Take the ferry to either Waiheke to visit its many fine wineries or Rangitoto to walk to the summit of an extinct volcano. Both islands are in the middle of the Hauraki Gulf, within sight of Auckland.
Eat to the beat
Sample the food, wine, craft beer and nightlife in Ponsonby, Wynyard Quarter, Britomart or the Viaduct, where countless new bars, restaurants and clubs, not to mention a great many shops, have burst onto the scene.
Up, up and away
Ascend the 328m Sky Tower to enjoy an expansive view of Auckland, dinner or a drink at The Sugar Club, Sky Lounge or Orbit revolving restaurant, or to get your thrills on the SkyWalk or SkyJump.
On the beach
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of West Coast beaches like Muriwai, Bethells, Whatipu, Anawhata, Karekare or Piha, which are about 40km from Auckland. Be part of the tradition of going for a swim or surfing followed by a meal of fish and chips on the beach.