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Green Travel in Auckland

Destination(s): Auckland

Auckland is one of the best places to visit for a green traveler, as much of the area is committed to sustainability. read more about Green Travel in Auckland

Eden Park Bed and Breakfast

Eden Park Bed and Breakfast

Ferg's Kayaks

Ferg's Kayaks

  • 12 Tamaki Drive
  • Okahu Bay
  • tel:+64 9 529 2230
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 1071
Queen Street

Queen Street

  • 20 Bellwood Avenue Mt Eden
  • Auckland, 1001

Originally named for Queen Victoria (circa 1840), Queen Street is the major commercial street in Auckland's CBD. it starts at Queen's Wharf on the water and extends for more than 3 kilometers up to Karangahape Road (you know it as K Road). It was the first street in New Zealand to be asphalted and also the first one with a Tram. Queen Street houses branches (multiple) of every major bank as well as scores of stores ranging from stationery to the old glamour of Auckland department store Smith & Caughey. If you are looking for chain restaurants, this is also the place with all the major represented. It also houses the best bookstores in town (Whitcoull's, Border's, and Dymock's). If it is Christmas time when you visit, be sure to check out the giant Santa above the entrance to Whitcoull's. In keeping with its stature as an important street, parades and demonstrations are held here (including the infamous Bikes N Boobs). read more about Queen Street

Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves

  • Waitomo Caves Road
  • Otorohanga
  • tel:+64 7 878 8227
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 2564
Moirs Hill Lookout

Moirs Hill Lookout

  • Off State Highway 1
  • 66 km north of Auckland
  • tel:+64 9 426 0076 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 1244
Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island

  • Hauraki Gulf
  • North-east of Central Auckland
  • tel:+64 9 429 0033
  • Visit website
  • Great Barrier Island, 1236
Auckland Sky Tower

Auckland Sky Tower

  • Corner of Federal Streeet and Victoria – Entrance via the Sky City Casino
  • (Sky City)
  • tel:+64 9 363 6000
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 1001

The Sky Tower, Auckland's most visible landmark, was completed in 1995. As it's the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere, you can get a great view up there. If you're brave, you can even jump off it while attached to a line, faced-down. The other option is a walk along the "balcony" that encircles the top floor viewing platform. Inside the main building is Sky City where you can book the jump or walk, gamble your life away in the casino, or eat in the restaurants. There is also a posh hotel.

This is the location of the biggest tourist information, 'i Site', so think of it as a good place to begin your exploration of Auckland.
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Matamata

Matamata

Rangitoto Island

Rangitoto Island

  • Hauraki Gulf
  • tel:+64 9 379 6476 (Department of Conservation Visitor Centre)
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 1020

Rangitoto is the largest (260 meters tall, 2300+ hectares) and youngest of the North Island volcanoes. It last erupted as recently as 600 years ago. It is iconic on the Auckland landscape and serves as a landmark in the Hauraki Gulf. Rangitoto is a great day trip and ferries leave daily at regularly scheduled intervals. It is home to the largest forest of Pohutukawa trees in the world and has no permanent residents today. In fact, overnight stays have been banned on the island since the 1930's. To appreciate the natural beauty of the island, you need to be prepared for a day in the sun and have your own drinks and snacks.
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Pakiri Beach Horse Riding

Pakiri Beach Horse Riding

  • Rahuikiri Road
  • Wellsford
  • tel:+64 9 422 6275
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 1242

Points for originality, this operation offers horse rides from 1/2 an hour right up to 7 day treks with accommodation in nice cabins and home cooked meals. You'll get a rundown of "the rules" for having a great time on a horse on their website to study beforehand so you can feel confident and they provide any safety equipment needed. One of their most popular rides is the "Pub to Pub" which is a three-day ride that takes in a Maori Pa site and a couple of fine drinking establishments. I just hope the horses don't drink!
The farm is located near Matakana, which is know by foodies all over New Zealand. So, it would be easy to combine a ride and a stay over in Matakana if that takes your fancy.
read more about Pakiri Beach Horse Riding

Waitakere Ranges (The)

Waitakere Ranges (The)

  • Waitakere City
  • tel:+64 9 266 2000 (Auckland Regional Council)
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 1008
Kermadec Ocean Fresh Restaurant

Kermadec Ocean Fresh Restaurant

  • 204 Quay Street
  • 1st Floor Viaduct Quay
  • tel:64 9 309 0412 / 64 9 307 0019
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 1001
Auckland Domain

