Auckland Honeymoon Guide

Discover the ‘City of Sails’, where sailing is an institution and the Hauraki Gulf is one of the world’s finest boating playground. Auckland is the perfect location to begin a honeymoon in New Zealand.

Auckland is an easy city to explore on foot with a range of walks that enable you to explore the city on more than 500km of city and parkland walking tracks; don’t miss the 81ha Auckland Domain.


What to do and see in Auckland

Auckland offers a wide range of active pursuits.

Discover charming Devonport and cruise the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park – one of the world’s finest boating playgrounds. Take a harbour cruise to the volcanic island of Rangitoto, one of the most popular islands in the Hauraki Gulf and the largest volcanic cone in Auckland – just a 30-minute ride away. Or head over to scenic Waiheke Island.

Climb to the top of the 328m-high Skytower for the best views over the city, visit Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World for a close encounter with sharks and penguins, and at the Auckland Museum, admire Maori and Pacific Island artefacts before watching a live cultural performance.

Check out the locals along the bar-lined Viaduct Basin or wander fashionable Ponsonby or genteel Parnell for a range of bars and fine restaurants that offer different cuisines from French, Thai, Italian and Japanese as well as traditional Kiwi fare and Pacific delicacies.

Or dine alfresco on the waterfront: enjoy rare vintages from New Zealand’s top vineyards as you savour fresh Clevedon rock oysters or Northland scallops at Sails Restaurant, where every table looks out over thousands of yachts in Westhaven marina or try a delicious bouillabaisse of fresh green lipped mussels, clams, calamari, prawns and crab at Cin Cin on Quay’s, overlooking Auckland’s harbour.

Auckland offers honeymoon couples a variety of shopping experiences from designer labels on Queen Street along Vulcan Lane and in High Street to chic boutiques in Parnell or Ponsonby. Don't miss the Polynesian art along the K Road, Otara market and Victoria Park Market.

Auckland offers a wide range of activities for adventurous couples, including…

Sailing – Choose the cruise for you from the more than 95 yacht charter companies that call the Waitemata Harbour home.

Explore NZ (www.explorenz.co.nz) offers a range of exciting sailing cruises in a fleet of purpose-built sailboats, which includes the opportunity of sailing a real
America's Cup yacht (photo, right).

For a tall ship sailing experience try the Soren Larsen (www.sorenlarsen.co.nz), star of The Onedin Line television series. Choose from day sails, coffee cruises or a five-night sailing cruise between Auckland and the Bay of Islands. Auckland day trips start at NZ$150 per person, longer voyages cost NZ$1,600 including all meals.

Island Escape Cruises, Princes Wharf (www.islandescape.co.nz), offer a five-day luxury cruise of the Hauraki Gulf aboard the 42m (138-ft.) Island Passage, where you can comfortably enjoy fishing trips, picnics ashore, bush walks, and even expeditions from the ship by helicopter or boat. Expect to pay from NZ$3,750 to NZ$6,250 for double or twin occupancy, which includes all meals, snorkel equipment, fishing gear and boat tours. The cruise visits the beautiful islands of Great Barrier, Waiheke, Kawau and Tiritiri Matangi.

For those with limited time, check out Fullers Auckland (www.fullers.co.nz) for a one and a half-hour harbour cruise, that shows off Viaduct Harbour, Devonport Naval Base and the Harbour Bridge; fares are NZ$38 per person. Or cruise over to Rangitoto Island (NZ$59) and Waiheke Island ( NZ$129), which includes a vineyard tour and lunch.

Surfing – New Zealand Surf 'n' Snow Tours (www.newzealandsurftours.com) offers one- and two-day surf tours for NZ$50 to NZ$199 and a five-day surf tour at NZ$899 to the west coast and Northland regions.

Swimming – Take the plunge at any of the southern beaches: Judges Bay, Okahu Bay, Mission Bay, Kohimarama and St. Heliers Bay, all easily accessible from Tamaki Drive. Or take a ferry to Devonport to reach the North Shore beaches or a bus to Takapuna.

Jet Boating – Head out on to the Waitemata Harbour for a thrilling 35-minute, high-speed ride from Auckland Adventure Jet (www.aucklandadventurejet.co.nz); cost NZ$98 per person.

