Its not often working on yachts that you get the chance to live on land. However luckily for us the boat needed some serious tlc and after living in a small cabin for 3 years straight we needed some too, so we moved off the boat and into a top floor flat overlooking Auckland’s viaduct.
New Zealand had always been on my must go list so I was more than excited to be spending a bit of time living here and now nearly 3 months into this it has definitely ticked the boxes and I haven’t even been to the South Island yet…
With only a few more weeks left living in Auckland I have listed some of my favorite things to do here.
• Turn off Netflix for the evening and take a walk up to Mt Eden to watch the sunset over the city, because who doesn’t want to sit on the edge of a volcanic crater on a Tuesday evening…
• In the summer months, be sure to check out ‘Movies in the Park’, free outdoor films screened in and around the Auckland parks. For a chilled Friday hit the food trucks, leave room for popcorn and find a spot at Silo park.
• Living in Auckland is a perfect base for North Island weekend adventures, take an hour or so drive out of the city to the West coast, the Waitakere Ranges national park has loads of great hikes, waterfalls, picnic spots and dramatic black sand beaches to explore.
• A midweek evening isn’t complete in Auckland until you have tried one of the famous Giapo ice creams, their creations are possibly some of the best I’ve ever had. Take your pick of one of the many and wander down through Britomart, to Queens Wharf and around the Viaduct to burn off some of the sugar.
• Whether its lunch or dinner, pack a picnic, a blanket, some tunes and head to one of the city’s parks – both my favorites being the Domain or Cornwall Park, if you fancy a walk you can also head up to One Tree Hill from here.
• Get your fix of winederlust at Waiheke Island. Just a short ferry ride from the city, explore the many vineyards whilst taking in the islands beauty. If you want an easy day full with wine and food and limited exercise, hire some e-bikes to get you around without too much effort. Finish up with a dinner at Mudbrick, a great spot for sunset.
• In need of a lazy Sunday? head over to Devonport, this cute little town is great for wandering around the boutiques with coffee, ice cream and smoothie stops in between. Stay for a long seafood lunch and walk it off along the beach.
• There are 50 volcanoes in Auckland so I’ve been told (I’ve not had chance to count) although I have summited one of them, get the ferry over to Rangitoto Island and do the summit walk for views back over to Auckland. For a longer day, you can also walk the coastal route around the island.
• Eat and drink. Always. Having been here for nearly 3 months I have only just scratched the surface on the Auckland food and drink scene. To choose just one is tough but one of my favorite restaurants is Ortolana in Britomart, farm to table menu with a cute outdoor setting and my favorite bar with great cocktail that first springs to mind is Bedford and Soda in Ponsonby. This is a whole post in itself so I will leave the rest of the list for another day!
This list could be never ending so I will leave it at that for now!