The west is wild and remote with untamed beauty where lush native rainforest plunges down the hills to where the Tasman Sea's mighty surf pounds onto dramatic black sand beaches. Although you'll feel a world away, many of these beautiful beaches a... Show More
Tourist Information About West Auckland
The west is wild and remote with untamed beauty where lush native rainforest plunges down the hills to where the Tasman Sea's mighty surf pounds onto dramatic black sand beaches. Although you'll feel a world away, many of these beautiful beaches are less than an hour from the city centre, making them ideal day trip destinations. Popular with experienced surfers and swimmers and with hundreds of kilometres of walking trails meandering through native forest. Many attractions are here with huge gannet colonies lining the cliffs and New Zealand fur seals patrolling the beaches. Inland is where you'll find Auckland's oldest established vineyards, market gardens and local artists.
Best Attractions and free things to do in West Auckland
1. Wine and Cheese Afternoon Tour
Kumeu is the historic heart of winemaking in New Zealand. This afternoon tour visits 3 locally owned vineyards for wine tasting and includes a delicious vineyard platter at our final winery. We take care of the driving so you can relax and enjoy the wines.
Even if you have never done a wine tour or been wine tasting before, our guides make it a relaxed and enjoyable experience for a great afternoon out.
Bring your friends on a free, sunny day and spend it breaking bread filling it with fun and laughter!
2. Skydive Auckland
Are you ready to jump out of a plane? At Skydive Auckland, redefine freedom and escape reality with the highest tandem skydive in New Zealand, at a thrilling 20,000ft. Imagine the thrill of freefalling at 200 km/h with a stunning and unique backdrop of both New Zealand's east and west beaches. After freefall, relax and enjoy the tranquility of a lovely parachute journey while taking in breathtaking vistas in all directions. You'll want to do it all over again as soon as you're down!
Skydive Auckland staff has over 20 years of expertise and is dedicated to giving you an amazing, enjoyable, and safe skydiving experience.
3. Rangitoto Island
Rangitoto, with its characteristic symmetrical cone and excellent placement right off the shore, is Auckland's most iconic island. The island, which is only a short picturesque ferry journey across the harbor from downtown Auckland, is a popular hiking and day-trip destination.
Emerging from the sea just 600 years ago, pest-free Rangitoto Island is the youngest volcano in New Zealand.
4. Hobbiton Express Tour
This small group tour from Auckland to the Hobbiton movie set is an easy day trip. A fully guided tour of the set from 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' trilogy is included in the day. The Shire Rest Cafe also serves a delicious lunch. From pick-up to drop-off in Auckland City, our knowledgeable guides will look after you the entire day. They feature a detailed route description, as well as information about the locations you'll be passing through and the history of the movie set you'll be visiting. There is a quick halt on the way down to Hobbiton at a local cafe if you wish to buy some local baked goods or a cup of coffee.
5. Auckland East Coast Bays
Visit the stunning East Coast Bays for beautiful beaches and watersports and plenty of café’s, restaurants and boutique shops.
6. Auckland Hiking Trails
There is a great list of great hiking trails around Auckland. Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park, Aotea Conservation Park, Long Bay Regional Park, Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Duder Regional Park, Totara Park, Shakespear Regional Park, Orakei Basin Reserve to name a few.
7. Rangitoto Summit Track
Auckland has its own Ring of Fire, though your volcano scavenger quest would be incomplete without a trip to the top of Rangitoto. You'll pass through rock formations and the world's largest pōhutukawa grove on your journey to the top, where you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the Tāmaki Makaurau and the Hauraki Gulf.
8. Adrenaline adventures
Auckland has something for everyone, whether you're seeking for adrenaline rushes or simply a little excitement. Many of them are once-in-a-lifetime experiences in a country famed for pushing limits.
To name a few of these adrenaline adventures, you can give Escape rooms, Rainbow’s End, America’s Cup Sailing, Eco Zip Adventures, Skyscreamer, Sky Tower, Sky Jump or Sky Walk a try!