Travel Tips: Five things to do when in Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland Harbour.
Auckland Harbour.ST PHOTO: MARCEL LEE PEREIRA

Waiheke Island


Lavender growing at a vineyard on Waiheke Island. ST PHOTO: MARCEL LEE PEREIRA

Just 35 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland, Waiheke Island is home to over a dozen vineyards, many of whom welcome visitors with wine tasting sessions all year round. There are also several olive groves which produce a wide range of olive oils.

VIDEO: How to pick a good bottle of extra virgin olive oil

After indulging, visitors can try their hand at zip lining, archery, clay pigeon shooting, and horse riding, among other activities.
http://www.newzealand.com/int/waiheke-island/

Britomart


Shops at Britomart. ST PHOTO: MARCEL LEE PEREIRA

The Britomart precinct on Auckland’s waterfront is a collection of eclectic eateries, bars and boutiques, many of them located in historical buildings that have been restored. The quaint area is home to some of New Zealand’s top designers, including Trelise Cooper, Karen Walker, Kate Sylvester and Zambesi. 
http://britomart.org/

Auckland Adventure Jet

Forget a relaxing cruise. Take a heart-pumping tour of the Auckland Harbour at speeds of over 90kmh in a souped up jetboat. Your skipper will tell you all about the sights as he executes daredevil turns and tricks. Be prepared to get wet. 
http://www.aucklandadventurejet.co.nz/

Auckland War Memorial Museum


Amo, or corner posts, from a pataka (raised storehouse), one of the many Maori artifacts at the Auckland Museum. ST PHOTO: MARCEL LEE PEREIRA

Built in 1929, the Auckland Museum is New Zealand’s first museum. It holds a wide range of indigenous Maori artefacts and collections from Polynesia and the Pacific. A treasure trove for culture and history buffs.
http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/

Auckland SkyJump/Harbour Bridge bungy 


PHOTO: AJ HACKETT BUNGY NEW ZEALAND

 

Try the Auckland SkyJump, or take a plunge from a pod suspended from the Auckland Harbour Bridge, 40m above the glittering Waitemata Harbour. 

http://skywalk.co.nz/ 
http://www.bungy.co.nz/auckland-bridge/auckland-bridge-bungy