New to Auckland and wanting to explore a bit? Or perhaps you're Auckland born and bred but want some new ideas for adventures in your own city. Have a read below for our top four summer adventure activities!
Vector Wero Whitewater Park
If you're looking for a way to get your adrenaline fix and cool down at the same time look no further than the Vector Wero Whitewater Park in South Auckland. They boast two white water rafting courses.
They also have the world's largest man-made waterfall, and yes, you can go over it in a raft. For a slower pace, try a relaxing paddle on one of their standup paddle boards or a go in a kayak. There is more than 9,000 square metres of clear man-made lake to explore so give it a go! Don't forget to take a break for lunch with some food from the on-site cafe.
Water, friends, food and adrenaline is an excellent mix, and Vector Wero never fails to deliver!
Have you ever dreamt of being able to fly? Or having the ability to breathe under water? Scuba is what you're looking for. Imagine sitting on the sandy floor of the ocean, reef rising up all around you, all sorts of marine creatures swimming about.
You push off and now you're 10 metres above the sea floor, hovering, suspended with sharks and rays swimming below you. Sounds amazing right? It really is, but you'll have to see for yourself when you check out Goat Island Marine Reserve.
A short 60 minute drive from Auckland Central, the reserve is teeming with ocean life and is well equipped to service your scuba needs. They also do snorkle and mask rental so you can always check things out from the surface for a bit cheaper.
Sky Walk and Sky Jump
Right in the very centre of Auckland's central business district is the tallest building in New Zealand. Towering over its neighbours at 328m high, the Sky Tower is part of Auckland's skyline as well as the location of two of the most adrenaline-infused activities the inner-city has to offer.
You can walk around the outer edge of the building, yes that's right, on the outside, and take in the scenery from a narrow metal walkway. Step carefully though, because there aren't any hand rails to use! Or you can do the walk, followed by jumping off! Safely strapped into a harness, launch yourself off the edge into open air and enjoy the 192m drop straight down.
SkyWalk and SkyJump are both offered by A.J. Hackett Bungy so the folks know what they're doing, you'll have a wild ride minus the risk of getting hurt.
Waiheke Zip Lines (and wines)
If you're new to Auckland you may not have heard of the local Waiheke Island. This green and inviting paradise was referred to by the popular travel guide Lonely Planet as “the playground of the gods”. It's a short 45 minute ferry ride from Auckland's CBD ferry building at the bottom of Queen Street. (While waiting for the ferry why not try out a gelato from Island Gelato, winners of numerous awards over the last few years.)
Once on the island you'll have a wide range of activities to choose from, including the standard water sports like swimming, boating and hooning about on jet skis. What sets Waiheke apart from other local islands is Waiheke has wine and zip lines.
Now hold on, it's a tenuous connection, I know, but I speak from personal experience when I say they both have their place in a day of fun on Waiheke Island. The key is the order:
Let me set the picture for you. You have a sleep-in, get to the ferry (and some gelato) around 10, arrive on the island before 11, have lunch in the small town near the ferry, then it's off to the zip lines! Cruise through the air on one, two or all of the three flying foxes to get a new perspective of the green rolling island.
Once you've calmed down a bit and caught your breath you can head to one of the many wine tours taking place all over the island. If you're more of a just-the-wine-thanks sort then stick to the wine tours, but why not cycle between wineries? Rent a bike and get peddling to burn off the alcohol between stops!
Enjoy your Auckland summer!