All the locals will agree, you must visit the Sky Tower when in Auckland, and it is not hard to see why when admiring the view from the top. Cheap flights to Auckland mean that it is quite easy to fly into Auckland just to see the tower if necessary. Standing 328 metres tall, which makes it the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, the tower is an instantly recognisable symbol of Auckland. Primarily designed as telecommunications and television broadcasting tower the Sky Tower attracts half a million visitors per year, and houses two restaurants and a café - one of them New Zealand's only revolving restaurant, unrolling a twinkling panorama while you eat.
Daring visitors can get an adrenaline rush by indulging in a bungee-jump off the Auckland Harbour Bridge, just off the Waitemata Harbour. Enjoy fabulous views from the custom designed bungee pod before launching yourself into space. For an extra thrill, book the 'water touch' which will get you dipped into the water for a quick cool down!
Popular beaches like Piha and Bethell's Beach attract an explosion of visitors, both foreign and local in the summer time and if you love water sports and beach activities, certainly add one or more of the beautiful beaches near Auckland into the itinerary.
Animal lovers will definitely want to include Tawharanui Regional Park and the Muriwai Gannet Colony in their visit, seeing the large mass of birdlife at the latter and learning about the flora and fauna of the islands and conservation efforts being enacted to save endangered species at the former.
Getting around Auckland is easily arranged as there is a wide variety of transport systems available - in fact, it might be quite difficult to choose one of them! The central business area of Auckland is quite compact, within half an hour's drive across, and is well serviced by buses, taxis and trains. Travel by river taxi or ferry for a unique view and wonderful nautical experience, or even splash out on a flight over the town to see the landmarks and sights from above.