When I told people in Wellington the only other place in was visiting was auckland I was met with sympathetic expressions and questions of why. For me the answer was simple I’m researching leadership in disability in couldn’t come to new Zealand and not meet be accessible (a separate blog will follow) and they are based in Auckland.
As a tourist i approached my visit to Auckland with a sense of dred after the high of Wellington. People’s reaction to Auckland made me lower my expectations but having been here for just over a week I can’t help but feel auckland doesn’t deserve the dreary reputation it’s acquired.
Auckland is a city , not particularly beautiful but it doesn’t need to be. Auckland is the biggest city in new Zealand home to around a third of the country’s population and it’s clearly the commercial capital of new Zealand.
Auckland is a massive change from Wellington it is fast, loud, big and unavoidably hilly. We have used buses without issue to get everywhere in Auckland because the hills are insurmountable in a manual wheelchair.
We also hired a car for some of our visit to enable us to see some of the surrounding countryside and it was worth it.
In Auckland we have been to
- The art gallery
- The harbour
- The zoo
- One tree Hill
- Cornwall park
- The sky tower
With the car we also visited
- Waitakere ranges
- Manakua head lighthouse
For me the drive around Piha and seeing live kiwis at auckland zoo were my highlights as it was possible to get close up.
It might not have the warmth of Wellington but it has a wide variety of things to do and with easy access to scenery like this..
It’s definitely worth a stop.