This attraction is completely built underground and well worth a visit.
Features an underwater world (aquarium), huge friendly stingrays that are fed at certain times during the day. Amazing creatures.
Take a snowcat ride into a similated antarctic environment to see King and Gentoo penguins. Watch the penguins on the ride or through viewing windows.
The aquariums feature a variety of fish species, including sharks and moray eels.
Three tonnes of fresh snow is made every day and 2 million litres of water are replaced daily.
You are able to dive with the sharks in the aquarium.
Open 9 -6.00pm daily
Also features replica of antarctic explorer Scots' hut, cinema, kiosk and gift shop.
Auckland Harbour Bridge is located across Waitemata Harbour. It connects Central Auckland with Northcote in North Shore City. It is the longest bridge in North Island as well as the second longest in New Zealand. Its length is approximately 1,000 metres. The highest point of the bridge is approximately 43 metres above sea level.
It is one of the popular tourist attractions in the city of Auckland. The bridge was designed by Freeman Fox and Partners. Auckland Harbour Bridge consists of eight lane motorway and was opened to traffic in 1959.
Oracle Tower Observation Deck is located at level 17 of Oracle Tower at Wakefield Street in the Central Business District of Auckland. It has a commanding 280 degree view of the city of Auckland.
The newer and higher Sky Tower Observation Decks were not constructed yet when we were in Auckland approximaely ten years ago. Nevertheless the approximate height of Oracle Tower Observation Deck is 60 metres. It provides excellent view of the city those days. It is fully air-conditioned with piped music in the air. Summer in Auckland is very hot. This is a nice place for you to relax inside the air-conditined observation deck and watch the world goes by beneath you!
The City Campus of University of Auckland is located beside the Central Business District in Auckland. The City Campus is the main campus of the university which is the largest university in New Zealand. The university was founded in 1883 and occupies a total area of approximately 160,000 square metres. It is one of the top universities in the world!
Adjacent to the university is the popular Albert Park with lots of greenery. It is located to the west of the university and Auckland Domain is located to the south-east of the university. The Clock Tower Building (Old Arts Building) is one of the major landmarks in Auckland. Other attractions in the campus of the university include the Old Government House and the University House. The university campus also has a commanding view of the harbour.
Sky tower is the tallest building in the Southern hemisphere, 328 metres.
At the base of the tower , Sky city has two casinos (cheap meals for lunch and dinner!!!!) and a theatre.
The top of the tower offers three viewing decks, a revolving restaurant and a seafood restaurant. The viewing towers offer an incredible 360 degree view of the area (It would want to being the tallest building in the Southern hemisphere I hear you say!)
If you are feeling totally crazy, you can jump from a platform (192 metres up) and fall to the ground with a series of cables attached to you.
We spent quite a few hours here looking at the basement shops, heading up the tower to the observation decks before heading to the casino for dinner and a flutter on the tables.
I went on two 1/2 day tours that I enjoyed very much.
The first was with the Volcano City Tours. The one I chose is called "City, Country and Bush". Regretfully I cannot find them on the internet now. Either they have gone out of business or perhaps changed their name. But the tour itself was marvelous. The highlight for me was the visit to the Gannet colony at Muriwai, on the West coast which I had wanted to see for many years.
The second was with the Bush & Beach tours. The guide, Alan was excellent. I chose the "Wilderness Experience" which included a visit to Piha waterfalls and an excellent picnic lunch.
Most people, or kiwi's who don't live in Auckland hate the city. I can see why, because it's just a city, with not too much to see. If you have some more time to spend around Auckland you will have a better time, at least so I've heard. I only had 1 full day in Auckland before I moved on to the rest of New Zealand. I did a city walk, visited the museum and some other sights. In the evening I went to the Skytower. From up there the city looks absolutely amazing and colourful. What a contrast, because during the day it looks very grey, at least when I was there, because the sun wasn't out at all.
If you do decide to spend some more time around Auckland you can visit Rangitoto Island, which is a volcanic Island. You can do some hiking here. Another great Island has to be Waiheke Island. There are many wineries on the island, so if winetasting is your cuppa go there. The island also has some great beaches.
