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DAY 1-2: New Zealand itinerary 7 days (1 week) top sights, attractions

Auckland Highlights

Mount Eden Summit - Auckland Mount Eden Summit - Auckland

A day finding your NZ time zone balance while exploring outdoors, finding unique wildlife and the glorious Hauraki Gulf. For heritage buffs there is an opportunity to immerse yourself in Auckland War Memorial Museum attractions, an ethnographic 19th century village (Howick) or wander through the historic seaside village of Devonport. Families have plenty to keep the kids entertained with SeaWorld and the convenience of a hop on and hop off bus stopping at top sights. Adventure is simply a jump away off the SkyTower attached to a bungy rope … and there is more …

Hauraki Gulf islands

Conservation / wildlife / Family fun

  • Cruise Hauraki Gulf,  and explore Tiritiri Matangi and Rotoroa Islands in the Hauraki Gulf, prolific bird life where the introduced pests (ferrets, rats, cats) have been eliminated. The cheeky weka is a meet and greet ambassador of Rotoroa Island and likely to be at the wharf landing. (full day)
  • Gannets Muriwai (seasonal) (allow half day for this excursion). You will need transport for this trip to Auckland’s West Coast
  • SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton Aquarium narrates the story of the Antarctic complete with penguins waddling and stingrays circling in their watery home. (half day)

WINE BUFFS, VINEYARDS & TOUCH OF FRESH AIR

  • A day finding your NZ time zone balances with a guided tour of a delightful country town and a chance to take in the scenery at Scandrett Regional Park along with huge gulps of fresh air.
  • Take in a Matakana wine trail and check out Matakana travel guide for tips on what to do and see. (full day)
Matakana Wine market @matakanawine
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