Lives in Queenstown, New Zealand
Since Feb 2015
35-49 year old female
I am an Australian/ Canadian/ New Zealander who has spent equal time in each country (and has a crazy accent as a result). My professional background was in PR...but that is going back a few years now! My passions? Really good food, books, art, hiking, foreign films & anything French (the more I can combine of these at once the better). I moved from Sydney Australia to marry a Kiwi and live amongst the mountains in Queenstown, New Zealand on the proviso that we would take frequent 'city fix' trips. It's an idyllic life in this beautiful resort town- I'm not complaining- but I am a city girl at heart. 14 years on, three daughters later, we are fortunate enough to be able to make regular visits to Auckland. Whether it's for work, dining, shopping, sporting events, shows, family catch-ups, taking romantic couple time out from the kids, or an escape with my girlfriends, I seem to find myself in this sparkling city all the time and know it intimately.
Military Museums, History Museums, Speciality Museums
Bodies of Water
Nature & Wildlife Areas, Ballets, Aquariums
Scenic Walking Areas, Piers & Boardwalks
History and culture buffs won't be disappointed with the impressive display of relics, art, flora and fauna, and much more housed in NZ's most outstanding historical building. This is the place to explore NZ history and introduce yourself to the Maori legends and treasures of times gone by. Collections include Human History, Natural Science, Pacific Island, and the War Memorial Gallery, as well as special temporary exhibitions. A terrific educational destination for children, there are also regular activity programs and interactive displays.(My children love the volcano exhibition as well as the Earthquake House that shakes!) For a taste of what is was like for the early European settlers, this is a must do!
This charming seaside village is only a 10-minute ferry ride from the city. While away the day at one of the many cafes along the main street, most of which are housed in beautiful historical buildings. Check out the small art galleries, boutiques, and parks, and then take a walk along the harbor-side to North Head and visit the Torpedo Bay Naval Museum or meander along Cheltenham Beach. You'll feel like a local here in no time.
Kids - and kids at heart - will enjoy the assortment of marine activities on offer here. Get up close and personal with large penguins wandering around on real snow, or view sea life going about its business through large glass partitions. Explore the Shark Mission, Seahorse Kingdom, and Shipwreck Discovery zones, as well as interactive stations that give you a taste of the relationship over time between NZ and Antarctica. Kids will love the talks and fish feeding time in particular — check the schedule for the day's activities.
Waiheke is an island of vineyards, restaurants and pristine beaches only 35 minutes from Auckland by ferry. Hit the beach at Little Oneroa, Palm Beach, or Onetangi for a slice of local life. The village of Oneroa is great for shopping and gifts, cafes, and restaurants located all along the main street. Plus, explore the internationally acclaimed wineries like Cable Bay for a cellar door and lunch experience.
Ruggedly beautiful with dramatic surf, day trippers love this popular stretch of beach in the Waitekare Ranges to Auckland's west. The black volcanic sand attracts the heat making it warm underfoot. I suggest a picnic and lashings of sunscreen because you will want to settle in for the day and watch the surfers get punished!
A short walk from the Viaduct Harbor, the new urban regeneration of this wharf area known as the Wynyard Quarter is attracting a lot of buzz. It is made up of eateries, parks and bars alongside a bustling working port. There is a sustainability vibe about the place with a community garden, the Wind Tree public art sculpture, rain gardens, bicycle lanes, and Auckland's latest 'green' street. Walkways like the North Wharf Promenade lead you from Wynyard Crossing bridge - that separates the Viaduct Harbor and this emerging zone - right through to Silo Park, which is used for public events and weekend markets. Wander down Jellicoe Street which runs parallel to the harbor to get to the heart of this unique precinct. This is a real find, as many visitors still don't know it exists!
Ponsonby is Auckland's hippest neighborhood, with a distinctly quirky vibe. Head to Ponsonby Central for a different approach to eating and shopping, where the laneways are filled with boutiques, unique gift stores, pop up shops, organic produce, and cafes. And don't forget to explore the small shops, galleries and cafes along Ponsonby Road to get an ever full picture of the neighborhood.
This is New Zealand's largest stadium, and the place for sporting fans to catch an All Black rugby game or perhaps a cricket match.
Experience a perfect day at Auckland's most popular beach. This picturesque spot is blessed with soft white sand, views across the harbor, cafes, and shops all within 100m and just a short ferry ride from the city. Choose from one of the many water activities on offer or simply relax and take in the vistas of Rangitoto Island. Places to walk are abundant if you get tired of laying around on the beach. What's not to love?