Auckland Town Hall is located at Queen Street beside the Aotea Square in the heart of Auckland. It is a five storey Italian renaissance revival style building. The building was officially opened in 1911 by Baron Islington, the then Governor General of New Zealand. It is a landmark of Auckland and one of the major tourist attractions.
Auckland Town Hall building was designed by JJ & EJ Clarke. It is home to the famous Great Hall and Concert Chamber. The Great Hall is one of the finest concert halls in the world.
For a marvelous overview of the Maori way of life, their art and their culture this is the place to visit.
The importance of the fern and the reason for its use as a symbol of life are fascinating and enlightening.
The exhibits are well spaced, the walks around and the views from the lookout well worth the time spent here.
The walk through the Rain forest is awesome!
Auckland is New Zealand's biggest city and home to the JAFA (as those of us south of the Bombay Hills tend to call them) community. It has just over a million people living here and is the biggest Polynesian city in the world. It was the nations capital until 1865.
The city's nickname is 'the city of sails' - Fact: Auckland has more boats per capita than anywhere else in the world. Auckland is a water lover's paradise and has some of the best beaches for swimming, diving, fishing, sailing and windsurfing in the country.
Other highlights of things to do in the city are - a cruise out to Devonport, a bit of shopping up Queen Street, visit the Otara Market on Sunday, go up the Sky Tower for a view over the city, have a coffee on Ponsonby Rd and go for a walk along the waterfront.
The biggest negative about Auckland is its transportation system which really sucks. Traffic moves at a snails pace along the motorway and it often stops for long periods. Public transport is poor here too with much controversy over the past few years about what to do to fix it.
The Waitemata Harbour is the main access by sea to Auckland, New Zealand. For this reason it is often referred to as Auckland Harbour, despite the fact that it is only one of two harbours surrounding the city, and is crossed by the Auckland Harbour Bridge. The Waitemata forms the north and east coasts of the Auckland isthmus. It is matched on the south by the shallower waters of Manukau Harbour
Auckland is the San Francisco of New Zealand. If Wellington is the kindly uncle, Christchurch the maiden aunt ,then Auckland is the trendy twentysomething.
Development is in the air and with the staging of the Americas cup there a lot of trendiness going on near the harbour.
I only stayed a day and a half and would liked to have spent more time there. I took a quick city tour which was interesting and stopped off at Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World, which was one of the best aquariums I've ever been to.
Another fun thing to do is go up the Sky Tower at Sky City.
At 328 metres Sky Tower is the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere, offering breath-taking views for more than 80 kilometres in every direction.
It has a glass bottomed floor that you can walk on and view the city below (if you have a head for heights!) or even bungee from the top of the tower (no thanks!)
Shopping was pretty good too.
I wish I could have stayed longer and i will definitely be back some day!
One of the areas that impressed me the most as I was arriving to Auckland was the landscape surrounding the airport, in Manukau.
The city is pleasantly yet strangely calm, taking into account that it is the largest and most vibrant in the country.
It's a good place to buy souvenirs, such as pounamu (jade), wood or bone-carved Maori crafts.
For a memorable view of the city's skyline, go to Waitemata Harbor, get into a ferry and cross to Devonport.
It may seem a touristy thing to do but it really is worth going up the Sky Tower in Auckland. At 328m it's the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere and provides fantastic views of the city and way beyond. Several different viewing levels plus restaurants and adventure - you can climb up, jump off or you can brave the glass floor panels - apparently 38mm thick and as strong as concrete!! Or you can just enjoy the view. NB choose a day when the visibility is good and your view will be wonderful.
You can simply enjoy the views from within the Sky Tower observation decks, or you can get up close and personal to the view!
Vertigo: is a climb up the Sky Tower.
Sky Jump: is a controlled drop from the Sky Tower.
Personally I found the high speed, glass-fronted lift exciting enough, especially when added to the glass floor panels!!
Whatever you fancy doing, Sky Tower in Auckland is well worth the visit.