As the capital of New Zealand, Wellington is a fast-paced city which buzzes with a political and cultural energy. From Te Papa museum to the beaches of Oriental Bay, visitors could spend a number of days just acquainting themselves with the sights of the city center without feeling the need to go elsewhere. There comes a time, however, when locals and visitors both feel the need to escape the city for a bit, and some of the best day trips from Wellington are those which venture into the rural coastlines found just a short dive away.
It isn’t too often that you find ski resorts on South Pacific islands.
Yes, you can ski on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, although there aren’t any lifts and the conditions can be harsh. It will also occasionally snow in Papua New Guinea, although the snow is nothing more than frosty rock piles which tower over an equatorial jungle.
In New Zealand, however, the volcanoes of the North Island and the peaks of the Southern Alps make for a true ski destination which is the best in Oceania. Even for those who are living in the city, there is enough skiing around Auckland to justify keeping some skis and goggles ready at a moment’s notice.
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.