When you visit Auckland, you’ll appreciate just how easy it is to jump from one type of adventure to another. Auckland Convention Bureau will help ensure Auckland delivers for you and your delegates.
You can stand in the central city surrounded by skyscrapers and designer stores one minute, and the next be on the beautiful Waitemata Harbour heading off to experience a magical dolphin encounter.
Just 45 minutes from the city centre, you can be amid our wine country’s rolling hills or hiking through native bush, surrounded by birdlife.
Myriad choices are yours; here’s just a snapshot of what your Auckland adventure could look like:
If you have a little time
Blow out your cobwebs with a spin around Waitemata Harbour on a jet boat. If you’re feeling really brave you can climb up or bungy jump off Auckland Harbour Bridge. Head up the Sky Tower to try New Zealand’s highest controlled base jump, or walk around the narrow exterior platform 192 metres above the ground.
Want to visit some of Auckland’s leading vineyards but don’t have the time? Take a unique virtual tour where you can taste wines while enjoying fly-over views of the vineyards and meet the winemakers.
Need an urban fix? Explore the boutique shops, designer stores, hip bars, eclectic restaurants and buzzing cafés the vibrant Britomart precinct and along High Street in the heart of Auckland.. Sit back with a glass of wine alongside superyachts moored in Viaduct Harbour, or stroll along to the restaurants in the revitalised Wynyard Quarter heritage waterfront area a minute’s walk away.
Throw on a leather jacket and helmet, hop on the back of a Harley Davidson and explore some of the city’s stunning sophisticated eastern beaches, such as Mission Bay. Be sure to stop off for some fish and chips, a Kiwi favourite, or an ice cream.
If you’ve got a bit of time
Discover the stars above at Stardome Observatory and Planetarium, or visit Auckland Museum, renowned for its unique collection of Māori and Pacific treasures. You can even take in a Māori cultural performance.
Hit the water aboard a former America’s Cup racing yacht and feel the thrill of high speed sailing at its best. For something a bit more laid-back, head out into the Hauraki Gulf for dolphin and whale watching – a truly memorable experience.
If you appreciate fine foods, take a guided food tour through Ponsonby, one of Auckland’s historical villages known for its sophisticated cafés, restaurants and boutiques. Be treated to gourmet delights, served with a splash of history. Take in 19th Century wooden buildings, browse the arts and crafts and visit boutique shops.
If you’ve got plenty of time
Head across to beautiful Waiheke Island and join a wine, food or sightseeing tour with local guides who share stories of island life and point out hidden treasures.
Sample award-winning wines at boutique vineyards, taste delicious local olive oils and produce, see superb local artwork and take in the stunning scenery while you learn about the island. Stop for a gourmet lunch at one of the island’s top vineyard restaurants or at a beachside village café. Finish the day with a leisurely stroll along the white sands of Oneroa Beach.
Nature lovers should take a trip to Tiritiri Matangi Island open wildlife sanctuary, one of the world’s most successful volunteer conservation projects and home to some of New Zealand’s most endangered species. Explore or take a guided tour to learn about the flora and fauna, surrounded by birdsong and unspoilt landscapes.
There are countless adventures waiting beyond the city fringe
Join a guided eco-tour to experience Waitakere Ranges’ pristine native forests and the rugged west coast, renowned for its wild black-sand surf beaches.
Or head north to discover the Matakana wine region’s stunning combination of coast and country. Visit the outdoor sculpture park and local art houses, taste local delights including gourmet cheeses, fresh seafood, honey and artisan chocolates, and enjoy tastings along the wine trail.
On your way back to the city, stop at New Zealand’s only all-year indoor snow resort. Experience the thrill of snow sports including skiing, snowboarding, tubing and toboggans, before finishing with dinner at the on-site restaurant and bar.
For more information and inspiring ideas, contact the team at Auckland Convention Bureau. We’d love to help you plan an unforgettable business event or incentive itinerary. Contact us >