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My recommendations for visiting Auckland

The first thing I would do would be to walk up Mt Eden for a magnificent view of the city and surrounding neighbourhoods. Do it at dusk/sundown and you'll be joined by hundreds of locals (and some tourists) who just go to enjoy the relazed atmosphere. Take the Ferry to Rangitoto Island and climb to the top. Not many tourists (or locals) do it, but again the views are great. Take reuseable water bottles, sunscreen and good hiking shoes. It's all volcanic rock, and the vegetation and wildlife on the island makes you feel like you have gone back in time 1000's of years.

My favorite things/places to do in Auckland for 2-3 days

For Auckland I would suggest the following things you can do! I would highly recommend getting a car as there’s not much you can get to without one (although public transport is great for getting to the CBD and around the area I would suggest a car for places in the suburbs). Day 1: I would recommend going to the see the beautiful west coast of Auckland, nestled in the Waitakere Ranges are the black sand beaches of the west coast! If you’re not looking for something too touristy I would suggest Muriwai Beach and the Karekare Falls and Beach! If you also have time you can head to Piha Beach to see the famous Lion Rock! Day 2: I would suggest to go to Puhoi, north of Auckland! It’s a beautiful little town, where you can cruise along the Puhoi River and go to New Zealand’s oldest pub, the Puhoi Pub! Day 3: Take a Ferry to either Waiheke Island (goes from Britomart in downtown) or to Rotorua Island to escape the hustle and bustle of the city!

What I loved about my trip to New Zealand

We could talk about New Zealand for a week straight, but words fall short to describe New Zealand properly, you really have to see it for yourself! It has the most diverse scenery you can imagine; from green hills, almost tropical beaches and rainforest to massive glacial lakes, volcanoes, rugged shoreline and everything in between. The wildlife in New Zealand is incredible, we've swum with wild dolphins, went paddle boarding with stingrays, saw super rare penguins, royal albatross and of course the famous kiwi bird. We spent 8 months exploring New Zealand in our self-built campervan and we can honestly say that it was the experience of a lifetime!

What to do in New Zealand if you have only a few days to explore

You should base yourself in Queenstown if you only have a few days. There's a lot of activites to do there and the scenery is stunning. If you can, rent a car as it'll be easier for you to explore the surroundings of Queenstown. Head to Wanaka, it's like a supermarket for day hikes/walks. I'd suggest Roy’s Peak and Rob Roy Glacier. Roys Peak might be a bit crowded since the whole area is becoming more and more touristy as years go. You can also use Queenstown Water Taxi’s on Lake Wakatipu to get around, as the area is beautiful. Hope you'll enjoy your time there.