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Five Best Things to Do in Auckland – Get to Know New Zealand Better

The most populous urban area in New Zealand, Auckland is a cosmopolitan and multiethnic city in which one can find many fascinating things to do. Nestled between two coastlines, this bustling metropolitan city houses a blend of urban and natural landscapes offering many delights to their visitors.

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Visit Auckland Botanic Gardens

Spread over a massive region of 64 hectares, the Auckland Botanic Gardens boasts of an exquisite collection of plants and flowers from near and far. The gardens can be located within a driving distance from properties such as Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences. One can look forward to walking among more than 10,000 varieties of trees, plants, and other types of flora that are neatly arranged across multiple sections when visiting this place. Even though the initial idea for a Botanic Garden was brought forward in the late 1920s, it wasn't until the early 1980s that the Auckland Botanic Gardens were officially opened for the public. These gardens play a vital role in promoting an appreciation of trees and plants, plus creating awareness about the importance of them for the survival of all animals.

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A Day Trip to Waiheke Island

One can find the Waiheke Island nestled on the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand, which is adored for its scenic vineyards, stunning beachscapes, and challenging hiking trails. This island, which spans over 92 square kilometres, can be accessed by embarking on a 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. It is known as the 'island of wine' for its array of wineries, thus partaking in a wine-tasting tour is one of the most exquisite experiences you'd have on this island. With other recreational opportunities such as taking a refreshing dip in the surrounding crystal-clear waters and taking part in adventurous bushwalks, Waiheke Island is identified as the ultimate island retreat by many tourists who come for a visit.

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Explore Great Barrier Island

An island that protects New Zealand from the constant swells of the Pacific Ocean, Great Barrier Island is a paradise that is covered in a verdant native forest, offering marvellous sights to its visitors. The island isn't much exposed to the modern world. Thus it succeeds in taking one's breath away with that rare sense of feeling at one with nature. The Great Barrier Island is the largest of the islands on the Hauraki Gulf of the country, with the second-largest being the Waiheke Island. The island may have received its name from Captain Cook, who observed that the Great Barrier Island acts as a gigantic barrier between the Hauraki Gulf and the Pacific Ocean. On this island, you can look forward to hiking the Aotea Track, exploring the wildlife of Glenfern Sanctuary, and relaxing on the Medlands Beach.

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Rediscover a Lost Island

Once the location of a private alcohol and drug rehabilitation centre, Rotoroa Island, was reopened for the public almost after a century. The island is often overlooked in terms of its natural beauty. It is known as a conservation and heritage site, including an exhibition centre, museum, historic chapel, and jailhouse. Apart from that, a visitor to Rotoroa Island can also expect to enjoy and relax in its four stunningly beautiful beaches and stroll along its lush walking trails.

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Explore Auckland Art Gallery

Auckland Art Gallery is truly a gem in the city that showcases the proud culture and heritage of the country. It was founded in 1888, and it's acclaimed for being the country's most extensive visual arts experience. The gallery itself is a work of art with magnificent Kauri columns and a striking canopy that towers above you as you enter the building. The Learning Centre of this gallery has kept excellent resources that are related to the exhibitions that frequent the venue. Visiting the Auckland Art Gallery is considered one of the best things to do in Auckland City.