Top Highlights in Auckland

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Our days in Auckland, New Zealand were unfortunately quite rainy, so we did less than usual when we are in a city. However, Auckland is relatively small, so it is possible to see and do a lot in a short time.

Here’s the list of our Top Highlights in Auckland.

1. Take a ferry to Devonport

From the port (bus stop Britomart) you can get to Devonport by ferry in a quick forty minutes. The ticket costs $7.50 each way.

Tip: The ferry to Devonport is only $4.90 with the AT HOP Card.

In Devonport, you can see beautiful Victorian-style houses. Mount Victoria is absolutely worth the ascent! The view from the top is so awesome and you can see the fantastic skyline of Auckland.

Victorian Houses in Devonport, top highlights in Auckland
Victorian Houses in Devonport

What you also shouldn’t miss is a walk at Cheltenham Beach. From here you can walk to the North Head and see the old bunkers, which are leftovers from the Second World War.

Cheltenham Beach
Cheltenham Beach
Bunkers in Devonport at North Head
Bunkers in Devonport at North Head

2. Mount Eden

That was THE vantage point for us. Unfortunately, we were unlucky with the weather, because it rained heavily. But the 360° view is simply unsurpassed. The crater, which is overgrown with grass, is sacred, so please refrain from walking down into the crater.

Looking at Mount Eden and the city, top highlights in Auckland
Looking at Mount Eden and the city

We would also have liked to have returned here during the evening when the city is illuminated. If you have better weather than us, definitely go and see the city view at night.

View from Mount Eden
View from Mount Eden

3. One Tree Hill

Another ascent point with views as far as the eye can see is One Tree Hill. It is a nice walk that not only rewards you with a fantastic view of the city but also with sheep that graze on the hill.

Beautiful One Tree Hill, top highlights in Auckland
Beautiful One Tree Hill

4. Linger in Cafes

There are such sweet cafes in Auckland! On our first day, we went to a small coffee shop named Scarecrow. It is a shop in a shop cafe, in other words. Because, not only is there a nice selection of baked goods, breakfast, and coffee, but also candles, soaps, dish towels, and all sorts of other nice gift items to buy!

First breakfast in Auckland, top highlights in Auckland
First breakfast in Auckland
Coffee is always a good idea
Coffee is always a good idea

5. Discover the city by foot

Start at Kevin’s Arcade, and admire the replica of Michelangelo’s “Moses” in the adjacent park. Continue your walk along K-Street and meander through the countless second-hand shops you will find here. If you continue, you will arrive at Aotea Square. Visit the Auckland Art Museum and have a picnic in Albert Park afterward. Across the street from the park, you will see the tower clock at the university. Walk to the Sky Tower, and from there down to the harbor, and end your journey of discovery with a delicious cocktail at the harbor!

Kevin's Arcade
top highlights in Auckland
Kevin’s Arcade
Auckland harbour, top highlights in Auckland
Auckland harbor

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