In this guide, we will reveal my three-day itinerary to discover the true magic that lies behind Auckland's skyscrapers.
Kia ora, New Zealand welcomes us to Tāmaki Makaurau, Māori name of Auckland. Do we immediately breathe a multi-ethnic climate, thanks also to the presence of the Māori, a Polynesian people present in this city? for at least 800 years.
Ethnic restaurants, alternative neighborhoods and pristine islands, do s? that this city? in addition to being the most? large of New Zealand, is also among the most? liveable in the world. Auckland, which stands on a volcanic area, creates a magical atmosphere for those who love the outdoors (without losing sight of the city, from its many vantage points).
We immediately visit the main square Aotea Square, to then stop at Albert Park, the public park that rises in the center of Auckland. After a first break, we arrive at the port, where the historic Ferry Building is located, the hub of the Auckland ferry network, but not only: here we get lost in fact among the numerous Oyster Bars, in particular The Shucker Brother, which serves the best oysters of Auckland.
Got a dessert break at this point? d? obligation and which place to name if not Island Gelato Company? An ice cream shop overlooking the port that offers a myriad of flavors: Pics Peanut Butter & Caramel, the name speaks for itself; Cold Press Coffee Affogato, coffee New Zealander coated with toasted almonds. Among the sorbets, I recommend Salted Passion fruit, passion fruit and coconut milk, yummy!
After having recharged ourselves with so much sweetness, we continue our walk towards the Viaduct Harbor, the port area, where you can admire the large yachts. Then we go to the Fish Market, and then let ourselves be tempted by a cold beer in one of the many trendy bars.
Between eating and drinking, our body starts to give way, but Auckland thinks of everything:? cos? that we discover the Lime Scooter, the electric scooter that can? be used by anyone who downloads the app. At this point, we opt to travel K? Road, the alternative street with vintage shops, tattoo artists and ethnic restaurants, which reaches the Ponsonby district.
An option to the chaotic way of K? Road,? reach the Auckland Domain, the largest park ancient city. Here we take the opportunity to visit the Auckland War Memorial Museum, a museum where you can discover the Maori culture and the history of New Zealand.
Behind a great day, a great evening hides and which location best describes the Auckland sunset if not the Sky Tower: it offers a 360 degree panorama from its 328 meters high and the cost of the ticket to go up? of $ 32. However, we book an aperitif at the Sugar Club, the place located at 53? Sky Tower floor, which includes access to the tower.
After the typical kiwi compulsion, consisting of avocado spread on bread and eggs or alternatively smoked salmon and rocket, we decide to visit Waiheke Island. About 40 minutes by ferry from the center, this? the main island of Auckland, famous mainly for its heavenly beaches and wineries.
To explore the island, I recommend renting a bike or a car and we opt for the latter, given the small difference in price. We immediately let ourselves be tempted by the wonderful sea and? cos? that we visit Palm Beach and Little Palm Beach: a small bay hidden by the rocks, which leaves us breathless (and I assure you that we trained to have a lot of it;)). IS? the time then to know the other side of Waiheke: we go so? towards Mudbrick Restaurant & Vineyard, which gives us a panoramic view of the Auckland Skyline. This prestigious winery, offers the possibility? to make tastings of typical wines of the area, accompanied by platters of cheeses and cold cuts.
On the last day in this lively city, we visit the North Shore district and in particular Devonport, a district not far from the city by ferry. Walking through the main street full of restaurants, we arrive first at Cheltenham Beach and then at Mt Victoria: the largest volcano? high of the area, from which you can? contemplate another breathtaking view of Auckland.
Towards the late afternoon, we take the bus that in about 20 minutes from Devonport takes us to another town on the North Shore, Takapuna. This resort? ? known not only for its beaches, but also for its bars, which range from fish and chips to Asian cuisine.
IS? time to get back on the road for our road trip. We greet Auckland with a? Haere ra? , remembering it among the cities? pi? beautiful of New Zealand.