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Second time in Auckland, what to do?

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Second time in Auckland, what to do?

I've been to Auckland last year.. and visited Mission Bay, One Tree Hill, Casino, North harbour....etc. But this time I will not rent a car, so any suggestion what to do for a whole day? I can travel far away from city, but need to get back to Glenfield at night.

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1. Re: Second time in Auckland, what to do?

How about a guided walk on the Auckland Harbour Bridge or even bungy jump off it!.

Visit Kelly Taltons Underwater World

Quad bike through the Woodhill forest -www.4trackadventures.co.nz and this one's the best- canyoning through a gorge near Piha- www.awoladventures.co.nz/

Catch the ferry to Rangitoto Island and walk to the summit for great views or catch the ferry to Tiritiri Matangi Island, a native bird reserve where you can wander in amongst the birds and bush on the island.

Or catch a ferry to Waiheke Island to explore the many beaches and wineries.

Can you hire a car for just a day or two, the Waitakere Ranges have more than 200km of walking and hiking tracks leading to giant kauri trees, waterfalls, beaches and huge views and you could also visit the black-sand surf beaches of Whatipu, Karekare, Anawhata, Piha and Bethells which are all beautifully wild. North of Auckland, Goat Island Marine Reserve offers excellent snorkelling and diving from the beach. The fish are very friendly.

If you are there on a Saturday, head out for a real multi-culture experience to the Otara Market in South Auckland.

Go for a sail (no experience necessary) on one of the NZ America's Cup sailing yacht in the Hauraki Gulf

Visit the Museum in the Domain, this has been recommended quite a number of times on TA.

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2. Re: Second time in Auckland, what to do?

wow..Zappers..u're everywhere...

Thanks for the info!!

I m thinking to go to Waiheke Island, but where I can take the ferry, what should I do there? I will not rent a car.

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3. Re: Second time in Auckland, what to do?

And is it suitable to go in winter (late July)?

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4. Re: Second time in Auckland, what to do?

The ferries go from the waterfront downtown Auckland. Lots of options timetable-wise.

Don't think they (ever) get snow on Waiheke island.....

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5. Re: Second time in Auckland, what to do?

wow...u guys are everywhere!! so scary...

I've checked the Fullers timetable and I think I'm going to take the ferry in Devonport.

Is there anything to do in Waiheke Island in winter season?

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6. Re: Second time in Auckland, what to do?

Alan did you find this info on the Fullers site? You can do a tour of the island with them also after you arrive which you can then continue on with after on the regular bus service.

fullers.co.nz/index.php/…waihekeisland1

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7. Re: Second time in Auckland, what to do?

Make sure you find your way to Stony Batter for a look around if you can. www.doc.govt.nz/Conservation/Historic/020~By-Region/002~Auckland/Stony-Batter-Historic-Reserve/index.asp

How about a 1/2 day fish charter from the island!

www.ki-wi.co.nz/vin_fishing.htm

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8. Re: Second time in Auckland, what to do?

At your service Mr P !!!!............. :)

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9. Re: Second time in Auckland, what to do?

wow..that're great info Zappers!!

Just wondering should I go for tour or explore the island myself...

Is there any buses travelling around the island and to some particular tourist spots?

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10. Re: Second time in Auckland, what to do?

I think I will just buy the ferry ticket once in the Ferry Wharf in Devonport and get to the boat. It really depends on the weather...so don't want to get risk if the weather on that day is bad or not.

Btw, is it possible to get the ticket in Devonport? or do I still need to go to Auckland Ferry Pier instead?