Piha Beach, on the wild Tasman coast, is famous for the Lion Rock vistas, black sand beaches, great surf and deadly rips. If you venture into the water, do so only between the lifeguard flags. Changing rooms, a shop and campground are available. If coming in summer, bring plenty of sunscreens and a hat as it can be blistering hot on the black sand. The beach is also spectacular on a wild, windy day. From north Piha, there are walking tracks to more secluded beaches.
Entourée d’eau, l’île Waiheke est la deuxième plus grande île du golfe d’Hauraki. Regorgeant de grottes, l’île se divise en plusieurs péninsules, formant sur la côte une série de baies tranquilles. Ses plages sont immaculées, faisant d’elles un choix populaire pour les pique-niques en famille. Les visiteurs peuvent également se promener sur les différents sentiers qui parsèment ses falaises et ses pentes. Waiheke abrite de nombreuses galeries d’art et installations sportives, ainsi qu’un cinéma, un théâtre et plusieurs vignobles. Les principales attractions de l’île incluent le parc régional Whakanewha, la galerie d’art communautaire de Waiheke, la baie d’Oneroa, la plage d’Onetangi, une série de cascades et la réserve de Pohutukawa.
Located in the heart of Piha's tropical forests is Kitekite Falls, a beautiful tri-level 40 meter (131 feet) waterfall that that flows into a pristine pool. After a comfortable trek through lush forests, visitors are rewarded with the sight of gorgeous white ribbons of cascading water bordered by tall towering trees and Nikau Palms. Take along a picnic and enjoy it on the banks of the pool after a refreshing swim. The adventurous can swim under the falls to emerge behind the sheet of tumbling water. This place is great for a casual hike or a picnic with family and friends and should not be missed.
Also known as Maungakiekie, One Tree Hill is a terrestrial elevation which is characterized by typical volcanic features like scoria cones. This volcanic peak was once marked by a single 120-year-old Totara tree at the top, which was later cut down leaving only the stump to mark its existence. The land is now interspersed with a few trees which were later planted by the Tupuna Maunga Authority in 2016. The summit of Maungakiekie features a very prominent obelisk, fronted by the statue of a Māori warrior, it's lofty perch granting a panoramic view of the surroundings. Underneath the obelisk lies the burial place of Sir John Logan Campbell, who was actively involved in the construction of this memorial to the Māoris. An elevated swathe of open land, One Tree Hill is an ideal location for stargazing.
S’élevant à 260 mètres d’altitude, Rangitoto est le plus grand et le plus jeune volcan d’Auckland. Sa dernière éruption remonte à il y a 600 ans, et il est recouvert de coulées de lave arides et de buissons se régénérant, y compris de vastes forêts de pohutukawa. Les vues depuis son sommet sont exquises par temps clair, donnant sur l’île Kawau au Nord, ainsi que la Grande Barrière et la Petite Barrière au Nord-Est. Rangitoto est accessible en ferry, et une promenade de 45 minutes sur un sentier bien entretenu vous mènera jusqu’à son sommet, à moins que vous préfériez un tracteur avec une remorque, que vous pourrez réserver en même temps que le ferry.
À seulement quelques pas à l’Est du centre-ville, l’Auckland Domain est le plus ancien parc municipal de Nouvelle-Zélande. Fondé en 1840 par le gouverneur Hobson, le Domain abrite le musée du mémorial de guerre d'Auckland, le jardin botanique et de fougères en plein air nommé Wintergardens, un kiosque dans lequel sont organisés des concerts gratuits le week-end en été, des sculptures, des boulingrins (terrains de jeu de boules sur gazon) et bien plus encore. Le Domain accueille d’immenses concerts comme « Coca Cola Christmas in the Park », rassemblant 300 000 personnes pour une nuit de musique et de feux d’artifice.
From Queen Street walk up Vulcan Lane to enter Auckland's "fashion central." The narrow and sometimes cobbled streets and alleyways are home to some of New Zealand's top designer labels including Kate Sylvester, Karen Walker, Zambesi and World. Bring all of your credit cards and check out top international labels such as Versace, in the new and very chic Chancery pedestrian mall. Chanel-suited women trot alongside gray office workers and designer dressed-down students - there's a bustling sidewalk café or restaurant to match all styles. Cross Victoria Street onto Lorne Street, for a more Bohemian flavor, including cool second-hand book stores and New Zealand-made arts and crafts. Turn left at the end of Lorne Street, past the New Gallery and the Auckland Art Gallery. Head back along Kitchener Street to complete a loop of Auckland's finest exhibiting art galleries. It must be time for that coffee back on High Street!
In the heart of Auckland is Vulcan Lane, a historic city street that offers visitors an intimate experience of the best local scene the city has to offer. Wonderful landmark buildings on either side of the street boast numerous restaurants, bars, cafes, and nightclubs, making this spot perfect for a fun night out. Belgian Beer is a popular spot for a range of delicious brews and Le Chef serves some delicious coffee and quick bites.
Located in the heart of Auckland, the St Patrick's Cathedral is one of the city's most revered places of worship that welcomes over three thousand devoted followers every week. The church was originally established by the first Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Jean Baptiste in the year 1841 and was built and designed by Australian architect Walter Robinson. This original building no longer survives, and major additions can be attributed to Edward Mahoney and his son, Thomas Mahoney. The current church is a fine specimen of mid 19th-century Gothic Revival architecture and features traditional Gothic-style windows, a prominent whitewashed spire and a very fine timbered ceiling that features immense wooden trusses. The cathedral was consecrated on the 1st of September 1963 by Archbishop Liston.
Home to nearly one-third of New Zealand's entire population, Auckland is a cosmopolitan city that thrives at the brink of the Hauraki Gulf. Its slender bounds are packed with natural landscapes, picturesque harbors, a renowned arts scene and a good quality of life. Known as the 'City of Sails', Auckland enjoys a dual harbor advantage that is unique to the city. While the Manukau Harbour sits on the Tasman Sea, the Waitemata Harbour is farther out into the Pacific Ocean. The city of Auckland, with its sophisticated outlook, booms with cultural diversity, which is visible in the museums dotting its streets, its interest in classical concerts and orchestra, and the arsenal of international and local festivals that are held here annually. Away from Auckland's pleasant bustle, the Waiheke Island on the gulf offers a relaxing respite and includes sparkling beaches and vineyards in its stunning landscape.