Auckland Region Favorites

  • City as viewed from Tamaki Dve
    City as viewed from Tamaki Dve
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  • The Bridge
    The Bridge
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  • Dodgy shops on K rd
    Dodgy shops on K rd
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Auckland Region Favorites

  • Harbour Bridge & Marina

    Auckland Favorites

    The bridge is one of Aucklands key features around the harbour area and is visible from many places given its size. It's 15 stories high and at just over 1km long the 2nd longest road bridge in NZ (Rakaia Bridge in the South Island is the longest). The Bridge, running between St Marys Bay and Northcote Point, was opened on 30th of May 1959 and...

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  • Kelly Tarltons Underwater World

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    For different view of Southern Hemisphere life, make a point of visiting Antarctica while you're in Auckland. At Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World you can meet King and Gentoo Penguins in a world of real snow and ice.

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  • Tamaki Drive

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    Auckland is built on a narrow isthmus so is surrounded by water. As a consequence water sports are very popular here given the easy access to lots of great places. A view back to Auckland city from tamaki drive shows the expanse of water with lots of boats.

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  • Queen Street & Downtown

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    Auckland now has a fine little pocket of restaurants around its waterfront and Viaduct Basin areas. Though not comparable to the great culinary capitals of the world, Auckland's restaurants may not number in the thousands, but the food is of a high quality and varied range. This area is also nice to walk aorund on a summer evening.

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  • Mt Eden

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    This is the extinct volcanic crater at Mt Eden. Besides being always pretty, grassy and green, since childhood I've always enjoyed the great view of Rangitoto (another volcano) and Auckland city and the harbour. I have very fond memories of this spot.

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  • Auckland Museum and Domain

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    The Wintergardens are located in the Auckland Domain, not far from Auckland Museum. The glass houses date back into the early twentieth century and although the plant collection is very modest, the place is free and makes a nice retreat if you're in the city centre. The "fernery" is a secluded 'bush' walk through native New Zealand forest (which we...

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  • City Beaches

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    Auckland has lots of nice beaches, and this is one of the more picturesque. Takapuna used to be the main commercial area of the North Shore, but now it has become a trendy and very nice looking place to live or shop. In this summertime view of the beach, the tide is in and the scene looks more like a lake shore than a beach!

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  • Parnell.

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    New Zealand is a very young country therefore is not really reknown for it's old architecture. Some places in the South Island have some history, however Auckland has very few examples of old buildings. You can find a few in the Parnell area, and it's a very nice place to walk around. There are nice shops, in a village setting, old wooden...

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  • Skytower

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    Auckland's Skytower is one of the best places to catch a glimpse of the city. Auckland is a city that is based on its interaction with the water, and from the skytower, you can see just how busy of a port this is. From the casual sailor to the cruise ship, to the freighter, this port is on the go 24/7. I would definitely recommend heading up to...

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  • Hauraki Gulf

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    PHOTO: BEV AT THE HELM OF NZL 40, AN AMERICA'S CUP YACHT BUILT FOR THE 1995 AMERICA'S CUP AND BOUGHT BY A GROUP IN AUCKLAND. THEY HAVE TWO BOATS NZL 40 & NZL 41, WHICH THEY RACE AND TAKE PEOPLE OUT WHO WOULD LIKE TO CREW AND GET THE FEEL OF AN ACTUAL AMERICA'S CUP YACHT IN ACTION. NZL 40 was on the port tack heading for the lighthouse at the...

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  • Auckland Town Hall

    This is the Auckland City Town Hall (the clock tower in the background) and Aotea Square. They are right in the heart of Auckland City. This is where my University graduation ceremony was held. Inside the town hall is a concert chamber where I sang in the auckland high schools choir recital accompanied by the organ (also dating to 1911 and a...

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  • Around the Bays Fun Run

    This is a nearly 10km Fun Run around the waterfront area of Auckland. It is enjoyed by over 70,000 Aucklanders every year in March.The route that this fun run takes is called Tamaki Drive. It is a great place to drive along or roller blade, cycle or run. There are beaches dotted all along the drive with Mission Bay and St Heliers Bay being the...

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  • Waiheke Island

    Waiheke Island is an island in the Hauraki Gulf in the outer edge of Auckland Harbour. The island is home to about 10,000 Aucklanders with the population concentrated on the left hand side of the island. It is a great get-away for Aucklanders and tourists alike and is especially good to sample watersports like kayaking and fishing in the summer....

