As the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland is where most cruise ship visitors either begin or end their excursions. As the launching pad for Oceania, Auckland is a city where excited cruise visitors arrive with itineraries full of possibility, and as a final cruise destination, Auckland is a vibrant and fast-paced grand finale where the iconic skyline presides over Waitemata Harbor.
Like many countries around the world, city dining in New Zealand tends to be more expensive than in rural areas of the country. As the nation’s largest city with over 25% of the total population, Auckland isn’t any exception, and meals at a table overlooking the waterfront can often creep into the uncomfortably pricy category. Fortunately for travelers who are tight with their finances, however, there are still a number of options for eating on a budget in Auckland which can help fill you up without completely breaking the bank.
As the largest city in New Zealand there is simply no way to experience all that Auckland has to offer over the course of single day. A sprawling city whose suburbs include beaches, wineries, harbors, and even islands, Auckland is a vibrant metropolis with dozens of different experiences. Despite her myriad charms, however, not all visitors have weeks to explore, so we’ve compiled an overview of how to spend one day in Auckland for those who are heavy on curiosity but a little bit short on time.
Even if you only have the tiniest of urges to learn about New Zealand’s history, a visit to the Auckland Museum and Institute needs to be a staple of your Auckland itinerary. Conveniently located a short stroll from downtown Auckland, the Auckland Museum and Institute is located in the sprawling Auckland Domain and is surrounded by peaceful parkland and shaded walking paths.
The subterranean Waitomo Caves are justifiably one of the most popular visitor attractions on the North Island. It’s believed that local Maori knew of the caves’ existence, although no one would dare venture inside for fear of what unknowns might potentially lie within. All of this changed, however, when a local Maori chief by the name of Tane Tinorau and the English surveyor Fred Mace ventured in to the caves in 1887. Once inside, the two explorers were greeted with a celestial scene of thousands of glowworms illuminating the ceiling and a navigable river meandering deeper into the unknown. Having made this discovery it didn’t take long for the caves system to be further explored, and in only a few years tourists were being led through the otherworldly caves in exchange for a very small fee.
n a city where shoreline pedestrians can swarm by the hundreds, few, if any, would believe that there are white sand beaches in Auckland where you can go for a stroll and leave behind the only set of footprints. Granted, it’s going to take a little bit of effort to get there, but there is one Auckland suburb that is miles away–both geographically as well as metaphorically–from anywhere else found back in the city. This suburb, of course, is the sparsely-populated and rarely-visited Great Barrier Island.