Eight Places to Visit in Auckland
Auckland is a great place to visit, but there are just a few places that are well known by tourists, and so many amazing places that get missed out. Here are a few more places you might like to visit, and if you're a local and haven't done these things, seriously what are you doing?
La Cigale Market
Either shop for your produce, cheese and sausage for the week from local growers, or grab a coffee and a croissant and take a seat and watch the days entertainment. Open both Saturdays and Sundays in Parnell, and Saturdays in Britomart, til midday.
Take a ferry over to Rangitoto and climb the mountain, and spend the day with nature. It sure is a hike, but there are beautiful views, and many a flat and downhill part of the walk. As long as you have a moderate level of fitness, you'll love the walk.
Wynyard Quarter & Silo Park
Walk across the bridge from downtown Auckland and across or a more relaxed part of the city. There is ofen entertainment on near the bridge, where you can just sit or stand and watch, then walk down the waterfront, checking out the boats. You can pop into any of the restaurants on the waterfront or one street back, for a coffee, a snack, a meal, a dessert dish, or a drink. Each restaurant has its own vibe, from seafood to mexican. Silo Park often has entertainment, like movies, or musicians playing.
Piha & Muriwai Beaches
Drive west and check out Piha. It's a beautiful beach, and although its not the best for swimming with its aggressive surf, its great for a walk, or a climb for an extra view. Lion Rock is a short hike up the hill, with enough room at the top for a picnic if you like. While you're out west, drive north to Muriwai Beach and watch the gannets where they land on the cliff.
Check out one of Auckland's more central beaches, for a dip, a paddle board, or a walk. Along the beachfront is a park, complete with playground and fountain, so its a great spot for the picnic in the summer, and a nice place for a rest on the bench seats in winter. Restaurants and ice cream shops line the street, offering a break from the sun and wind when you need it.
This road is halfway through a migration, but its been this way for a good wee while. The road has a lot of history, but also has many a cute shop, like Iko Iko, and the boutique vintage shops, then there are amazing cafes and restaurants, like Bestie Cafe, and Lord of the Fries too. If you've never heard of K Rd before, know it has many a strip club, but if that's not your thing, just walk on by. This road has so much culture, and is fun to people watch on.
Auckland Art Gallery
This gallery actually has free entry, but there are some exhibits on at any given time that charge a fee, usually an international artist. On display, all the time, are kiwi artists work, displayed in small rooms that are set up for a slow walk through the gallery. The gallery is rarely over populated, so you'll enjoy yourself, with plenty of room to peruse the art.
For a more artifact based afternoon, head up to the Museum and check out the exhibits they have on any given day. The museum hosts and collaborates on modern exhibits, including exhibits based on TV shows, or NZ businesses.