New Zealand receives millions of visitors per year. In 2018 more than 3 million visitors had arrived in the country by March.
Riding this Wave is Auckland which has seen a growth in its visitor numbers by 1.2 million in the last five years.
Here are some ideas on things to do in Auckland to wind down when on your next business trip.
1. Witness Nature’s Finest at Cornwall Park
If you are coming up short on what to do in Auckland, you need to add visiting Cornwall Park to that list. Epsum Cornwall Park is where man comes to spend time surrounded by nature.
You can wander among the 8,000 trees in the park which offer great shade and beauty to sit and read or relax under. If you are a plant buff, there are 350 species of the trees to study and learn about.
The park also boasts of 30 different bird species that bird watchers can scout and devour. If you seek a green reprieve, Cornwall Park is a sure bet.
2. Spice Your Things to Do In Auckland List with History
When you want to take a break from your business itinerary in Auckland, history can provide a relaxing and educative alternative. The Auckland War Memorial Museum is the go-to place to learn about the city’s story.
The memorial was started in 1852 and features artifacts on New Zealand’s military, natural and general history. Look out for the daily Maori cultural performance to experience it firsthand.
3. Go Skiing at Snowplanet
If you happen to be on business in Auckland and love skiing, you will be delighted to learn that you can have fun without venturing far in the wilderness.
Snowplanet is located in Silverdale and is the only all-year indoor snow resort in New Zealand.
It caters to all types of visitors seeking some fun in the snow. Beginners can get going on the beginners’ slope, and snow sports veterans are welcome to explore the world-class terrain.
At Snowplanet you do not need to time your visit to coincide with winter to tube, sled or ski.
4. Take In Some Entertainment at The Civic
It is no secret that Auckland has some of the best meeting venues in all of New Zealand.
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Far from the office, The Civic is one venue you must visit. If you are big on performing arts, live music performances, and cinema, you will have an exhilarating experience.
5. Toi o Tamaki Art Gallery Exhibitions
Auckland offers not only musical entertainment but also artistic experiences that business travelers can visit to enjoy their leisure time.
The Toi o Tamaki art gallery is home to 16,000 art pieces of contemporary, historical and modern origin. The oldest pieces date back to the 10th and 12th century.
The artistic experience the Toi o Tamaki provides is not just in pieces it plays host to but also in its architecture. As you encounter the art take time to let the building’s design awe you as you create lasting memories.
6. Go Shopping
There are some motivational benefits to be had in shopping, and after a long day at the office, retail therapy can help lift your mood. Auckland features several shopping precincts that offer you a variety of options.
If you want to indulge in some fashion, then Ponsonby is the place to hit. Britomart will keep you updated on the latest trends with a wide variety of collections from top-notch brands.
You can catch the ferry to Davenport for some art from local artist. No matter your taste Auckland has the variety to keep you entertained when shopping.
7. Explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Nature hardly ceases to awe us with wonder, and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a testament to this fact. Break from your travel with a visit to this natural wonder with a silent boat ride.
The Glowworms only found in New Zealand and nowhere else in the world, illuminate the ceilings of the cave.
The guided tour will take you approximately 45 minutes and is perfect for a quick break before getting back to business.
8. Go Up to Mount Eden
Mount Eden is a dormant volcano located in a prime area four miles northwest of Cornwall Park and three miles south of the city.
It is covered in grass, and when you climb to the peak, you get to see a breathtaking view of downtown Auckland as it is the area’s highest point.
Although it is near the city, you can’t access it on foot from the central business district. Some buses stop near it for you to walk to access it.
The most convenient time to visit Mount Eden is during sunrise and sunset where the panoramic view comes alive.
9. Take Part in the Night Life
A one-of-a-kind way to experience Auckland’s nightlife is through the unique and lively night markets.
These markets are focused on displaying jewelry, crafts and serving cuisines of the world. There can be up to 200 stalls every night, and therefore you will have a wide variety to pick from for your experience.
The Sky Tower will help you enjoy the nightlife by offering you a view of the city by night. Afterward, you can have a pleasant meal at the 360-degree rotating restaurant on the observatory platform.
10. Sneak Some Adventure into the Itinerary
For the business traveler who happens to double as an adventure fan, some activities can get your adrenaline going.
For example, you can bungee jump off the Auckland Harbour Bridge or climb over and under it.
The exhilarating SkyWalk will see you walk around the Sky Tower’s exterior platform with only a rope. If you are daring enough, you can take a SkyJump which so happens to be the highest base jump in New Zealand.
So Much to See and Do
New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries you could ever visit. Even if you are traveling for business, there are many things to do in Auckland that could make your trip memorable. Check out this blog for more insights.