Lonely Planet Ranks Auckland In Its Top Ten

Lonely Planet has included Auckland in its most recent rankings of the World’s Top 10 cities. The cosmopolitan blend of culture, cuisine and adventure as well as its stunningly scenic coastal scenery has all contributed to cementing the City of Sails’ reputation as one of the elite travel destinations in the world. Even the Economist as well as Monocle’s list New Zealand’s capital city as one of the top ten cities in the world in which to live.

From the tame to the terrifying, Auckland offers up something for virtually every traveller’s palette on all manner of budgets The City harbours a treasure trove of travel experiences, from the simple to the sublime, and from the action-packed to the sedate. What follows is a list of the top things to do in the City of Sails.

Authentic Auckland Dining – A Foodie’s Mecca

Auckland’s culinary scene is on fire at the moment. The trendy Federal St and Britomart precincts have given rise to a progressive dining scene whose restaurants are fast raking in praise and critical acclaim across the board. Standouts are Depot, Café Hanoi, District Dining and Roxy.

However, for a truly authentic Auckland dining experience we recommend taking an excursion via ferry round the upper Auckland harbour and along the incredibly scenic Rangitopuni Stream to New Zealand’s oldest, and arguably most scenic riverside tavern – The 150 year old Riverhead Tavern.

For something right in the city centre, SkyCity is home to an impressive collection of world-class restaurants operated by some of the world’s leading chefs – Gusto at the Grand by Sean Connolly being the latest addition. This Italian restaurant brings together simple food, expertly prepared using the freshest seasonal ingredients available – the result is a rustic, communal atmosphere highlighted by incredible flavours and great wine.

Skyline

Skyline

A Cornucopia of Arts, Culture And Heritage

Auckland is a veritable melting pot of culture, boasting a wide array of art galleries, museums, gardens and heritage sights.

Rākai – Māori Art & Ta Moko in Auckland central is an indigenous art collective that offers an impressive display of art pieces created using traditional and composite materials such as Pounamu – New Zealand Greenstone, Parāoa – Whale Bone, Bronze, Glass, and Resin.

For a more hands on experience, why not check out Morris and James Matakana. The Morris & James experience will give you the opportunity to throw and glaze your own pot and platter as well as offer you a glimpse at some of their remarkable handmade ceramics.

No trip to Auckland would be complete without a short hop across to the wine wonderland of Waiheke Island. The island is home to some of the country’s top vineyards as well as great restaurants, olive farms, and various art galleries of revered local artists  all set amongst stunning natural landscape and the islands characteristic white sand beaches.

Sky City Auckland

Sky City Auckland

Fun and adventure

Wondering what to do in Auckland is a situation that inevitably leads to an overwhelming number of choices – particularly if it’s fun and adventure you’re after. Experience New Zealand’s only ocean touch bungy by leaping off the Auckland Harbour Bridge and while you’re at it why not attempt the SkyJump? – A 192m plummet from New Zealand’s highest building, the iconic Sky Tower. In fact the Sky Tower attractions are numerous, and visitors could easily spend a few days sampling all that this part of the city has to offer.

New Zealand is not called the adventure capital of the world for nothing. For those in pursuit of a healthy dose of adrenalin, there are more heart thumping activities to choose from than you could shake a stick at – from canyoning, climbing and caving, to blowkarting, off road renegading and even sailing as part of a crew on an American Cup, high performance sailing yacht.

From fine dining, through arts and culture to a full array of fun-filled and action-packed activities (some of which you would never even likely have heard of), Auckland’s inclusion in Lonely Planet’s World’s Top 10 Cities, comes as no surprise to those who have already had the privilege of spending some time there.

Photo: Shaun Jeffers Photography.

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