If you're heading to Auckland and you're limited to one day to experience everything the city has to offer, here's how you should spend it.
First stop, Sky Tower. Sky Tower is probably the most iconically Auckland building in the city, standing 328 meters tall. The tower's three observation decks all show off 360 degree views of the city, proving it's the perfect place to kick off your day in Auckland, giving you a bird's eye view of everywhere you're about to explore.
For a fast route down from the pinnacle of Sky Tower, take the Sky Jump. The adrenaline hit you'll get from this will last the entire day! However, if this is not quite for you, there is the Sky Walk, which is still exhilarating in itself, without any railing to hold onto, yet comes across as much less life threatening.
Vulcan Lane is just a short lane in the middle of Auckland but it offers an array of food & drink options - making it an ideal destination for a recovery drink after the thrill of the Sky Jump.
If you are still in search of extra thrill to your day, then book in for the Auckland Bridge Climb. This is a fantastic opportunity to view the city from a different perspective, from on top of Auckland's biggest and busiest bridge.
Auckland Domain is a great destination to settle into the afternoon. It is one of the city's oldest and largest parks, and is home to many places to explore and discover, including the winter gardens, two victorian-style glasshouses, and the Auckland museum and all this is located in the crater of the extinct Pukekawa volcano!
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After exploring the domain, you can venture over to Parnell. Situated quite close to the Auckland Museum, Parnell is the oldest neighbourhood in Auckland. It is an excellent spot to spend the afternoon, full of beautiful architecture, a wide selection of eateries and Auckland's largest cathedral to explore.
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By now you have visited the main attractions and seen the sights of Auckland. You're ready to head home, but you may have been having such a great time that you left your memory of those at home at the top of Sky Tower, forgetting souvenirs to take back. Not a problem, as you can always pick up some fantastic gifts, that say 'too bad you missed out on an awesome time with me in Auckland but here's an awesome gift instead', from Auckland airport which is home to a range of luxury, designer and duty free shops. If you're really running out of time and you want to spend an extra half an hour exploring the streets of Parnell, then you can order your gifts online, ready to pick up on your way home, out of Auckland.