, gives you a great buzz, you go up the Tower to Level 53 (192m) jump off - You can be stopped midair at main viewing platform so someone can take a photo and then they let you go down to the ground. You get a certificate afterwards showing you have done it.
Auckland’s showplace for race horsing is Ellerslie Racecourse which hosts 26 race meetings a year. It has now been in existence for over 130 years and has a world renowned reputation for its steeplechase track as well and the lovely manicured lawns and gardens.
The Auckland Racing Club began in 1874 when the Auckland Jockey Club and the Auckland Turf Club amalgamated. Although racing actually began some 32 years earlier at the Epsom Racecourse or Epsom Downs as it was called then. Ellerslie Racecourse has first class and even award winning facilities and is well utilized with other events other than racing – at these times it is known as the Ellerslie Function and Convention Centre.
Auckland has a large number of private golf clubs and a few public golf courses. Chamberlain Park is near Western Springs and Auckland Zoo and just a few minutes from the city centre on the north-western motorway. The golf course is owned by the Auckland City Council.
Equipment: You can hire equipment here. A half set of golf clubs with a trundler costs NZ$18. You can get balls for about NZ$2.50 each. A cart will cost you NZ$30 for the round.
These were weekend prices in February 2005.
The green fees were NZ$25.