The Best of Auckland

My roommate Judith and I spent the past weekend almost entirely at the beach. With temperatures reaching 68 and plenty of sunshine and blue skies, neither of us could think of a better way to spend one of our last remaining weekends. Chances are this weekend will be spent in a very similar way.

While enjoying our relaxing weekend, Judith and I decided to compile the “unofficial best of Auckland” guide. After much deliberation, here is the “Best” Auckland has to offer.

  • Hiking: Waitakere Ranges. The ranges offer plenty of miles of beaches as well as a rainforest like feel deep in the ranges. It even features a rainforest.
  • Island: Rangitoto. Located 45 minutes away from the city via ferry, this is a “sleeping volcano”. It offers amazing views of the city, hiking, and relaxing beaches.
  • Park: Cornwall Park
  • View of the City: Mt. Eden
  • Beach: Mission Bay.
  • Shopping Area: Newmarket.
  • Pizza: Sal’s Authentic New York Pizza located in Takapuna. They claim they use authentic Wisconsin cheese.
  • Burgers: Wisconsin Burger. This needs no explanation. The names says it all.
  • Street for restaurants: K Road
  • Sports: Super Rugby games at Eden Park.
  • Way to spend the day: taking a harbour cruise
  • Dessert: Movenpick ice cream shops
  • Museum: the Auckland Museum located within Auckland Domain.
  • Unique Auckland experience: The Sky Tower