The iconic Sky Tower is a MUST SEE in Auckland and obviously not a hidden gem. The tower is part of the SKYCITY Auckland casino complex and is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand offering breathtaking 360-degree views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction. Sip a coffee at the Sky Lounge, enjoy a seafood feast at The Observatory or dine at Orbit – Auckland’s only revolving restaurant.
The Māoris, an Eastern Polynesian people, bring a real distinction to New Zealand culture. Te Hana Te Ao Marama is one of the biggest Maori Centres and is only few miles drive away from Auckland and includes the contemporary world of Te Hana’s Marae facilities, the ancient realm of Te Hana’s 17th Century Maori Village and the Model Pa site.
If you’re in Auckland between August and March watching the comings and goings of a busy gannet colony is a brilliant family activity. The views from the colony are amazing. Muriwai Beach extends 60 kilometres to the north – a line of black sand between the thundering surf and the sand hills. Far bellow, enthusiastic surfers look like seals on the large ocean swells.
Besides sailing and golf, if you are into sports,why not try tandem skydiving! There are several companies willing to pump up your adrenaline level. And after seeing Auckland from above round of the day with some famous New Zealand lamb washed down with some classic Hawkes Bay vino!
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