Kayaking – Choose from several kayaking options, including the spectacular Rangitoto Night Trip, a 75-minute paddle out to the island and a 45-minute walk to the top of Rangitoto for a night view of Auckland. The trip leaves at 6pm, returns by 11pm, and costs around NZ$150 from Ian Ferguson Marine Sports Centre, Okahu Bay (www.fergskayaks.co.nz).

Walking – Stroll the promenade of Tamaki Drive, from the inner city around to the seaside suburbs of Mission Bay and Kohimarama, or take a self-guided trek along the Coast to Coast Walk, a four- to six-hour walk through the inner city and suburbs. A comprehensive map is available from the visitor centre and shows the 15km route. If you want to head further afield, try Waitakere Wilderness Walks (www.wildwalks.co.nz), which offers one- and two-day walks around the unspoiled west coast. Four-Wheel-Drive

Quad Biking – Head out of city on a quad biking safari – 4 Track Adventures (www.4trackadventures.co.nz) offers one hour safaris for NZ$155 per person; two- and three-hour safaris are also available, with pickup from central hotels and backpackers available for NZ$50.

Mountain Biking – Head over to Auckland Adventures (www.aucklandadventures.co.nz) and choose from several mountain bike tours for groups of five people or more that explore West Auckland. Expect to pay from NZ$85 to NZ$135 per person, depending on length of tour which varys from one to three hours.

Air Bungy – Check out the Sky Screamer at the corner of Albert and Victoria streets, just down from Sky Tower: it will rocket you skyward at 200kmph from 11am to late at NZ$50 per person.

Bungy Jumping – Leap out over Waitemata Harbour for a massive adrenalin rush at the world's first harbour bridge bungy at A. J. Hackett Bungy Auckland (www.bungy.co.nz); NZ$150 for adults.

Golf – The region offers more than 40 golf courses. For details check the Auckland Golf Association ( www.auckgolf.co.nz) for the course nearest your hotel and current greens fees.

Day Spas – Pamper yourself at a choice of day spas, including the Chuan Day Spa at the Langham Hotel, 83 Symonds St. (www.chuanspa.co.nz), which offers herbal steam rooms, saunas, Jacuzzi and a range of facial, massage and body treatments.

East Day Spa, SKYCITY Grand Hotel, 123 Albert St. (www.eastdayspa.com), offers Eastern-style holistic skin-care, massage and beauty treatments. Meanwhile Bliss at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 128 Albert St. (twww.blissreflexology.com), offers traditional Chinese reflexology.

Special Events
January – The annual Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta (www.regatta.org.nz) attracts local and international sailors on the last Monday in January.

February – The Devonport Food & Wine Festival (www.devonportwinefestival.co.nz) offers nonstop entertainment from jazz to classical music, as well as wine samples from 20 wineries and food.

March – Round the Bays Run (www.roundthebays.co.nz) is held in late March and attracts runners from around the South Pacific who participate in the 8km fun run around the city’s bays.

April – The Royal Easter Show (www.royaleastershow.co.nz) is held at the Epsom Showgrounds and focuses on excellence in agriculture and animal husbandry, with fresh produce stalls and the biggest carnival in New Zealand.

September – The biennial Auckland Festival (www.aucklandfestival.co.nz) is the city’s premier arts-and-cultural event held in the last week of September in odd-numbered years (the next event is 2013).

October – New Zealand Fashion Week (www.nzfashionweek.com) is held in October and presents over 60 New Zealand designers to the world.


Best time to visit Auckland

The best time to visit Auckland is anytime. Auckland enjoys a warm temperate climate with changeable weather and all four seasons but no extremes of temperature.

For the best weather visit during the summer months of December, January, February and March when the days are warm averaging a high of 24°C (75°F).

Due to its coastal position on New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland receives quite high levels of rain year round.

More about Auckland weather


Where to stay

Auckland offers a wide range of honeymoon accommodation options to suit all budgets.


Getting There

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, and acts as the major gateway to the rest of the country.

It is located on a narrow strip of land, flanked on the east side by the Waitemata Harbour, which reaches into the heart of the city, and on the west side by the shallow Manukau Harbour, which leads out into the Tasman Sea.

New Zealand's primary airport, Auckland International Airport is serviced by many of the world's major airlines, as well as numerous trans-Tasman and local airlines.

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Latest update: Auckland Honeymoon: 11 May, 2022



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