Advantages Great place to see views of city
Disadvantages It is a city and New Zealand is so much more beautiful to go rural
General over view:Auckland was my first destination when I arrived in New Zealand, traveling into the city and seeing the Sky Tower for the first time was really cool, I remember thinking I made it! I am really here!! The City is big but easy to get around using the tram system they have in place. It is a very clean and friendly city, if you don't have long I would recommend a couple of days here.
The Sky Tower is the main thing to see and do and is a great place to get great views, I also recommend taking a ferry trip to one of the near by islands. A great hint and tip for you is to take the Stray Bus free city tour, this was great to see what Auckland has to offer you, and you can book onto the tour through your hostel. They pick you up from the hostel and first take you to the Sky Tower, here they will ask if anyone wants to do the Sky Tower jump, the first person to put their hand up gets to do it for free so make sure you are quick of the mark.
Airport to the city:
When arriving in Auckland it is very easy to get into the City using the shuttle bus service.
The Sky Tower is a must do for anyone visiting Auckland; standing at 380 meters high make sure you time it for sunset, that way you get to see the city both at day and night, feeling brave take a step onto the glass floor! I know it is perfectly safe but still I was very nervous about it! I am such a coward when it comes to heights!
If you are feeling very brave then you can pay to do a Sky Walk around the outside of the tower, this costs $115, and you get strapped into a harness and walk around the outside.
Entry to the top of the tour costs $25 or $18 if you are a backpacker with a discount card like VIP or YHA.
The Harbor Bridge climb is great; also if you are feeling brave you can bungee from the bridge itself, 40m over the water at a cost $99 one of the cheapest bungees in New Zealand.
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