As one of the most liveable cities in the world, Auckland is a city that is fun to explore. We have stylish cafe, restaurant and bar options, great expansive beaches, vineyards and a wonderful harbour playground.
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The Sky Tower, the tallest building in Auckland at 328 metres, offers breathtaking views of the city and surrounding areas. Once up the tower, you can enjoy great views while dining, or if you are an adrenalin junkie, you can attempt the Sky Jumpoff. Sky City is also well known for quality dining and casino entertainment. You can hire a car from RaD Car Hire Auckland City and be at the Sky Tower in minutes.
There are plenty of beaches that are an easy drive from RaD Car Hire Auckland City. If you love the water and the beach, then how about a leisurely drive to Mission Bay or Takapuna. Both offer a great combination of sandy beaches, sea swimming, great restaurants and cafes and places to relax.
But also check out the iconic west coast black sand Auckland beaches. Karekare, Muriwai and Piha are approximately an hour's drive and well worth the trip in your RaD Car Hire hire car if you're wanting great surf, a sense of space and/or interesting walks.
Wherever you are in Auckland, you're not far from one of the many dormant volcanoes that pop up throughout the city offering further fantastic views and great walks. Two of the most special are Mt Eden and Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill) which are rich in natural beauty, exceptional views and historic significance. (And yes, One Tree Hill currently has a monument, and no tree)
In spring One Tree Hill is particularly beautiful with great clusters of daffodils sprouting everywhere and a number of lambs finding their feet.
PS: the dormant volcanoes erupted 140,000–150,000 years ago and are in no danger of causing any problems today.
The city is not all hustle and bustle; there are a number of parks and public areas perfect for recreation, family time and relaxation. The Domain, Victoria Park and Albert Park all provide space in which you can relax surrounded by greenery, birdlife and locals, while still within close proximity to down town Auckland. And of course One Tree Hill and Mt Eden and the other 'mounts' of Auckland also have plenty of spaces for picnics and sporting activities.
Auckland has a vibrant nightlife with classic comedy, fine dining, pubs and clubs all on the menu. The Viaduct harbour has some of the best world class restaurants dotted between the piers. Queen Street, Ponsonby Rd and Parnell Road also have excellent fine dining, night clubs and lively, quaint pubs. If you want a little more diversity Karangahape Road (K Road) offers even more variety.
In keeping with the adrenalin seeking nature of the locals there is a number of heart pounding activities in and around Auckland. The Sky Tower offers both the Sky Jump and the Sky Walks, both of which are unique to Auckland. The Harbour Bridge is home to the Auckland Bridge Bungee and the Bridge walk, absolute must do’s if a thrill is what you’re after.
Auckland has a rich heritage with many of the buildings reserving the status of heritage sites. Amongst the most popular of these would be The Civic Theatre, Auckland Town Hall and Auckland Museum. A little further afield the Mansion House, The Melanesian Mission House and MOTAT. Each of these are spectacular within their own right and form an essential part of Auckland’s story.
Auckland is home to some of the most beautiful Island destinations in New Zealand, with activities ranging from hiking and relaxing to wine tours and cruise trips. Three of the most accessible Islands are Waiheke Island, Rangitoto Island and Great Barrier Island. The first two are less than 45 minute ferry ride from down town Auckland. Waiheke is renowned for its beauty, beaches and vinyards; Rangitoto is more a haven for people wanting a good walk and interesting geographical features.