Now that Winter is over and Spring is here once again, Auckland’s days are slowly starting to become clearer and brighter! As domestic travel in New Zealand begins to pick up in the wake of COVID-19, and Auckland is now open for travel again, we’ve seen an increase in interest for Auckland accommodation across the nation. CPG Hotels is one of the few hotel groups Auckland that the government is not using for managed isolation facilities, so we’re in a unique position to take the pulse of domestic tourism across the country.
If you’re looking to travel to Auckland for a staycation, it pays to know how to make the most of the warm and sunny weather. In the past, we’ve asked our Facebook fans what the best things to do in Auckland on a sunny day are, so take it from the locals, and read on to find out what they came back with!
1. Visit Devonport
It may be only a 15-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, but Devonport feels a world away from the big city. It’s a hugely popular spot to go on a sunny day, and the ferry ride itself can be a highlight of the trip, especially now that newly opened Commercial Bay is located right next to the ferry terminal!
Once you arrive in Auckland’s North Shore, take a stroll on the Devonport waterfront, head up one of the two volcanoes, or grab a coffee from some of Auckland’s best cafes.
2. Tour Waiheke Island
There are few better places to go on a sunny day-trip in Auckland than Waiheke Island. This stunning location is only a short 45-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, and has garnered some international attention as one of the most beautiful places in the world over the past few years. Once you get there, you can head up to the main town of Oneroa—which has a range of lovely cafes, restaurants and art galleries—or head down to one of many incredible beaches. The guided wine tours are a big attraction here too; a tour will take you to three or four of the island’s vineyards, as well as giving you a guided bus tour. Two trips for the price of one!
3. Spend a day at one of Auckland’s Regional Parks
When we first asked our Facebook audience for recommendations, there were so many suggestions for great regional parks in Auckland, we decided to list them all together into one recommendation! No matter where you are in Auckland, you can bet there’s a beautiful regional park close by.
If you head north, you’ll find Long Bay Regional Park, situated just north of Browns Bay on the North Shore. Keep going a bit further up the coast and you can head out on to the Whangaparaoa Peninsula to Shakespeare Regional Park, or check out Wenderholm, which is just past Orewa. All three of these parks enjoy waterfront locations, and have a range of walking tracks to suit all ages and fitness levels.
4. See volcanoes
The other thing Auckland is full of is volcanoes! Auckland’s skyline is dominated by the Auckland volcanic field, a group of 50 dormant volcanoes. We’ve already mentioned two in Devonport, but you don’t have to search far to find more. The most popular to climb is probably Mangawhau, or Mt Eden, which overlooks the suburbs and central city. It makes a popular early morning destination, largely because it’s shape is the most pronounced, with an impressive central crater. There are some great cafes that sit at the bottom of Mt. Eden which are great for a pre- or post-climb feed!
Cornwall Park is another great destination for volcano climbing, as it houses Maungakiekie, or One Tree Hill. While slightly more of a climb, Maungakiekie offers a great view of the whole city, making it a perfect spot for stunning photos. It’s also a great location for bird-watching, picnics, and long (flat) walks!
Another iconic volcano is Rangitoto, which gives the Auckland skyline a lot of its character. Set out to sea, this beautiful volcano gives visitors yet another chance to hit the water and catch a ferry, before embarking on the climb to the top. Those who make this climb are rewarded with stunning views back over the water to the city, and north towards the islands including Great Barrier and Kawau Island.
5. Chill out at Auckland’s Bays
As the weather starts to heat up again, Aucklanders invariably start thinking about the beach. While downtown Auckland is more focused on the boating community, a short bike-ride, bus, or winding walk will take you around to the small communities of Mission Bay, Kohimarama, and St Heliers. Each of these small villages has its own beachfront, reminiscent of smaller coastal communities across the country, all with some awesome cafes and restaurants. All enjoy incredible views north too, with Rangitito sitting directly opposite!
Plan your trip today!
CPG Hotels is not running managed isolation facilities for the government in Auckland, which means we’re happy to offer some of the only hotel accommodation in Auckland not hosting possible cases. Visit our COVID-19 page to find out more about our safety policies, or contact us to book in your accommodation now, before it’s snapped up by other Kiwis hitting the road and seeking the sunshine!