Auckland Shore Excursions
The Waterfront Promenade is an attractive harbourside walk linking a series of open plazas and broad footpaths. Directly from the cruise ship pier, start by heading around the Viaduct Basin. This is a lively harbour, with gorgeous yachts, waterside cafes, colourful stalls, and street entertainers. Then follow the vintage tramline along North Wharf, to pass contemporary buildings, modern sculptures (two great pieces – ‘Wind Tree’ and ‘Sounds of the Sea’), and more bars/cafes. Finish up at Silo Park in the Wynyard Quarter where you can take in the amazing view from the gantry.
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
New Zealand’s foremost visual arts space, the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki showcases the country’s art, heritage, and culture. Explore the work of New Zealand’s most famous artists including Colin McCahon, Gottfried Lindauer, Gretchen Albrecht, and Charles F Goldie. There’s a welcoming café for a refreshing break. Or as an alternative to the café, retreat to a quiet corner of Albert Park (which surrounds the Gallery) for a picnic.
Sky Tower is Auckland’s most recognisable landmark, rising to an astonishing 1076ft (328m). You can travel up the tower on a glass fronted lift to a spectacular viewing platform. The more adventurous can walk around the outside with a safety harness, or even experience an adrenalin fuelling bungie jump. It’s advisable to book online if you want to SkyWalk or SkyJump.
Centered on the cone of an extinct volcano, the enchanting The Domain is Auckland’s oldest park. See glasshouses with exotic tropical plants, a formal courtyard garden, a fernery nestled in a quarry, duck ponds, and bush walks. The Domain is situated about a mile south east from the cruise pier.
A short 10 minute bus ride along Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay is the closest urban beach from downtown Auckland so is very popular on a fine summer’s day. You’ll find a long white sandy beach with wonderful views over to the volcanic island of Rangitoto. Behind the beach there’s a grassy strip, and behind that a lively run of cafes and bars. The half-hourly bus service 767/769 connects Britomart Transport Centre (by the cruise pier) to Mission Bay.
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