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Nearby Auckland Attractions
Wondering what you should do after picking up your Auckland Rental Car? Here are a few attractions in Auckland you might like to consider checking out:
Auckland Sky Tower
Standing close to our Auckland car rental depot in the heart of the city, and boasting a myriad of entertainment options, restaurants and even a casino, the Sky Tower is a must-see attraction for all visitors to Auckland. The tower itself was opened in 1997 and soon became Auckland’s premier tourist attraction, with over half-a-million visitors per year.
Standing well over three-hundred metres high, the tower offers 360 degree views stretching up to 80 kilometres from its three spacious viewing decks, which come complete with viewing telescope, information panels, and glass flooring for more courageous souls. Perfect for waving down to those who chose to stay with the hire car rather than brave the heights!
While on the subject of adventure-seeking, those of a particularly daring disposition may be interested in the Sky Jump, a bungee-style jump from near the tower’s peak, or the Sky Walk, an outdoor trek around the tower’s 192 metre high pergola. Visitors looking for a slightly calmer kick can visit the tower’s adjacent casino, which houses over 1600 gaming machines and 100 tables, catering for high-rollers as well as those just seeking a cheap thrill. If you’re seeking to unwind after a long day of travel in your rental car, the Sky Tower also plays host to ten bars, ranging from the relaxed The Nation’s Clubroom sports bar to the more refined X.O.
Hungry patrons can take their pick of a dozen restaurants, with a mix of casual and fine-dining options available. One highlight is Orbit, a 190 metre-high restaurant situated inside the Sky Tower, which gradually rotates giving diners a fantastic opportunity to take in Auckland’s views as they simultaneously take in the finest cuisine the city has to offer.
The Sky Tower is located in central Auckland, with ample parking and accommodation available at the tower itself. It is a must see Auckland attraction and deserves a place near the top of your priorities list.
Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World
Just a ten minute drive along the coast from downtown Auckland, Kelly Tarlton’s is an immersive aquarium experience that is sure to be a hit with the whole family.
Kelly Tarlton’s was constructed in 1985, making it one of Auckland’s more venerable tourist attractions. The aquarium, which is in reality more a fully-functional sea-life museum, was constructed from the remnants of a sewerage system. But don’t worry, they made sure to clear it all out before putting in the fish and opening it to the public, so you won’t end up with mucky feet in your rental car!
The aquarium was an early trend-setter as it was one of the first facilities to house curved tanks and make use of conveyor-belts, which allow visitors to stand and gape in awe as fish, stingrays and even sharks gently glide over their heads.
More recently, Kelly Tarlton’s became home to the Antarctic Ice Adventure, a full exhibition of polar marine life, including a recreation of the hut inhabited by famous explorer Captain Scott, and an encounter with real penguins.
Kelly Tarlton’s offers a deep educational experience for young visitors and old, as well as a cheap, well-stocked gift shop, in case you’re looking to pack your rental car’s boot with soft-toys and various other bounty of the sea. Located at 23 Tamaki Drive and open 9:30 to 5:00, seven days a week, Kelly Tarlton’s is an ideal stop for families exploring Auckland in one of our hire cars.
Auckland Fish Market
Hungry travellers look no further than the Auckland Fish Market for a taste of fresh, traditional Kiwi fish and chips. As well as being a functioning fish market, the Auckland Fish Market also contains six eateries and several bars. Dining options stretch from simple, cheap fare such as delectable fish and chips or sushi, to more complex cuisine in the form of seafood platters, all assembled from the finest ingredients and cooked to perfection.
The Auckland Seafood Market also offers tastings of fine New Zealand wines. The tastings are very reasonably priced and are accompanied by full explanations of the wines, as well as a visit to the aroma room, where your oft-neglected senses will come to the fore, allowing an entirely new appreciation of wine.
Those who are staying longer in Auckland, or who are simply more prepared, can attend one of the market’s cooking school classes, which comprise a cooking demonstration followed quickly by an opportunity to put into practice what you’ve just watched by having a go in the school’s kitchen, then washing your meal down with a complimentary wine.
Once your bellies are full of Auckland’s kaimoana (Maori for seafood), and the rental car’s safely tucked away in the Seafood Market’s ample carpark, a quick stroll along the nearby waterfront is likely in order. Here you can stop for a coffee (or something a little stronger) at one of the many bars and cafes, or simply gaze out at the super-yachts moored in the viaduct.
The Auckland Seafood Market is around a five minute drive from our Auckland rental depot, and is open seven days a week. Lunch time is the optimal time to visit for fish and chips, as many of the more basic eateries close at three, but those looking for an evening meal will find several Asian restaurants open for dining as late as 9pm.
One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill (or Maungakiekie in Maori), is a 182 metre high peak located just outside the central city. The hill is visible from many city suburbs, particularly the prominent obelisk at its peak. The ‘One Tree’ for which the volcano is named no longer stands on the hill as it was cut down in protest in the year 2000, leading to the peak being colloquially referred to as ‘None Tree Hill’.
The peak is an easy 15 minute drive from our Auckland depot, and well-paved roads allow travelers to drive directly to the summit. However, those looking to tone-up will find the steep ascent to be a fine walk, which will make the magnificent views of the city all the more rewarding.
The view from the peak is quite different to that offered by the Sky Tower, as Auckland’s southern suburbs and central city are more clearly visible. The peak is surrounded by Cornwall Park, as well as the One Tree Hill Domain, creating a 220 hectare public park, which is free to visit.
As well as a multitude of native trees and an 88 hectare farm, the park is home to a quaint cafe, which is perfect for a spot of lunch, or even brunch – the Aucklander’s favourite meal. The park also contains Auckland’s Stardome Observatory, with its two telescopes and planetarium. Access to the park is allowed between 7am and dusk, seven days a week.
The park is most easily accessed from the Pohutukawa Drive gate, just off Green Lane West.
Auckland Art Gallery
Auckland Art Gallery (or Toi o Tāmaki) is an excellent stop for the more culturally-inclined, and located just a stone’s throw from our Auckland car rental depot – you’d be silly to miss it when renting one of our cars.
Although originally founded in 1887, the gallery was recently renovated in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. It contains spacious, modern viewing areas packed full of New Zealand and international artworks both traditional and of the more contemporary persuasion.
A personal highlight is the huge flower chandelier in the atrium. The gallery itself is free to enter, so there’s no excuse not to pop in for a cheap distraction. Those willing to part with a little cash can enjoy one of the gallery’s frequent temporary exhibitions, which range from displays of rock photography to grand installation pieces.
The gallery also hosts one of the finest collections of Maori and Pacific art in the world, with artworks having been donated from private collections, as well as by the artists themselves. Total holdings exceed 15,000 works, including work from notable artists such as Colin McCahon and C.F. Goldie.
Once you’re done perusing a touch of high culture, feel free to delve deeper into la dolce vita and grab an ice-cream from the gallery cafe and stroll up the stairs to bask amongst the trees in Albert Park, the most central of Auckland’s public green spaces. If the weather’s not so flash, the gallery would still be an ideal first stop as you explore Auckland in your hire car.
The Auckland Art Gallery is on the corner of Kitchener and Wellesley Streets in the city center. It is open from 9am to 5pm each day of the year bar Christmas. There are free, daily tours available between 11:30 and 1:30, which last around an hour.