When you travel to a new destination, you want to spend as much time as possible exploring the city and its attractions. But, sometimes travel times are limiting and don’t allow you the time to see everything. In circumstances where you have a limited amount of time, it is good to have a list of must-see items, so you don’t accidentally miss something that you will regret not seeing. So, if you have booked a stay at one of the hotels in Auckland, and your stay is shorter than you would like, make sure you visit these follow four attractions.
Tiritiri Matangi Island
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One of the amazing things about Auckland, New Zealand is the large variety of rare birds that inhabit the area. Take a short boat ride from Auckland to Tiritiri Matangi Island where the sweet sounds of birds surrounds you, and there are many nature areas to explore. Although you can get off the boat and spend the day exploring on your own, the best way to make sure you don’t miss any details is to take a guided walking tour. Tour guides will tell you about the plants, wildlife, and show you many endangered native birds.
Go Wine Tasting
Home to New Zealand’s oldest vineyards, Auckland has more than 100 different wineries to explore. Most of the wineries specialize in Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay, and offer tastes and smells you may not be familiar with. Although you may have limited time and not be able to visit them all, you would be remiss not to visit at least a few. In fact, you could incorporate your wine tasting into dinner or lunch by taking a wine tour that includes lunch or dinner.
Visit a Volcano
Did you know that there are 48 volcanic cones in Auckland? With so many possibilities, you need to take the time to visit at least one of the local volcanoes. Probably one of the most famous volcanoes in Auckland is One Tree Hill. A good option for not only seeing some volcanoes, but also seeing some city sites, is to take a tour. Auckland Highlights Half Day Tour is a raved-about tour of Auckland that takes visitors around to the city highlights, as well as to various volcanoes and beaches.
Tour the Auckland Museum
Last, but definitely not least, is the must-see Auckland Museum. The Auckland Museum is a true treasure with its vast amount of New Zealand history showcased in one place. There are multiple exhibits and displays. Although many museums focus on letting visitors see historic items but not touch, this museum recognizes that children, in particular, are more engaged by interacting with exhibits. Therefore, there are many interactive displays for children and adults to explore.
Yes, there are many more things to do and see in Auckland, but if you are not there long enough to do and see it all, be sure you at least check these off your list.
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