Five of our favourite things to do while visiting Auckland

1. Visit the Auckland Museum

Auckland Museum

The Auckland Museum tells the story of New Zealand. The first established museum of New Zealand sits on the edge of the Auckland Domain and overlooks the city from its high steps. The beautifully situated building is one of the most spectacular in the country. The architecture tells a story, in particular that of New Zealand’s participation in the World Wars. The frieze that runs along the top of the exterior represents all the armed services in different scenes from the war. The bronze doors of the museum are marked with poppy designs. At night, the building lights up to commemorate significant occasions, both national and international. Read the full article here.

2. Relax and enjoy the Winter Gardens in Auckland's Domain

Winter Gardens Auckland Domain

The Winter Gardens sit tucked away in the heart of the Auckland Domain. Established shortly after the First World War, the gardens are not only an extension of the Domain’s vast complex of gardens but a protected heritage site. This history of the gardens is reflected in the uniquely classical design and elegant layout of the gardens. Read the full article here.

3. Explore one of the many world class hikes and walks in the Waitakere Ranges

Hikes and Walks in the Waitakere Ranges

Auckland City is right next door to some of the best short walks and hiking trails in New Zealand. Just a 30 minute drive from Auckland’s CBD, the Waitakere Ranges Regional Parkland covers more than 16,000 hectares of native forest and coastline and contains 250km of walking and tramping tracks which overlook spectacular vistas, waterfalls and beaches. The Cascade Kauri Waitakere Dam Circuit is just one of these great walks, which I had the pleasure (and pain) of undertaking recently. Read the full article here.

4. Treat yourself at Little and Friday Cafe and Bakery

Little and Friday Cafe and Bakery

Little and Friday likely serves the most delicious and naughty treats that you can get in Auckland (or possibly anywhere). Each tart, cake and doughnut is incredibly beautiful, almost to the point where you don’t want to destroy it by putting it in your mouth. Read the full article here.

5. Enjoy some of the world's best wine at Man O’ War Vineyards

Man O’ War Vineyards

Let it be known that I am a wine person. I love the complexity, the flavour and even the twinge of theatre. But not all people are wine people. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be a barrier to enjoying wine, especially in the case of vineyards like Man O’ War on Waiheke. They haven’t merely created an elegant wining and dining experience, but also a welcoming and approachable atmosphere. Though the lengthy gravel road that leads up to Man O’ War mightn’t bring the word ‘approachable’ immediately to mind, you’ll see what I mean once you get there. Read the full article here.