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Auckland Travel Guide

Auckland Sports & Activities

Aucklanders love sport, whether as spectators or participants. The nation’s psyche is embedded in rugby—where men (most of the time) chase an elliptical ball around hoping to land it under goal posts to score what is known as a try. The city is home to two rugby teams—the Auckland Blues and the North Harbour team known as Harbour.

For those not in love with rugby there is soccer and, in summer, cricket. Increasingly, more people are taking up cycling and mountain biking, and it’s easy to rent a bike. For many women the big sport is netball, which is akin to basketball. As it is played in skimpy uniforms, it does tend to attract a male audience. There are a number of venues around the city.

For those who prefer water sports, Auckland has plenty of sailing, surfing, and kite-surfing. Beaches—commonly categorized as east, west, or north—generally have great views and are good for walking. The eastern beaches, such as those along Tamaki Drive on the south side of the harbor, are closer to the city and don't have heavy surf. West-coast black-sand beaches are popular (and hot) in summer, and can have rough seas with sudden rips and holes. (Surfboards can be rented at Muriwai and Piha.) And across Waitemata Harbour from the city, a chain of magnificent beaches stretches north as far as the Whangaparoa Peninsula.

Biking

Auckland can be good for cycling if you stick to certain areas, such as around the waterfront. With a road bike, you can join a "bunch ride...

Boating and Sailing

If you're in Auckland in February, be sure to check out the Auckland Anniversary Regatta ( www.regatta.org.nz ). The Yachting New Zealand website...

Bridge Adventures

AJ Hackett Bungy—Auckland Harbour Bridge. The only bungy (New Zealand spelling for bungee) jumping in Auckland, this company operates off the...

Golf

Chamberlain Park Golf Course. This 18-hole public course in a parkland is a five-minute drive off Northwestern Motorway (Route 16) from the...

Hiking

Tāmaki Hikoi. For a Māori perspective on Auckland, take this walking tour with guides from the local Ngati Whatua tribe, who tell ancient stories...

Kayaking

Ferg's Kayaks. Instead of taking the ferry to Rangitoto, why not paddle? Ferg's Kayaks, run by four-time Olympic gold medal winner Ian Ferguson...

Running

Auckland's favorite public running route is Tamaki Drive, a 10-km (6-mile) route that heads east from the city along the south shore of Waitemata...

Sports Venue

Eden Park. The city's major stadium is the best place (in winter) to see New Zealand's sporting icon: the All Blacks, one of the best rugby...

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