Activities and Attractions for All Tastes
Whether you are in Auckland on business, family vacation or stop-over, you may find time in your schedule to experience some of the many attractions and activities available in the city centre and nearby suburbs. We have put together a diverse bag of things to do from all that's available – if you have a special interest, however, then simply ask one of our friendly hotel staff who can point you in the right direction, book a tour for you, suggest a suitable activity and help you out with anything else you may need.
- Auckland Zoo – Recognised as one of the world's most progressive zoos, Auckland Zoo has New Zealand's largest collection of animals. It is home to 117 different species and over 700 animals and is a winner of national and international environmental awards. At Auckland Zoo, you can meet New Zealand's only Asian elephant, see emu, wallabys, kangaroos and rainbow lorikeets, visit the nocturnal house featuring kiwi and tuatara and get an African insight with the hippo river, Cheetah Spot and Pridelands. Special events, tours and children's activities are also available.
- Auckland Wineries – Tasting wines should be a relaxing rather than a rushed experience, so we sugest you hire a car from the hotel and take your time to explore some of the vineyards and wineries in the Auckland region. The region is home to some of the country's oldest vineyards and is known for its Bordeaux style wines - mouth-filling Cabernet Sauvignons and complex Chardonnays. Close to the city are Waiheke Island (a water taxi or ferry ride away) and Kumeu (a 16km drive) – both are popular and fashionable places to visit and specialise in Cabernet based wines.
- Auckland Golf – New Zealand golfing great Sir Bob Charles designed the impressive Formosa Golf course, located just 35 minutes away from Auckland city centre. Formosa is listed as one of the “Finest Golf Clubs of the World” and was the venue for the 1998 New Zealand Open. Everyone can play and enjoy the course which includes a par of 72 and 4 tees per hole (forward, regular, championship and professional). If you're looking for a unique, lounge-style golf experience and don't want to drive anywhere at all, you can also play simulated golf at over 50 of the world's top golf courses at the city's Corporate Box.
- Auckland War Memorial Museum - Considered by many New Zealanders to be a cultural and spiritual touchstone, this beautiful museum close to Scenic Hotel Auckland is set in the grounds of Auckland Domain and tells the story of New Zealand: including its unique flora and fauna, history at war exhibits and priceless collection of Maori and Pacific treasures. There are three daily Maori cultural performances from Ngati Whatua O Orakei, the home tribe (Mana Whenua) of Auckland and ever-changing local and international exhibitions. Well worth a morning or afternoon visit.
- Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World - Opened in 1985, this world-class visitor attraction was the vision of Kelly Tarlton - a Kiwi adventurer, diver, explorer and inventor, who wanted to share his love of the ocean. Visitors can view New Zealand’s only sub-Antarctic penguins, enjoy a unique snowcat ride and walk through a replica of Scott’s Antarctic hut. Also here are giant stingrays, sharks, turtles, giant rays, crayfish, seahorses, octopus, piranha and moray eels.
- Auckland Bridge – The Auckland bridge at 1,020 metres is the second-longest road bridge in New Zealand and the longest in the North Island. Visitors have the opportunity to climb and walk across the bridge to enjoy wonderful views of the city and of Waitemata Harbour. It's also possible to bungy jump 40 metres from a specially built 'bungy pod' on the bridge. The bridge itself rises 43.27metres above high water.