Planning Your Time
Auckland is big, so plan ahead. Allow yourself three days to navigate the city.
Day 1: Go outdoors out west. The Waitakere Ranges' native forests provide easy walks. Bring walking shoes, a day pack, water, a raincoat, and a sweater. Stop at a West Coast beach, too.
Day 2: Go shopping in Newmarket or Ponsonby in the morning before ferrying to Waiheke Island to tour wineries and have dinner.
Day 3: Take in some adventure or culture. Sky Tower has high-flying city views. See Māori artifacts at Auckland War Memorial Museum, the latest exhibitions at the Auckland City Gallery, or get out of town for a game of golf.