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  • The most expensive place I've ever...

    Our breath was taken away by how expensive everything was in Auckland. T-shirts ran about $60.00US. Regular (not designer) jeans ran about $130.00US. YIKES! The whole time I was there all I bought was a t-shirt that was on sale at a sporting goods store. Next time I go, I'll save a lot more sheckels beforehand.

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  • Another Whangaparaoa beach...

    This is a picture of Manly Beach (sometimes called Big Manly to differentiate it from its little southern neighbour) on Whangaparaoa Peninsula, north of Auckland city. Maybe I'll have to make a page with pictures from all around Whangaparaoa!!

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  • A favourite beachside spot for...

    Whangaparaoa Peninsula has become a satellite city to Auckland. There is now a continuous urban landscape from Orewa to the end of the peninsula with Gulf Harbour becoming an increasingly big community out at the eastern end. The peninsula juts out into the Hauraki Gulf and has many nice beaches on either side. Most are on the north side, but there...

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  • Auckland University

    This is the place I spent 3 years studying in. I am pictured with my best mate Anneliese in Albert Park looking towards the University tower. Albert Park is another volcano with beautiful grassy areas and gardens. Many a student can be found here on a nice day!If you want to find out the entry requirements and courses available at Auckland...

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  • Explore the Hauraki Gulf.

    If you have the money, charter a boat to explore the Hauraki Gulf, which is studded with islands. This view is from a favourite spot north of the city - Mahurangi Regional Park.

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  • More beach scenes...

    Here's Sullivan's Bay, viewed from the track to Cudlip Point, in Mahurangi Regional Park, north of Auckland city. If you've got time, explore Auckland's hinterland to find some real gems like this.

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  • Te Muri Beach, Mahurangi Regional Park.

    The eastern coastline of the northern part of Auckland Region is indented with some beautiful bays and flooded river valleys known as rias . Te Muri Beach is a seldom visited sandy east facing beach with no road access in the Mahurangi Regional Park. See my "Off the Beaten Trail" section to find out more.

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  • A popular picnic spot for Aucklanders.

    Auckland Region is lucky to have many public reserves administered and maintained by the Auckland Regional Council. These parks and reserves are scattered all around the region and free to the public. One of these Regional Parks is Shakespear, at the end of Whangaparaoa Peninsula, north of Auckland's main urban area.Shakespear Regional Park is an...

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  • A great beach, just 30 minutes from...

    North of Auckland there are some fine beaches. The first of the most notable beaches you're likely to encounter driving north, is Orewa. The urban area of Orewa and Whangaparaoa is coined the "Hibiscus Coast" and there are a lot of people living there now. Throughout the area are many nice little beaches. However, Orewa is popular with daytrippers...

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  • My favourite place in the Auckland...

    Tawharanui Regional Park is a beautiful reserve on a peninsula about 1hr30mins drive north of the city. You need your own vehicle to get there and the road from Omaha is not entirely sealed. It is a serene beach with the clearest blue water in summer. It is popular with surfers and bodyboarders, but is safe and perfect for swimming too. It is now...

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  • Amerigo Vespucci

    We were lucky to see the ship Amerigo Vespucci Anchored in Auckland harbor. We were lucky to see the ship Amerigo Vespucci in Auckland harbor.

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  • Devonport

    Devonport is a suburb in Auckland located on the North Shore. It has quaint colonial style architecture and trendy shops and restaurants. There are good views across the harbour to the city from Mt Victoria and North Head.For more information on what to do in Devonport please go to www.devonport.co.nz

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  • Auckland Harbour Bridge

    This bridge is only 6 lanes (definately not big enough for Auckland traffic) and was built in the 1950's. It looks so pretty though on a sparkling day from a yacht or ferry in the harbour! Until March 2003 the Waitemata Harbour is the place to come to see the Louis Vuitton Cup and Americas Cup yacht racing. You can book cruises around the harbour...

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  • One Tree Hill

    One Tree Hill is an extinct volcano on the Auckland Isthmus. It was always a distinctive hill on the Auckland landscape because of the obelisk and single pine tree that adorned the top. Recently however the pine tree was pulled out as there had been several acts of sabotage that took there toll on the old tree.There are great views of Auckland...

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  • KellyTarlton's Underwater World

    At Orakey Wharf on Tamaki Drive.If you like aquariuns, dont miss this one. They try to recreate the Antartic conditions.

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