Quick local advice on exploring Auckland
Viaduct & Britomart Precincts – Auckland’s urban revival scene, featuring the hottest restaurants, bars and cafes.
Wynyard Quarter – Auckland’s expanding urban revival scene, awash in development and more restaurants. Access via footbridge from the Viaduct.
Auckland Museum – Top of the Auckland Domain, featuring cultural, natural and human history exhibits.
Auckland Art Gallery – A short walk from the venue at the south-western corner of Albert Park. Classic and modern art from local and international artists.
Markets – The French Market held at La Cigale (69 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell) takes place 8am to 1pm on Saturday & Sunday.
Bus (Journey Planner at http://www.at.govt.nz)
Mission Bay/Kohimarama/St. Heliers – Auckland’s “Eastern Bays” are popular summer hangouts, with cafes and beaches. Best at high tide with a southerly or SE wind direction.
Takapuna – Across the bridge on the “North Shore”, another popular summer hangout with a fantastic beach, waterfront town, and a freshwater lake. Best in a westerly or SW wind at any tide; lots of watersports gear for hire.
Ponsonby Road – Long strip of independent retailers and restaurants stretching between College Hill and Karangahape Road. Easy access using the Outer Link bus outside the conference venue (head uphill towards the city).
Dominion Road & Sandringham Road – Transport yourself to China, India, Korea, Thailand and everywhere in-between in the shops around Dominion & Valley Road, Dominion & Balmoral Road or Sandringham & Kitchener Road.
Mt. Eden – One of the best views of Auckland CBD can be found atop this volcanic cone, with a lovely village of restaurants, bars and cafes underneath.
Ferry (all boats leave from the Downtown Ferry Terminal)
Devenport/Stanley Bay/Cheltenham – Across the harbour from the CBD, these historic villages are well preserved. Nearby volcanic cones provide stunning views of the harbour and city. Reasonable $40 tour takes you everywhere.
Rangitoto Island – The youngest volcano in Auckland is preserved in its natural state. Walk up to the top for fantastic views and lava caves (bring a torch).
Tiritiri Matangi Island – A full-day trip, but a must-do if you want to meet NZ’s endemic birdlife. The island is a pest-free sanctuary and you’re guaranteed to meet many birds on many well-maintained bushwalking tracks.