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Tourists’ Favorite Attractions in Auckland

The fantastic city of Auckland has countless number of tourists’ attractions. If you are planning a tour to Auckland, then this post is going to be very useful and informative for you as I am going to give some of the most popular attractions of this beautiful city. These attractions include:

The Auckland Zoo

Being one of the most favorite tourists’ attractions in Auckland, it is such a place which you will enjoy to visit even if kids are not along with you. A day spent with friendly animals in the zoo will give you a wonderful and memorable experience. Opened in 1922, Auckland Zoo is currently having 117 species. Zoo has been divided into different groups some of which include:

ASB Elephant Clearing: This section of zoo is for elephants. Among these elephants, there is a single female Asian Elephant.

BNZ Kiwi and Tuatara House: It is a nocturnal house that is featured with kiwis, tuataras, owl species and morepork.

Hippo River: This area of zoo imitates African wetland environment and features hippopotamus, cheetahs, flamingos, Chacma baboons and Hamadryas baboons.

Auckland Sky Tower

Sky tower is a tall building having a height of 328 meters that makes it the highest building in the Southern Hemisphere. There are a lot of attractions to see in this tower such as revolving restaurant that is located 190 meters from ground and it turns 360 degrees once in an hour. Besides this restaurant, upper portion of tower also contains another restaurant and cafes. The tower has three observation decks at different heights that provide a chance to see the views of city. Another interesting attraction of this tower is the “sky jump” that is a 192 meters jump from observation deck.

Viaduct Harbor

Being a trendy area of Auckland, this harbor is located next to the city center. Here the main tourists’ attractions include street cafes, bars, and restaurants providing you with magnificent views of waterfront. Here you will also see stunning yachts in the harbor. Surely it will be a great pleasure visiting this harbor.

Cruises in Auckland

Here in Auckland, you can also enjoy a number of cruises around north-eastern coastline of city. These cruises provide you a chance to see beautiful skyline and landscape. Different types of cruises has been arranged for attracting tourists like lunchtime cruises, guided tour cruises, evening cruises, dinner cruises and dancing cruises as well. These cruises provide a chance to see marine life. Moreover these cruises travel around Gulf Harbor, Ramuera area, Goat Island marine reserve and other islands.

Balloon Flights

The most memorable way to view this wonderful city is through balloon flights. These balloon flights depart in the morning from Albany area provided that weather is sunny and good enough for balloon flights.

These were some of the most favorite attractions in Auckland but there are a huge number of other attractions as well like Bastion Point, Mission Bay, Western Springs and several theatres.

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What to do in Wellington?

Wellington is a beautiful place and capital city of New Zealand having a lot of tourists’ attractions including walking and tramping trails as well as guided bus tours. My friend planned to visit this beautiful city but before going he had a question in mind that was what to do in wellington. To answer this question I made some research and found some exciting attractions to see. These attractions were:

Kelburn Cable Car

The most popular tourists’ attraction in Wellington is the Kelburn Cable Car. This funicular railway climbs to the main Kelburn Terminal and provides an opportunity to see some beautiful and spectacular scenes of this city as well as views of Wellington Harbor. Kelburn Cable Car connects Wellington Lambton Quay with Kelburn district. The cable car journey lasts for 6 minutes and it runs after every ten minutes all through the day.

Cruises in Wellington

To provide the tourists with an opportunity of seeing extraordinary views of Wellington skyline, a number of popular cruises are operated around the city’s coastline. Some other cruises include day trips and long excursion tours to nearby islands such as New Zealand’s South Island and Somes Island which has a number of historic attractions to see. Cruises around this city provide you a chance to observe native wildlife. Different types of cruises are operated around Wellington including lunch time cruises (with widespread buffets) and guided tour cruises are also provided with informative commentary. Moreover evening Wellington cruises are also operated with music and gourmet dinner.

State Opera House

Wellington State Opera House dates back to early 1900s and is situated in center of the city. It was considered as one of the most remarkable buildings in the city at that time. Now it is home to theatrical performances like plays, comedy events, ballets, concerts and operas. This opera house has three levels:

  • Stall
  • Circle
  • Grand Circle

Mount Victoria

Mount Victoria is a perfect place for celebrating scenic picnic as it provides most beautiful natural and panoramic views of cities and harbor. Here you can also enjoy the scenes by walking or driving on trails to see the picturesque of this beautiful place.

Bus and Coach Tours

Wellington’s bus and coach tours provide the best opportunity to see the city and its most beautiful sights and other popular attractions. Wellington bus tours are featured with yellow double-decker buses with open tops and informative commentary from guides. These buses depart from a number of main locations including Civic Square, the harbor area, Courtenay Place and Parliament buildings.

Wellington Zoo

It is country’s oldest zoo and the only zoological garden in Wellington. It was first founded in 1906 and is given a nickname “the best little zoo in the world”. It is considered as one of the leading zoos where endangered animals are bred including Sun Bear and Sumatran tiger cubs. There are also several other animals in this zoo. It is a worth-watching attraction indeed.

Other Attractions

  • Helicopter Tours
  • Guided Walking Tours
  • Champagne Balloon Flights
  • Ascot Street
  • Carter Observatory
  • Mount Kaukau
  • Porirua Harbor

If you ever have a chance to visit wellington, I would recommend you to visit these places for having a visual treat.

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