Auckland is one of the most popular cities in New Zealand, which is known for its relaxing beaches, vineyards, museums, and galleries. The city boasts twin harbors, the iconic Sky Tower, the largest university in all of New Zealand, and volcanic hills. There is something for everyone out here as Auckland is one of those cities where history meets modernity. Auckland is also known for its multicultural makeup consisting of Europeans, Maori, Polynesians, and Asians, which makes it a favorite immigrant destination.
Here are some of the major attractions of Auckland:
Albert Park is one of the oldest public parks in Auckland and, due to its historical and cultural significance, tourists love it. Located at the heart of Auckland city, this spot offers much-needed relaxation from the hustle and bustle. With its well-kept flower beds and trees, Albert Park sure is a well-spent evening with your family. You can walk around or pack a picnic with your favorite ones, including your furry friends. While dogs are allowed in the park, care should be taken to keep them on a leash at all times. The park’s major highlights include Queen Victoria Statue, Sir George Grey Statue, and a marble Boer War Memorial. An interesting fact to note is that beneath the quiet park lies an extensive network of Albert Park tunnels. Tourists cannot visit this historical underground structure as they were decommissioned and sealed up during World War II.
Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium:
One of the top attractions of Auckland is Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, known for its spectacular view of the underwater world. The aquarium is New Zealand’s only turtle hospital, where visitors can learn all about turtle rescue. The aquarium also provides tourists with a unique, adventurous experience of swimming with sharks. You don’t need to be an expert scuba diver, to have this exhilarating experience. Tourists also have a chance to go on the ice with a colony of King and Gentoo penguins and experience the life of these majestic birds in their natural habitat. One of the best tourist attractions here, all thanks to Instagram, is a Plexiglas tunnel inside a tank, with fish swimming around the sides. In addition to the live animal exhibits, the aquarium also conducts special events such as an Underwater Pirate Treasure Hunt seasonally. Check the aquarium website to find out which special events are being done during your visit to Auckland.
One Tree Hill:
One Tree Hill is an important historic place for the Maori tribe in New Zealand. It is a volcanic peak that provides scenic views of Auckland, including its twin harbors. The place was named after the solitary tree which was planted on the summit in the 1640s. Since then, a succession of single trees has stood at the summit. Visitors can also see the scenic Cornwall Park, which surrounds the hill.