Auckland lives up to its ‘City of Sails’ nickname – it’s even the home turf of America’s Cup sailing races. You’ll be surrounded by luxury with superyachts docked in the city’s two large harbours. You can take a trip to Hauraki Gulf and its stunning surrounding islands, enjoy sipping fine wines at Waiheke Island, which has 30 wineries and vineyards, bask in the sun at Muriwai Beach, and even go kayaking at sunset Rangitoto.
To ensure you have a memorable hens getaway in Auckland, we have compiled a list of the top ten things you should do when visiting this city famed for its beautiful landscapes and rich culture.
Sail Around Auckland
Kick back and relax as you take an ocean cruise for three hours through Auckland’s two stunning harbours. The cruises allow 30 guests, and there’s delicious food onboard, plus a $500 bar tab, so the drinks will be free flowing as you sail around the city’s waters. There are great entertainment options onboard, including live music, karaoke, and drag queens. But best of all – there’s a hunky hot topless waiter catering to your every whim.
Experience Magical Views from the Iconic Sky Tower
The Sky Tower is one of Auckland’s most visited attractions. Sitting at 328m high, it is the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere and has been the focal point of Auckland for 25 years now. With incredible 360° views of Tāmaki Makaurau, you can choose from many fine dining options as you enjoy the breathtaking sights.
Head To Waiheke Island for Wine Tours
For the ultimate indulgent experience, why not head to Waiheke Island, known as the ‘island of wine’? You can catch a ferry from Auckland (it’s only a 40-minute ride) and spend a few hours or maybe a weekend touring the various wineries and vineyards. There are great restaurants and beaches to explore, and a wine-tasting lunch is a must for any hens celebration.
Enjoy A Kayaking Sunset Session
Kayaking from sunset into the night to Auckland’s most iconic island, Rangitoto, is a must-do activity. Your senses will be awakened as the colour of the sky changes as you paddle onto the Pacific Ocean. You’ll feel at peace with the world as you witness nature in all its glory in the middle of the ocean. This is one experience you’ll never forget.
Auckland Bridge Bungy Jump
If you’re an adrenaline junkie, a 40m plunge for Auckland Bridge should satisfy your thrill-seeking thirst. Take the leap of faith as so many others have before you and free-fall towards the ocean with stunning views. And as a bonus, you can dip your head in the sea when the jump climaxes. You’ll be provided with spectator photos and videos to remind you of your bucket list adventure.
Get Up Close and Personal with Animals at Auckland Zoo
Sitting on 17 hectares of lush parkland, Auckland Zoo is home to the most extensive collection of wildlife in New Zealand. Just minutes from Auckland, the Zoo features 130 species and over 2800 animals. Expect to see elephants, rhinos, giraffes, lions, red pandas, and exotic birds. The Zoo’s motto is “to bring people together to build a future for wildlife”. It’s easy to see why it’s one of Auckland’s major tourist attractions.
Waiheke Island Land Adventures
If an action-packed experience is what you are seeking, then a Waiheke Island Adventure Centre will be right up your alley.
You can hop on electric mountain bikes for a guided tour along bush tracks, explore the beaches and gasp in the glory of spectacular 360-degree views over Waiheke. If biking isn’t your thing, try team games of bumper ball or try your hand at mini golf, playing a 9-hole course around Waiheke.
Horse Ride to Muriwai Beach
Saddle up for your next adventure by embarking on a horseback trek through the trails to the black sands of Muriwai Beach. It’s a great way to return to nature as you wind through scrubland, tree tunnels and the picturesque Woodhill Forest. One or two-hour treks are available, and if you have never been horseback riding, fear not – this activity is also suitable for beginners. It’s an experience second to none.
Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari
Embark on a 4.5-Hour eco cruise onboard the luxurious ‘Dolphin Explorer’ exploring the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. You’ll have the opportunity to encounter marine wildlife, catching a glimpse of whales, dolphins, seals, turtles and rare seabirds. The tour takes you along the pristine waters as you witness the marine wildlife in their element, and as you head back, enjoy lunch at the licensed café and bar.
Immerse Yourself in Art
Auckland is brimming with art galleries, so there’s a wide array of institutions to choose from. However, visiting Toi o Tāmaki is a must, given it’s a major Auckland attraction. It is the largest art institution in New Zealand and houses a collection of 15000 works from local icons, featuring a fusion of historical and contemporary pieces.
Auckland offers something for everyone to explore and a trip to the city will leave you in awe.