Don’t rush out of the airport and head to the mountains, otherwise you could be missing a treat. We bring you the top five things to do in Auckland

When you have experienced the best of Auckland, why not extend your trip to discover the rest of New Zealand on a Luxury Small Group Journey. Prepare to be blown away by the sheer scale and beauty of the landscapes, and experience insider access moments that are only available to a select few.

Sample The Best Oysters In The World

Te Matuka bay oyster farm is said to produce the creamiest, plumpest, tastiest Pacific oysters. So head to The Oyster Inn Waiheke island to try them for yourself. Take a seat on The Oyster Inn’s terrace that overlooks the ocean and enjoy an array of these mouthwatering molluscs.

Enjoy New Zealand’s Finest Wines

On Waiheke island you will find the Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant. Here you can enjoy a cellar door tour and sample its award-winning chardonnay and merlot. You tuck into platters of cheese and bread and dips, or reserve a seat at its restaurant that serves up Merino Lamb Ribs and Angus Beef Eye Fillet. If your waistband is starting to tighten, you can always walk it off with a stroll through Mudbrick’s picturesque gardens.

Take An Art Tour

Looking for a culture fix? Then book a trip with Fine Art Tours New Zealand. They will take you to outdoor sculpture parks, give you the chance to take a peek at private collection and will also help you find some great investment pieces.

Listen To Local Bands

There’s more to New Zealand than Hayley Westenra. Pull up a seat at Portland Public House near the CBD where you will hear live acoustic music. They have an open Mic night so if you want to live out your 15 minutes of fame you can add your name to the list.

Discover New Fashion Designers

One of the top things to do in Auckland is stroll through the streets of the city and discover some of the hottest fashion names around. It won’t be long before you find buys from homegrown star and New York Fashion Show heavyweight Karen Walker, as well as New Zealand favourites Zambesi and Nom*D. A shopping trip in New Zealand is a sure-fire way to make sure that you’re never spotted in the same outfit as anyone else.

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