No wonder why Auckland is every year on top of the ranking of cities with best quality of life. The location is superb, the city has a modern downtown, but also a huge amount of green areas, walkways and bicycle lanes. The weather is the best in the country, unemployment rates are low and cultural and leisure activities are very easy to find: there are all kinds of restaurants, shops and festivals. It is known as the City of Sails for the many sailboats there. There are beaches, great opportunities to watch or practice sport and, of course, surrounding nature. It is true that it does not have the great attractions other cities do, but slow travelers can find in Auckland an amazing city.
Using ferries, you can access the parks and nature reserves in Devonport, Waiheke Island, Rangitoto Island and Tiritiri Matangi.
In the city we will go from north to south. Being our starting point the Britomart Transport Center, the first thing we find is the Viaduct Harbour Avenue. This walk allows you contemplate the bay and the skyline.
We continue south along Queen Street, the main street, up to the SKY TOWER. It is one more of those many towers (Toronto CN Tower, Tokyo Sky Tree or Kuala Lumpur Tower are other examples) built to become a landmark building of the city.
Towards the middle of Queen Street is Aotea Square, designed to hold public events, with capacity for 20,000 people.
From Aotea, southeast is one of the best considered attractions that personally I did not visited, the Auckland Museum and War Memorial. Not only is a war museum, it is also the Region and Natural History Museum. It is located in a beautiful neoclassical building in the middle of Auckland Domain, one of the largest parks in the city. It is free for residents, but visitors have to pay NZ $ 25. Open from 10 am to 5 pm from Monday to Saturday. From Aotea takes about 30 minutes on foot. Alternatively you can use the Outer Link or Inner Link bus (see PRACTICAL INFORMATION).
Southbound is another major attraction, the view of the city from the top of Mount Eden. It takes about 45 minutes walk from Aotea or 20 using the Outer Link. Personally, I quite liked it.
Much further south is another highly acclaimed park, Cornwall Park, considered by many the most beautiful in the city, and I did not visit it either, I’ll have to go back… which is adjacent to One Tree Hill, another large park with an obelisk on the main hill, forming the two of them combined the largest green area in Auckland’s metropolitan area.