Auckland Domain

  • Park Road
  • (Across Grafton Bridge)
  • tel:+64 9 379 2020 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 1001
Black Water Rafting at Waitomo Caves

Black Water Rafting at Waitomo Caves

Oneroa Beach

Oneroa Beach

  • Waiheke Island
  • Hauraki Gulf
  • tel:+64 9 979 7070 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 1240
Matua Valley Wines

Matua Valley Wines

  • Waikoukou Valley Road
  • Waimauku
  • tel:+64 9 411 8301
  • Visit website
  • Waimauku, 1250
Kitchen

Kitchen

Situated inside the refitted Hotel De Brett, Kitchen is a blend of styles in its décor and its food. The presentation is formal, but the room is light and airy (amazing what an atrium will do). All the wine on the menu is avialable in either a glass or a bottle giving you a chance to really experiment with the tasty food. read more about Kitchen

Muriwai Gannet Colony

Muriwai Gannet Colony

  • Muriwai Beach
  • Muriwai Beach
  • tel:+64 9 979 7070
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 1250

There are many things to admire about the Gannet Colony at Muriwai beach. First, it's the breathtaking scenery. As you look down the black sand beach with the surf smashing into the rocks and spilling over on to the beach, you think it goes on forever. It actually extends 60 kilometers to the North. Moving toward the colony, you will see an almost 90 degree angle of an island. When you get used to the scenery, it's the bird's themselves. They arrive there amidst the chaos. There are estimated to be 1,200 of the birds weighing in at 2.5 kg's each fighting for space on the island. They nest just centimeters apart and lay one egg. The Parents take turns on the nest adding to the chaos (each has a wingspan of almost 2 meters). The chicks hatch and begin the process of getting feathers on their wings. They are destined for a one-shot take off (miss it and you fall into the ocean) that will lead them on an adventure that will see them cross the Tasman to Australia. The survivors will return a few years later to the site and repeat the process. The colony is an hour's drive from Auckland. It is well signposted (head to Muriwai Beach) and provides parking. Once parked, you follow the walking track around to the viewing areas. There are some great insights on the signs so go ahead and take the time to read about your fellow winged travelers. read more about Muriwai Gannet Colony

Tanuki Sushi & Sake Bar

Tanuki Sushi & Sake Bar

  • 319 Queen Street
  • tel:64 9 379 5353
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 1010
Pacific Ferries

Pacific Ferries

  • 117 Quay Street
  • Pier 4
  • tel:+64 9 303 1741
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 1001
Historic Ferry Building (The)

Historic Ferry Building (The)

  • 99 Quay Street
  • tel:+64 9 979 7060 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 1001
Soul Bar & Bistro

Soul Bar & Bistro

  • Viaduct Harbour
  • Viaduct Harbour
  • tel:64 9 356 7249
  • Visit website
  • Auckland

Situated in the cat bird seat of the Viaduct Harbour, Soul is a wildly popular spot for both drinking and eating. The views from its west-facing deck feature the boats of the Viaduct as well as some of Auckland's most beautiful people. The cuisine is focused on seafood, but has something for just about everyone (I'm not 100% on the vegan thing so you guys may need to call ahead). If you are interested in a cold beverage, walk right on in. If you are looking to indulge in some of their award winning food, be sure to call for reservations (+64 9 356-7249). As you peruse the menu, remember two things: the chowder is always good and the Macaroni and Cheese is divine (who would have guessed?). read more about Soul Bar & Bistro

Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island

  • Hauraki Gulf
  • tel:+64 9 372 9999 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 1240

Waiheke Island is the 2nd largest island in the Hauraki Gulf and is 17.7 kilometers from Auckland's CBD. it features many wineries (a new one every month it seems) and has one of New Zealand's best beaches, Onetangi. The easiest way for a visitor to get to Waiheke is by ferry. Ferries leave just about every hour on the hour (check the schedule as it varies on the weekend) and return until around 11 PM (earlier on Sunday). When you arrive at the Matiatia wharf, you can then select from the option of a taxi, public bus or hire car. There are many famous wineries and almost all of them have a restaurant on the premises to sample the wines and nibble some local delicacies. Two of the more popular wineries are Stonyridge and Mudbrick, but there really is no bad one. If you can pull yourself away from the vino, head to Onetangi beach for a walk or a swim. With views heading straight out to the Coromandel and one of the country's best white sand beaches, it is a great place to enjoy the natural beauty of Auckland. read more about Waiheke Island

Euro Bar

Euro Bar

  • Shed 22, Princes Wharf
  • Quay Street
  • tel:64 09 309 9866
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 1010