There is quite a few this type of farm located around Auckland, and sheep world is probably the best known farm among them. It is about an hour drive north from Auckland, with good parking space. It provides natural tracks, animal show, hand feedings, sheepdog actions and sheep shearing, plus a number of locally produced products. Kids can feed the baby sheep with bottles, and they love it.
We spent a whole day touring around auckland by bus( they are very efficient ). first we walked to Albert park as it was just opposite our hostel, then went to Auckland Domain and Mount eden which has an enermous crater on top. By bus we went to Waitemata Harbour to meet shuttle service for Kelly tarlton and it was amazing seeing penguins, sting rays, sharks and more sea creatures. Our last trip of the day was a boat trip to Waiheke island . Unfortunatley we didn't have the time to go around but I enjoyed it watching the sun go down on the beach. It was a hectic day but worth every second. In the evening it was time to visit the Sky Tower, if you visit Auckland you have to visit the sky tower, nice view from up there.
The Auckland Botanic Gardens are located more or less outside the city of Aucland, next to the Southern Motorway to Hamilton on Hill Road, Manurewa.
In this park (64 hectares) are a lot of walkways, which lead the visitor to the different species of plants and trees. A map, available on the internet or at the Visitor Centre in the entrance hall, and information signs allowed us to walk around and to understand what we did see.
It is also possible (only on Sunday afternoons) to make a ride on the so called Wiri Rambler, a tractor with two carriages.
Off course most of the plants are native, but there is also a large collection of foreign species. On some places the Gardens are beautiful and interesting, but to be honest there are also some dull spots.
Auckland Botanic Gardens offer a Visitor Information Centre, a giftshop and a café.
It is open daily (see website) and admission is free of charge.
The gardens are easy accessible by car and public transportation.
Off course Devonport is a ‘must see activity’ during your stay in Auckland. Easy accessible with the ferry from downtown Auckland (only 12 minutes). And off course you will stroll along the shops and café’s.
But make it an ‘off the beaten path’ activity by making a walking tour (get a map or brochure in the Visitor Centre next to the wharf).
At the end of Victoria Street climb on to Mt. Victoria and enjoy the lovely views on the skyline of Auckland. Continue on Church Street (perhaps visit Devonport Museum) and Albert Road and you will reach Cheltenham Beach. A lovely golden beach so close to downtown Auckland, it is almost incredible !!
Through the top of North Head and King Edward Parade you come back to the centre and the wharf and have seen a different Devonport.
See for more info and pics my Auckland page.
Eden Garden is the work of volunteers, who started in 1964. They transformed an abandoned quarry on the slopes of Mt. Eden into one of Auckland’s best kept secrets.
The garden has nowadays the most varied collection camellias and a large number of rhododendrons, but also hibiscus and a lot of native (green) New Zealand plants and trees.
From the top at a lookout you will have a nice view over the city.
The café with its garden setting is ideal for drinking a cup of coffee or tea.
Auckland Domain, a huge park not too far away from downtown, is situated on one of Auckland's volcano’s. At the top, near the building, you have a wonderful view over the city and Hauraki Gulf.
Off course it has its famous War Memorial Museum (an absolutely must see activity), but not far away, in the middle of the wonderful gardens, you will find the two greenhouses.
They are a heritage of the Auckland Exhibition of 1913. Nowadays the greenhouses are full of colourful flowers and green (sub)tropical plants.
Between the two buildings is a lovely pond. Next to the Winter Gardens is a special ‘fern park’.
Don't skip this place when in Auckland. This place is a hidden gem within the city hustle and bustle. You can easily spend half a day in this rustic town with much things to explore.