News just in, it’s officially spring! While most of us are feeling dazed and confused about where the year has gone, we couldn’t be happier with the promise of warmer and longer days the season of spring is set to bring. It’s time to ditch those winter woollies and start planning an escape in the City Of Sails this spring.
Get the most out of your stay with our Top 10 Things To Do in Auckland this Spring.
1# Climb up a Volcano
Did you know that Auckland is home to 48 volcanoes? This is one of the main things that provide a truly unique landscape and some amazing views. Mount Eden is a crowd favourite among the many with it’s close proximity to the city centre— If you are looking to take some photo-worthy shots of Auckland city and the iconic Sky Tower or enjoy a stunning sunset, then this is the place to be.
2# See Spring Lambs at Cornwall Park
The true arrival of spring is synonyms with the first lambs of the season. If there’s any season which you must visit Cornwall Park, it’s spring- because who doesn’t want to see cute baby lambs frolicking around the grass fields! Spend an afternoon exploring the expansive urban parklands offering lots to see & do. See daffodils and cherry blossom trees a bloom, stroll around the park, walk up One Tree Hill grab a bite to eat at The Cornwall Park Cafe or maybe an icy treat at the Creamery.
3# Day trip to Matakana
This charming small village located just 45 minutes from Auckland provides the perfect spot for a day trip. Visit Matakana on a Saturday morning and you will find delicious artisan foods and fresh organic produce at the Village Farmers’ Market . Continue your day with a with a visit to Matakana’s newest attraction, the Sculptureum. This sculpture park features a unprecedented display of world-class creativity spread across six gardens and galleries. After you experience the Sculptureum indulge in lovely long lunch next door at Rothko Restaurant, or alternatively head to one of the nearby boutique wineries and dine amongst the vines.
4# Go Wine Tasting on Waiheke Island
For such a little island Waiheke Island packs some serious activity punch. The Isle of Wine, is one of Auckland’s most popular and accessible islands, located just a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Surrounded by white sand beaches and crystal blue waters (with very few sharks, this isn’t Australia), it is the perfect place to go hungry and sober and leave full and a little tipsy – maybe. Try out Mudbrick Vineyard, The Oyster Inn, Wild on Waiheke (where else can you practice your archery skills while drinking?).
5# Visit the West Coast Beaches
While in Auckland you can’t miss the opportunity of exploring the West Coast with its black sand beaches, big waves and beautiful native bush. Piha, Muriwai and Bethells beach are the most popular to visit and Auckland must do beaches. If you’re looking to lace and up and add some physical activity into the mix, the Te Henga Walkway is an easy to intermediate track offering spectacular views overlooking the hanging cliffs and rugged widespread beaches.
6# Shop ’til you drop
It would be a shame to visit Auckland without flexing the plastic a little. Start on Britomart’s laneways where there are independent designers and big name brands. Auckland’s most loved department store, Smith & Caughey’s, which is a great place to pick up international cosmetics brand that are hard to find elsewhere. Then cross the road to High Street where New Zealand’s fashion designers and international labels hang out. Major international outlets such as H&M, Sephora and Mecca Cosmetica have recently become notable residents of Auckland’s Queen Street.
7# Eat your way around the La Cigale French Markets
If you are visiting Auckland during the weekend, make it a priority to visit Parnell’s La Cigale French-style Farmers’ Markets . The markets are held every Saturday from 8.00 am – 1.30 pm & every Sunday from 9.00 am – 1.30 pm. From organic fruit and vegetables, to quality artisan cheeses, meats, extra virgin olive oils, chutneys, freshly baked breads, buttery croissants, fresh out-of-the-oven French pastries and more— Be sure to pack your reusable shopping bag as there are lots of goodies to fill your bags.
8# Kitekite Falls
Enter the Waitakere ranges and travel west along the Kitekite track following the Glen Esk stream to the impressive Kitekite falls. Hop into the clear water pools at the top of the waterfall and get some serious spring snaps overlooking the ranges. Piha, one of Auckland’s most famous West Coast beaches is within close distance to Kitekite falls– why not make the trip worthwhile and visit both.
9# Rangitoto Island
Known as one of Auckland’s most iconic landmarks, a visit the volcanic island of Rangitoto provides a Jurassic Park like experience. Embark on a hike to the summit and enjoy some epic 360 views looking out to the Hauraki Gulf and across to the Auckland City skyline. Before you head back down, allow yourself time to explore the islands lava caves located on the eastern side down from the summit.
10# Visit the Zoo
Lions, tigers, giraffes, elephants, orangutans, birds, spiders … come and see these and much more at Auckland Zoo which has New Zealand’s largest collection of animals and is recognised as one of the most progressive zoos in the world. A winner of national and international environmental-related awards, it is home to 135 different species and over 1400 animals.