Climb a volcanoAuckland has over 40 volcanos, and exploring them is a great way to discover the city, see some spectacular views, and get fit while you’re doing it. You can actually see two oceans from Auckland’s volcanos, the Pacific and the Tasman. All for free! Mt Eden is the perfect place for a picnic, soak in the panorama while lying back on the grass feeling virtuous after your climb. North Head in Devonport also has views for miles, and there is a warren of old WW2 tunnels to explore if you have a torch. And of course the big daddy of all the Auckland volcanos is Rangitoto. This isn’t strictly speaking free, unless you have a mate with a boat, but well worth booking a tour.
Hit the beachesWith the weather warming up it’s time to shuck off those winter woollies and hunt out your togs (that’s Kiwi for swimsuit if you’re not a local).Auckland has a myriad of beautiful beaches, with miles of volcanic black sand, wild surf and tiny shell strewn coves. If you’re a keen surfer head to the West Coast beaches. Check out Jason’s Top 5 Surf Spots for more suggestions. For swimming and lounging under shady trees admiring the view North Shore beaches are just the ticket. Jason’s guide to beaches in Auckland and the North Shore is perfect for planning that picnic on the beach, as is Auckland Tourism’s guide to Auckland beaches.
Visit Auckland Art GalleryThis gallery was established in 1888, and is the largest in New Zealand with a significant permanent collection and regular touring exhibitions from around the world. Not only is the art superb, but the refurbished building was awarded World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival in 2013. Find out what’s on at the gallery website.
Explore the waterfrontWander through Silo Marina and check out the super yachts (you could even try chatting the owners up; they might take you to Rangitoto!). Then stroll along to Silo Park and take in inspirational quotes about Auckland as part of the Tank Art Project and the lovely views of the marina and Auckland Harbour Bridge. Silo Park hosts free events in summer, including outdoor films, concerts and markets. The Silo Park website has details of events. Karanga Plaza Kiosk has interactive displays about the waterfront area and a beautiful sculpture called the Wind Tree. For a cheap feed to follow up all this free fun, try the Auckland Fish Market for fresh seafood straight off the boat and live jazz the first Sunday of each month.
SkyWalk and bring your friend for freeSeptember’s your last chance to grab our popular 2 for 1 SkyWalk deal. Not only does one of you get to SkyWalk for free, but you also get free passes to the SkyTower observation deck after your adventure, so you can admire the best views in Auckland all over again, once your knees have stopped shaking. BOOK SKYWALK NOW >
Tell us about your SkyWalkThe Sky walk was quite something... it was quite frightening. It really messes with your head. You don't feel harnessed. You don't feel the rope holding you. You feel very vulnerable. I don't know if that feeling really went away the whole time I was out on the ledge. Leaning over the side felt quite terrifying. Illogical. A very stupid thing to do! Would I recommend it? Yes! Absolutely. It's huge.
What's the most frightening thing you have ever done?Skywalk! I've SkyJumped and I've bungy jumped, and they're both a big thrill. But Skywalk is scarier than both. You never feel safe! With SkyJump and bungy you feel the safety of the harness, but with SkyWalk you feel like nothing is going to stop you falling over the edge. You feel completely exposed.
What's the bravest thing you've ever done?Well I do cycle to work every day in Christchurch! In terms of sheer physical exertion I ran the Dunedin marathon last year. That was a big one. I don't know if I'd call it brave…more stupid!
What other New Zealand adventures would you recommend?Well the Shotover Jet's good fun. You go really fast and really close to rocks. It's a pretty big buzz. And at the other end of the technology scale there's this off road luge near Kaikoura. It's just ridiculous! You're hurtling down this narrow path with trees either side on this crazy little go cart. I'm amazed they get away with it! Why is feeling like we're going to die such a thrill? Humans are strange creatures.
What's on your bucket list?I'll probably end up doing the Coast to Coast or something stupid like that one day… Marathons are a weird one. I did my first one last year. I said never again. Now I'm planning to do a couple more this year. But I don't feel the urge to go and do a world famous event like the New York marathon.
SkyJump & SkyWalk at night from 7pm on Tuesday 29 AprilCalling all daredevils to celebrate the end of daylight saving!
Do it in the dark!SkyWalk round the Sky Tower at night, and see the lights of Auckland spread out below. SkyJump into the darkness. Is it scarier in the dark? Well you won’t know until you’ve tried! There are only limited spaces for this night time adventure, so book now.
Phone 0800 759 586 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to book.Direct bookings only and no discounted rates for this event! Sorry! PRICES FOR NIGHT SKYWALK & NIGHT SKYJUMP
Student / Backpacker with ID
Family 2 adults & 2 students / children
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It’s 2 for 1 SkyWalk timeThe days are getting shorter. The nights are getting colder. It will be winter soon.
EXCELLENT!All over Auckland you can hear the sounds of knees knocking and teeth chattering with nerves, because it’s 2 for 1 SkyWalk time. That’s right. Buy one adult SkyWalk and get another completely FREE, until September 30 2014. The possibilities are endless.
- Take a group of mates for an outing they’ll never forget.
- Dare your boss!
- Give the ultimate gift to your ‘favourite’ client!
- Take your team round the edge for a team building event to remember.
- Forget the stripper…try a SkyWalk for a stag do or a hens night with a difference.
- That mate who thinks they’re so hard? Let’s see how hard they really are…
- It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday 11 May. Flowers and chocolates are boring…give your Mum the best view in Auckland instead!
- Special date? SkyWalk and then take your date to the Sugar Club for dinner to recover!