Auckland is a metropolitan city in New Zealand and is known to be the most populous city in the entire country. Surrounded by the Hauraki Gulf facing the Pacific Ocean and many mountain ranges, along with a warm climate and various attractions, Auckland has become one of the top tourist destinations in the entire New Zealand. It has many natural attractions as well as man-made ones. Let’s take a look at some of Auckland’s tourist attractions.
Bush and Beach Hobbiton Express
Not many people may know this, but actually New Zealand was the site where the entire Lord of the Rings movie trilogy was shot. An upcoming film, The Hobbit, was also shot in New Zealand, not too far from Auckland, making for a nice day trip. In the Bush and Beach Hobbiton Express, you get to see the actual set of the film. One will see the actual Hobbit houses and feel as if you are part of the actual film. On top of visiting the set, you get a free souvenir to remind you of your “adventure”. More here.
SkyCity is another great place to visit when you are in Auckland. This location is famous of the tallest tower in the entire New Zealand measuring up to 1,076 feet. When you get on top of the tower, you get a 360 view of the entire city even up to 80 kilometers away from the base of the tower. There are also many fine dining restaurants in SkyCity that offers delicious gourmet and breathtaking view of the entire city especially during at night.
Zest Food Tours
Food lovers get to treat themselves with the different dishes and meals from different restaurants and food establishments in the city. The food establishments are all are different from each other, thus you get to taste a different menu every time. Beautiful ambience, great views and good service adds up to the beautiful food treat.
Brick Bay Wines and Sculpture Trail
If you want to feel what it’s like to be on the countryside, then this is the perfect place to visit. Few miles away from the city, this spot will surely take you away from the noise and pollution of a busy city. You can visit the vineyard, feel the warm New Zealand sun and get to taste their wine fresh from the vineyard itself. You can also do hiking along the trails if you opt to.
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