Auckland Points Of Interest For Motorhome Holiday Makers
Auckland’s waterways have played a major role in its past, and will continue to do so in the future. But to gain a true appreciation for their enormity, it’s essential to get up high – and in this volcanically formed city, that’s not hard to do! There are several dormant volcanoes which are high looking hills hidden beneath a veneer of houses, bush and grass. And then there's Auckland’s centrepiece, the cloud-piercing Sky Tower. From its CBD base at Sky City Casino high-speed lifts whisk the willing directly to the top for dramatic views.
But for the best views of the CBD and the tower itself, hop aboard a downtown ferry for a 10-minute ride across the harbour to character-filled Devonport where colonial villas and bungalows preside, many accommodating cafés and boutique stores. Sandy beaches and a waterfront play park line its shores, and a steep hike up the volcanic cones of Mt Victoria and North Head, reveal fine views of downtown Auckland, Waitemata Harbour, and the Hauraki Gulf.
Activity-wise you’re spoiled for choice in Auckland. Attractions range from high adrenaline pursuits like climbing the Auckland Harbour Bridge and bungy jumping, to more sedate pastimes such as perusing exhibits at its wealth of museums and galleries – the NZ National Maritime Museum, War Memorial Museum and Auckland Art Gallery among them – or strolling through Albert Park’s Edwardian public gardens, or through the 185 acre Auckland Domain.
You can spy on sharks and penguins at Kelly Tarltons, hike through the rainforest of the Waitakere Ranges, cruise the island-dotted Hauraki Gulf, or shop ‘til you drop in edgy fringe suburbs like Parnell and Ponsonby.
Here are some of the other key points of interest which are well worth discovering on your Auckland Campervan Rental holiday
Auckland Museum and War Memorial
This was the first museum in New Zealand and was established in 1852. The collections include Maori and Pacific history but also social and military history. Picture collections and other artistic displays reveal the stories of long ago. The museum is also a war memorial dedicated to the 12 000 soldiers and citizens from Auckland who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars. There are two halls of memory which include the names of all those killed in battle during the 20th century. In front of the museum stands a monument which is a site of remembrance observed on Anzac Day each year.
Michael Joseph Savage Memorial & Bastion Point
The Michael Joseph Savage Memorial honors the first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand, Michael Joseph Savage and overlooks the Waitemata Harbour.
Museum of Transport and Technology
Known as “MOTAT,” the museum is the biggest transport and technology centre in New Zealand. With more than 300 000 items on display, MOTAT takes you on an interactive journey and you can discover the technological achievements that have helped mould New Zealand into the country it is today.
Views of Mount Eden (Maungawhau) Pa
Mount Eden is home to a historic Maori pa. The best way to discover the cultural heritage of the area is to join a walking tour with a Maori guide from the local Ngati Whatua tribe. The walks will showcase the archaeological features of the volcano, a lesson in Maori customs and stories from the tribe.
National Maritime Museum & Pride of Auckland
The maritime museum is one of the finest in the world and is divided into 14 unique galleries. The Pride of Auckland Company operates a fleet of sailboats around the Auckland Harbour. They offer dinner cruises and sailing exhibitions for all who are interested in enjoying the seas.
Puhoi Historic Village
This small village was built by Bohemian immigrants in the 1800’s. The village still stands today and consists of a church, which was the first building in the settlement, a hotel and a museum. The Puhoi Cottage Tea Rooms have been operating in the village for over a hundred years. This is one of the oldest tea rooms in the country with some of the largest scones in the world.
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