Though Auckland – New Zealand’s lively holiday destination is quite popular for its tourist attractions such as Sky Tower, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Waitemata Harbour, and Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, there’s much more to the city that is not known to many. These hidden gems have a unique charm that is certain to amaze all sorts of holiday-makers. Take a look:
If nature is your thing and you are holidaying in Auckland, Eden Garden is the place not to be missed! There’s something magical about the beauty of the garden that appeals to the senses of one and all. The countless plant collections such as camellias, perennials, vireyas, bromeliads and native plants are a treat for sore eyes. Besides, visitors are sure to have a completely relaxing time across various rock formations, sparkling waterfalls and resident native birds. It is open from 9 AM to 4 PM every day.
Whether you’re in Auckland with your family or friends, there’s no chance to miss out on Chancery Square that has a lot to excite you with under the open blue sky. This fascinating cobblestoned courtyard is an ideal hub to spend a day at eating, shopping and catching-up. Besides, there is an amazing spa centre called the Aixin Massage Therapy Centre to simply relax and pamper your body, mind and soul. Foodies can try a number of delicious delicacies at some popular eateries here including Mamak Malaysian Restaurant, Caffe Torino and Chancery Station Caravanserai.
A 40-minute drive from downtown Auckland, O’Neill Beach is a black sand beach drawing the attention of beach and adventure enthusiasts. What makes this place thrilling is you have to walk down all the way from Bethells Beach to make it to the beach. The headlands and outcrops here are popular as rock fishing spots. Visitors can have a great time lazing away at the sun-soaked secluded beach. It is recommended to avoid swimming here due to the unpatrolled, risky waters.
The PumpHouse Theatre
Shakespeare lovers are definitely going to be a fan of the PumpHouse Theatre! This place was previously a water pumping station and turned into a theatre a few years later. It makes you watch the English poet and playwright’s stories come alive during summers by hosting his time-honoured plays. Here you’ll also come across a number of theatre workshops, business seminars, conferences and arts-related activities. The bookings can be made online through the theatre’s website.
Auckland Night Markets
Auckland Night Markets are just an amazing place for foodies holidaying in the city. The markets have been expanded across the city with the passage of time and are quite popular among foodies all across the country. You will find here a remarkable collection of stalls selling food, arts and craft, fashion, jewellery, and a lot more along with live entertainment, cultural performers, and kiddie rides ensuring all the fun for all age groups.