You are scheduled to arrive on Friday 20th December and therefore, quite understandably, the family we need time to rest and rejuvenate.
If you would all like to visit the Auckland War Memorial Museum, there is the Maori cultural show which is really worth purchasing a ticket. It is the perfect welcome to Auckland that includes the famous Haka dance and will leave you feeling very welcome.
Experience a vibrant glimpse of Māori culture in an engaging performance that takes you on a journey through the story of Aotearoa New Zealand and Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. The Museum’s performance is recognised as being one of the best in New Zealand and culminates with a spine-tingling version of the world-famous haka.
The only venue in Auckland providing daily Māori cultural performances, the Museum’s offering is recognised as being one of the best in New Zealand.
After the show, stick around and be sure to take the opportunity to meet, talk and take photos with members of the group. Our cultural group is here under the blessing of Ngāti Whātua, our local iwi (tribe) and people of this land.
Performances are available three times a day and last for 30 minutes. An additional performance at 2:30pm is available from November to March. To make it easier for you to explore your Museum we have bundled together your cultural experience with general admission into a Tūī Package and with general admission and the Highlights Tour into a Moa Package.
Bookings recommended at ticket desks, +64 9 306 7048 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
My second suggestion is the Auckland harbour area just across Victoria Park from where you are staying. Packed with good restaurants, great sights, sounds and smells, the Auckland Fish Market is the perfect venue to grab a famous gelato, some good food, and a beer.
22 Jellicoe St, Freemans Bay, Auckland 1010
If you and the family fancy a seaplane flight, then I would highly recommend blowing the cobwebs away with a flight over the harbour with Auckland Sea Planes.
Make your visit to Auckland Harbour an unforgettable one by experiencing a unique flight over New Zealand paradise.
You can embark on our 8-seater, De Havilland Beaver floatplane and cruise into the heart of the City of sails, the Auckland Harbour.
With seat-belts strapped down and a “telly-ho, here we go!”, you will be soaring over the majestic Auckland City in no time.
The beautiful city views will soon be transformed into breath-taking coastal vistas of the Hauraki Gulf in the Pacific Ocean.
Your experience continues as you learn about the history of the Auckland region while soaking in the magical views of Rangitoto, Motutapu and Waiheke Island with its award-winning vineyards and sandy beaches.
Before experiencing an exhilaration water landing in the Auckland Harbour you will take in the picturesque views of the Auckland Skyline and colossal Sky Tower.
End your adventures with a relaxing cruise along the Harbour back to the dock.
Places to avoid in my humble opinion is…
Queen Street – Although the most famous of streets in Auckland it is simply just shops and not very interesting. I would also suggest that although everyone wants to go to the Sky Tower, it is expensive and yes it is a great view of Auckland but the quality is not great and I would not recommend you eat there.
However, O’ Connol street is worth a walk up and in particular, my colleagues run Cahn and Finlay a boutique wine merchant there so do pop in and say hello and maybe pick up a bottle of something from New Zealand to savor.
Mission Bay is just along the road from Auckland and an electric bike ride is a perfect way as a family to experience the flat footpaths and a gentle but scenic ride where the city meets the sea.
Sail on an America’s Cup yacht for a short time…
Within walking distance from your hotel, you can jump on board and take a couple of hours of the wind blowing the travel cobwebs away
Places to eat…
Amano – fantastic food and atmosphere and a twenty-minute walk.
Giraffe by Simon Gault a famous chef here in Auckland
A really great activity is to jump on the downtown ferry and take the 20-minute ferry to Devonport. This is a great way to view the city skyline and there are heaps of gorgeous walks, eateries and the old world war two tunnels to walk through. Easy and cheap but means you get a flavour of Auckland on your first day.