“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”
Hello all ye lovely people! Hope you are all having an amazing week so far. We are here with another edition of The Luggage Professionals' Wanderlust Wednesday, taking you to another picturesque destination and giving you day dreams for your next destination!
While there are lots of gorgeous destinations in our own beloved country, we thought of going international this time and steered our boats towards the beautiful New Zealand. Although the entire country is awesome and has many, many places where you can go and have an awesome time, let's start with Auckland.
Based around 2 large harbours, Auckland is a major city in New Zealand's North Island and also the largest. A stunning destination, Auckland offers a host of activities for both the adventure seeker and also for those looking for some peace and quiet. Whatever it is of the two, read on to find out some of the best things to do in Auckland while you're there.
Auckland Art Gallery: Let us start you off with the art gallery that not only hosts some of New Zealand's best art but is quite a splendid destination in itself. The gallery is housed in a magnificent building that is quite the sight and also won Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore in 2013. Entry is free and the gallery is open daily from 10AM to 5PM. It also has an art shop from which you can buy pretty trinkets that are hand-made, art prints and lots of other merchandise.
Waiheke Island: Visiting Waiheke Island is a must when you're in Auckland. A 35 minute ferry ride away from downtown Auckland, the island itself offers tons of things to do. There are pristine sandy beaches at Oneroa, Palm Beach and more where you can go for a swim or simply take a walk on the beach, enjoying the clear blue waters. Head to the excellent vineyards where you can taste various kinds of wines, exploring the wide range of flavors they offer. In fact, include at least one full day, including the night for Waiheke in your trip to Auckland to fully enjoy the island.
Waitakere Ranges: A 40 minute drive away from Auckland's City centre, the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park is as bewitching as it is large. With a thriving native wildlife and rainforest, a picturesque coastline and black sand beaches, the park is an amazing place to spend a day in. The park offers more than 16,000 hectares of lush rainforest and coastline and over 250 kilometers of walking tracks for you to enjoy. Take a walk through the native flora and fauna and marvel at nature's wonders. The rainforest also has some marvelous waterfalls, namely the Kitekite Falls, Fairy Falls and Karekare Falls which you should definitely head to while there. Visit this page for more information on how to get to the park and other important things.
Cornwall Park: Situated on the volcanic cone of One Tree Hill (which is also a place you must head do when in Auckland!), Cornwall Park is quite spectacular, huge and perfect to have a relaxing day amidst its beautiful landscapes. Take a walk around the park on its numerous walking tracks, sit under the big old oak tress to have a picnic and of course, check out the view from the One Tree Hill view point. The park has quite an old history, with a Maori influence dating back to the 1700s and pieces of Maori architecture can still be seen scattered around the park.
Bethells Beach: You cannot miss this amazing black sand beach on while you're in Auckland. A fairly quiet beach with stunning views, this is the place to go to for enjoying long walks on the beach. Situated on the west coast, Bethells Beach also has an interesting history to it, which you can read about here.
Mount Eden: Auckland's highest natural point, Mount Eden is an extinguished volcano that offers breathtaking views of the city and is definitely worth the arduous walk to the top. Do not miss it when you're in Auckland for the panoramic views of the city that the top offers are absolutely stunning and make for great pictures too!
Auckland Museum: If you're a history buff, then a visit to Auckland's Museum is a must. With a striking architecture that is amazing on the first sight, the museum offers a comprehensive selection of exhibits displaying both European and Maori history, with key focus on the Maori and Pacific Island exhibits. There are many rare and well-preserved artifacts in the museum that offer an insight on the trials and tribulations of the people that lived here.
Karangahape Road: Head here to catch a different kind of New Zealand. The locals swear by it and will definitely guide you here if you are looking for thrift style shops to gather some vintage clothes for yourself. If you want to shop till you drop and enjoy a rustic sort of atmosphere, 'K road' is the place to head to!
Queen Street: To catch Auckland's pulse, head to Queen Street; the main street that is also the hub of the city centre. Restaurants, Pubs, Cafes and designer shops are lined across each side of the street and this is also one of the best places to go to if you want to enjoy Auckland's vibrant nightlife. While you're there, head to Sky tower for a mind-blowing view of Auckland.
Devonport: A 10 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, Devonport is one of the oldest harbourside suburbs of Auckland. You can catch a glimpse of Auckland's history in the wooden colonial villas of the 1700s and 1800s that line the streets. Take a stroll along the beach fronts and enjoy the rich heritage that this suburb has to offer. With various old style cafes and shops lining the streets, take a walk on Victoria road and it will lead you to Mount Victoria, where you get remarkable views of this historic suburb.
For the adventure lovers, Auckland also offers various sports such as Skyding, Bungee Jumping and countless water activities or you can do the sky jump from the Sky Tower in central Auckland. You can take a road trip on the coastal Tamaki Drive that offers some fabulous sights! Apart from these, there are various other destinations in Auckland that will also interest you such as the Auckland Zoo, Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium and Auckland Harbour.
Well, this is it for this Wanderlust Wednesday Edition. Have you ever visited Auckland before? What are your suggestions for the first-time visitors to Auckland?
And as always, Happy Travelling!
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