Recommended Auckland sightseeing includes:
Travel 5 minutes along the scenic waterfront drive to Bastion Point that has panoramic views over the Waitemata Harbour, Rangitoto Island and central Auckland sightseeing.
Bastion Point has large grassed open spaces for casual recreation such as picnicking, ball games, kite flying etc.
There is a memorial to Michael Joseph Savage, New Zealand’s first Labour Prime Minister built on the
site of a former gun emplacement, dating from the 1880s.
The memorial obelisk is surrounded by beautiful gardens and a reflective pool with hedges and flower-beds.
Bastion Point is open from 6.30am-9pm daily.
The car park is closed after dark.
A bit further on from Bastion Point, and about 10 minutes drive along the scenic waterfront from Aucklands CBD. Has a range cafes, restaurants and bars, including: Italian, Thai, Turkish, Indian. Making it a good destination if you want to eat and then have a pleasant walk along the beach, that can include a swim at the sheltered beach. There’s also a good selection of ice cream, if you feeling hot and want to sit and watch the scenery.
One Tree Hill.
Drive one of the scenic routes through Cornwall Park, with sheep and cattle grazing among the the stately trees, to the summit of an extinct volcano, named One Tree Hill, to observe panoramic views of the city and isthmus in all directions.
Drive up Mt Eden, for one of the Auckland sightseeing panoramas from another extinct volcano for magnificent views of the city and Waitemata and Manukau Harbours.
The historic seaside village of Devonport has a charming and relaxed atmosphere.
Stroll around the village at your leisure and visit some of its attractions including the many art
galleries and historic points of interest.
There’s plenty of cafes, bars and dining establishments here to satisfy any hunger of thirst when you’re Auckland sightseeing.
Galleries are scattered throughout the village with a range of art by specialists in glass art, ceramics,
paintings, sculptures, jewelery and more.
Listed below are some Devonport galleries that are well
worth a visit:
Peter Raos – master glass artist.
Address: 2 Queens Parade, Devonport
Phone: +64 9 445 4278
Flagstaff Gallery – One of the leading dealers in contemporary New Zealand fine art .
Address: 30 Victoria Road, Devonport
Phone: +64 9 445 1142
Lode Jewellery – gallery and workshop of gold and silver hand-crafted jewelery.
Address:35 King Edward Parade,Devonport.
Phone +64 9 446 6633
Fax +64 9 446 6433
Email designer Roley McIntyre
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-5:30pm
Art by the Sea – contemporary New Zealand art from fine art to glass-work, pottery, sculpture,
jewelery and wood-turning.
Cnr King Edward Parade and Church St
(opposite Masonic Tavern) Devonport.
Mobile: +64 021 577 078
Devonport also has an interesting history from both its indigenous Maori inhabitants and colonial
European settlers. Three small volcanoes are situated in Devonport, which are believed to have been occupied by fortified Maori settlements from about 1350 AD.
Wandering around the village Auckland sightseeing, takes you back to a bygone era of colonial settlement in the 1800s, as the streets are lined with beautifully renovated Victorian villas. The wharf at the edge of the shops has a memorial to the arrival of Maori people on the Tainui canoe about 1300 AD.
You can get to Devonport by car or ferry. The ferry departs from the bottom end of Queen Street, at the wharf.
North Heads history dates back to 1150 AD according to Maori lore. In the 1870’s, early European settlers occupied North Head and set up military defenses to protect the Waitemata Harbour from the feared invasion by Russians that never eventuated.
You can explore the tunnels of North Head,(take a torch!), and find the disappearing guns, searchlight emplacements and other military defense structures. North Head also has some of the best Auckland sightseeing views of the Hauraki Gulf and the Waitemata Harbour.
North Head is about 1.5 kilometres from Devonport, along King Edward Parade by the water front and then follow the signs on the right to North Head.
The reserve is open from 6am to 10pm seven days a week.
The Scenic Drive.
Another Auckland sightseeing route that runs through the bush-clad Waitakere Ranges from Titirangi to Swanson in the west of Auckland.It gets its name from the sweeping views over the western parts of the Auckland Region.
The road passes through the village of Waiatarua, but most of it is through native bush, in Centennial Memorial Park or the neighbouring water catchment area. It connects with West Coast Road, Shaw Road, Konini Road and Piha Road to the surf beaches at Karekare and Piha.
There are many hiking trails starting from Scenic Drive. The Arataki Visitor Centre provides visitor information including maps of the walking tracks. A tourist tramline/railway runs from northern Scenic Drive to the Waitakere dam, and Rose Hellaby House near Waiatarua is a museum. Along the parts of the road that pass through private land are, several potters, and several architecturally designed houses in the bush, such as that of photographer Brian Brake.