Exploring Auckland

Initially three days in Auckland seemed like a lot, but it worked out ideal. Granted, we lost most of the first day due to arriving just after midday, picking up the hire car and making our way to our stay. Anyway, the below is a few locations we ventured to.

Eden park

Anyone who follows rugby (union) knows that Eden Park is the “home” of New Zealand rugby and the All Blacks. This was the “must-see” of Auckland for my partner, unfortunately all the experiences the stadium usually offers were not available while we were visiting due to the Womens World Cup. Instead we got tickets to watch the opening day which was such a fun environment. Well done to the organisers, it was a blast.

SKy City (Tower)

Basically the tallest building in Auckland, there’s a main observation deck which offers 360 degree views. If you are more adventurous you can book a SkyJump or SkyWalk or both.


Located within Sky City (buy the bundle ticket), I thought it would be a fun activity for my partner since we couldn’t do a behind the scenes tour of Eden Park. We were lucky enough to have a couple of Black Ferns players, who we saw in action the night before, on our tour with their families. This gave us a few extra little insights, but even if you are not a rugby fan this experience will give you chills at some point (facing a life size Haka did it for me).

Mt Eden

Head to the top of Mount Eden, a volcanic crater, to see some great views of Auckland and the surrounds. You can trek from the bottom or find a car park about half way up the summit, but the hill climb is worth it.