In addition to the work, there was enough time to explore New Zealand’s largest city. Auckland is huge in its extent. It never feels like a city. With the exception of a small town center, the city is an amalgamation of former towns. These became neighborhoods and each one has its own personality.
In fact, the huge size of the city means that no neighborhood is the same. Some of the coolest suburbs have an alternative charm that leaves a lasting impression.
Here are some handpicked ones that you should definitely visit while exploring New Zealand’s largest city:
Devonport, south of Auckland’s North Shore, is one of the city’s oldest settlements. A rich Maori heritage, an interesting maritime history and Victorian-style villas make this a great destination for a day out. The ferry will take you from the city to Devonport. The crossing to the harbor takes about 15 minutes. From there you can see a beautiful coastline and a wealth of architectural monuments. Of course you can also drive by car.
Are you looking for inviting bars, excellent restaurants and best boutiques? Ponsonby is the place for you. The suburb is only 10 minutes from downtown. It’s a chic area with a mix of classic houses and modern facilities.
Parnell is Auckland’s oldest neighborhood and looks like an old village. It is lined with exclusive boutiques, cafes and a beautiful rose garden. In Parnell you will also find the popular French market of La Cigale, which takes place every weekend. To be honest, no Auckland trip would ever be complete without a visit to this eclectic foodie event. Very small and fine.
Mission Bay is a thriving area with some of Auckland’s most beautiful beaches. It is surrounded by cool cafes and restaurants that offer picturesque views of the harbor. The promenade invites you for a walk and you just stay on the beach. From there you can admire the island of Rangitoto from far away.