How to Spend 24 Hours in Auckland

Auckland city A view of Auckland city

A note on New Zealand ETA Visa

New Zealand ETA eligibility will allow nationals of over 150 countries to apply for New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZETA). This ETA Visa for New Zealand can be obtained in under 72 hours and in most cases in under 24 hours. Contact New Zealand Visa Help Desk for further queries.

Auckland is a location with so much to offer that twenty-four hours would not do justice to this place. But the idea behind spending a day in the city and its neighbouring ideas is not rigid. There is something for everyone here, for nature lovers, surfers, shopaholics, adventure seekers, and mountaineers. You name the activity and Auckland can certainly give you the best.

One can take on as many activities and places to visit while here depending upon their schedule and preferences. The recommendations here are an attempt to bring together the diverse beauty and opportunities for tourists to explore in one place.

Remember that New Zealand eTA Visa is a mandatory requirement to enter New Zealand as per Government of New Zealand, you can avail of New Zealand Visa on New Zealand eTA Visa website for stays of less than 6 months. In fact, you apply for New Zealand Tourist Visa for short stays and sight seeing.

Places to visit

Sky Tower

Sky Tower Sky Tower

The most thrilling and adventurous spot to visit in Auckland and is one you cannot miss out on when you are here. You are dropped from a height of over 190m at a speed of about 90kmh to the Sky City Plaza from the top of the tower and the exhilarating experience gives you an instant adrenaline rush and is taken on by old and young alike owing to the immense safety and protections in place. In case heights are not your playground for adventure, you can walk on the wide platform set at a height of 192m to get the best views of the city and its surrounding landscape.

Sensory Maze

This is a fun and quirky activity to take on in Auckland. The original sensory maze here in Auckland takes you on an exciting and challenging journey identifying and perceiving everyday objects in new ways. The lighting effects and obstacles in the maze give you a unique experience of reality. It is located in the basement of the Metro centre on Queen Street.

Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island Waiheke Island

The islands are just a 40-minute ferry ride away from Auckland and have one of the best varieties of wines to offer in New Zealand. While on the Island you can explore the vineyards and go on a wine tasting tour and engage with the wine with all your senses . The island also has spectacular white-sand beaches where you can sit back and watch the waves. Zip-lining is a sport that is taken up here enthusiastically by adventure lovers.

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Beaches

The famous west coast beaches of the Northern islands are a stone’s throw away from Auckland. One of the most frequented beaches in New Zealand, Piha which is known for its black sand, surfing, and Maori rock carvings is less than an hour away from the city. The Tasman Sea meets the black sand is a sight to behold throughout the west coast and the journey of beaches in New Zealand is a magical one. The Muriwai beach impresses with the beautiful clifftop views of the sea and the beach. The Karekare beach also is loved by tourists who club the visit of the roaring and rushing Karekare falls with the beach visit.

Rangitoto Island

Rangitoto Island Rangitoto Island

It is another iconic island which is a short ferry ride away from the coast of mainland Auckland. The sunsets on this beautiful island are as pretty as a picture and worth watching from every spot on the diverse landscape of this small island. The island has a dormant volcano that tourists can explore and go on walks to summit the peaks of the island. For those who prefer exploring waters, you have the option of kayaking the harbor on the Island.

Mt. Eden

The view from Mt. Eden The view from Mt. Eden

The peak is a short 15 minutes drive from the city of Auckland. The hike to summit Mount Eden is easily accessible to all age groups and does not require much effort or fitness. Once at the top you get a stunning view of the vistas of the city of Auckland. The area around the park is known to be home to many parks where people enjoy relaxing and picnicking.

Museum

This is the place to visit if you are an art buff and would like to be amazed by the artwork and carvings of the Maori are the Auckland museum. The Maori court and their Natural History Gallery are testimony to how Auckland was an important centre of culture and wealth even in the pre-British era. There is also a stunning exhibition of contemporary art and sculptures of New Zealand in the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail.

Auckland Central

The haven and the most happening place in Auckland are the Auckland Central. Here is where you find the best restaurants for going on the perfect gastronomical journey in Auckland, the place where you can splurge and go on a shopping frenzy from local to international goodies for yourself and loves ones, and get entertained by the best of what New Zealand has to offer from Bowling, New Zealand Fashion Walk Tour, Cinemas to a gamers’ paradise Thrillzone.

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Recommendations for lodging

Camping

  • Ambury Regional Park
  • Whatipu Lodge and Campground

Affordable accommodation

  • Attic Backpackers
  • YHA Auckland International Backpackers

Midrange accommodation

  • Auckland City Hotel
  • Pullman Auckland

Luxury living

  • Sofitel Auckland
  • Skycity Auckland

Ensure that you have checked the eligibility for your New Zealand eTA. If you are from a Visa Waiver country then you can apply for an eTA regardless of the mode of travel (Air / Cruise). United States citizens, European citizens, Hong Kong citizens, and United Kingdom citizens can apply online for New Zealand eTA. United Kingdom residents can stay on New Zealand eTA for 6 months while others for 90 days.

Please apply for a New Zealand eTA 72 hours in advance of your flight.