What to do if you only have 1 day in Auckland
Auckland is a wonderful city that buzzes and fizzes with activities, events, attractions, and culture for 365 days of the year – so what do you do in the City of Sails if you only have one day to enjoy it?
Here’s our suggestion for the very best way to spend your day!
A Waitakere half-day tour from Auckland
The magnificent Waitakere Ranges are just out of the city, but are so smothered in dense forest and spectacular coastlines that you’ll feel as though you’re days away.
Start the day bright and early at 8am for a half-day tour to the Waitakeres, where you’ll enjoy a visit to the beautiful Bethells Beach, a stop at Lake Wainamu, and a break at the Cascade Kauri Park.
A walk and lunch in the city
We’ll drop you back off in the city after the Waitakere tour, so you can use this time for a stroll around the CBD. This is often the best way to get the ‘feel’ of a new place, and you can’t miss a walk up K Road, a wander along busy Queen Street, and finally a stroll along the waterfront to pick a café or restaurant where you can have lunch. You’ll be spoiled for choice here with dozens of award-winning eateries right on the water’s edge.
A harbour cruise
Auckland is the city of sails, so it only makes sense to spend some of your day here on the water. There are a number of options and operators to choose from, including an adrenalin-pumping ride on an ex-America’s Cup yacht, or a relaxing cruise out to the Hauraki Gulf to see the Harbour Bridge, cute Devonport, and Rangitoto Island.
Dinner at the Sky Tower
After a busy day, book yourself in for a meal at Orbit 360. This restaurant sits 190 metres up in the iconic Sky Tower, and revolves slowly as you dine.
Enjoy a delicious meal as you sit comfortably and point out everything you did on your whirlwind day, as you can easily pick out countless points around the city and beyond.
Tristan Cullen - Passionate Conservationist