Auckland, North Island
If you take the bus, it is a gentle slope walk to the Museum.
Daily 10am to 5pm except Christmas and Anzac Day (April 25).
Admission: NZ$5 appreciated (hence optional if you are on a tight budget)
At 10:30am there is a guided tour, NZ$10 (adult), $5(children)
Great place to discover the rich natural flora and fauna as well as about Maori culture of New Zealand. Was impressed by the "reconstructed" extinct giant Moa bird. And of course, real stuffed kiwis in display.
Nice small zoo with a lot of greenery. I wanted and saw the coy Kiwi bird which comes out primarily at night in the wild but here I could see the real thing even though it was in an enclosure. Also the tuatara lizard, found only in New Zealand. There are also other interesting exhibits like the primates and penguins.
The Sky Tower is easily the most recongnizable landmark. At over 320 meters, from the observation deck, you can see a 360 view of the Auckland and environs up to 80 miles on a fine day. Open daily 8:30am until 11pm.
The Casino of machines and tables is open daily 24 hours. The dress code is informal and very casual. Try your Kiwi luck.
I found that it is a convenient and safe location to park my car and explore the city by foot.
Situated on an isthmus between the main part of the North Island and Northland the city of Auckland stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Tasman Sea.
Auckland is the place where most of New Zealands visitors arrive and before touring the Island you should definitely see its attractions. Have a look at tips of my Auckland-page
Auckland is probably the premier city of the North Island. Although Wellington is the capital, most tourists deviate towards Auckland and it shows. It is one busy place. You can drive around much of the North Island without seeing a soul, and then suddenly you hit Auckland and it's like you've driven into another country, with traffic jams as far as the eye can see.
But hey, at least in a campervan you can pull over, chill out and wait until the traffic subsides ... I'm just not sure it ever really does in Auckland.
Built around a series of inlets and bays Auckland is like a scaled down version of Sydney, even the Harbour Bridge is similar.
Much of the Auckland way of life seems to centre around the water, and why not, it is known as the City of Sails after all.
Auckland is definitely worth spending a few days in to catch a breather as you travel round NZ.
The largest city in New Zealand is located on the North Island, and this is where we started and ended our trip in August.
Some of the highlights of our time in Auckland was a great VT meeting with several of the North Islanders, and visiting the Skytower with Pam and her mother.
Other activities to take part in would be having dinner on the waterfront, shopping for your souvenirs at the 50 shops in the CBD, and of course the lolly-scramble.
Have a safe trip!
This is one of the city's most distinctive landmarks. A 4-lane highway built in 1959, it soon became congested with traffic. Luckily, a firm of Japanese engineers came to the rescue and figured out a way of adding extra lanes to the bridge. Locals call the extension the 'Nippon Clip-on', in a tone of humorous appreciation.