Top 10 Things to do in Auckland
The ASB Classic is not only one of the must-do events on the calendar of Aucklanders, but it’s also a major drawcard to tennis fans from around New Zealand and the world. And while there’s plenty of exciting on-court action throughout the tournament, as well as delicious food and beverages on offer and live entertainment, there’s also a huge array of things to do around Auckland outside of the tournament.
We asked some of our players what they’ve enjoyed doing in Auckland on their previous visits here, and we have the Top 10 list for any visitor to Auckland to try out!
1. Hit the beach like Genie Bouchard
Visit Auckland’s West Coast rugged black sand beaches and discover a different kind of beautiful beach. Not only are there some great swimming spots, you can also learn to surf, and get inspired by dramatic landscapes that constantly attract filmmakers, writers and photographers.
2. See the sights like Roberto Bautista-Agut
Head up the Auckland Sky Tower and treat yourself to amazing 360-degree views of Auckland. If you're feeling brave there are glass floors to stand on, to look down at the ground below your feet - a staggering 192 metre distance; and if you’re very adventurous take a leap with the SKY Jump!
3. Immerse yourself in culture like Steve Johnson
Visit Auckland Museum for a truly unique cultural experience. It’s a fascinating opportunity to learn the history of Auckland and New Zealand life, but it’s the Māori artefacts and the spine-tingling Māori cultural performances that can't be missed!
4. Climb new heights like David Ferrer
For fantastic views and an adrenaline-fuelled experience, you can’t go past walking up the Harbour Bridge that connects Auckland’s city centre to its North Shore. Guided tours ensure your safety, while you can embrace the sights from this extreme location.
5. Enjoy a scenic run like Caroline Wozniacki
Strap on a pair of sneakers and go for a run around Auckland’s scenic Tamaki Drive. The route takes you past vibrant seafront suburbs, with bustling shops and cafes should you need to stop for a pick-me-up; but it’s the views across the bright blue ocean that really impresses!
6. Sail the harbour like John Isner
Head out on the water and enjoy a day of thrilling yachting action on the America’s Cup sailing experience. Take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or simply sit back and enjoy the racing experience on the beautiful Waitemata Harbour.
7. Experience Māori culture like Venus Williams
Experience the local Maori culture with a visit to Bastion Point, a place of significant importance for the people of Ngati Whatua, a hapu (sub-tribe) of the local iwi (Māori tribe) of Auckland. Their love for Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) spans generations, back to the time Māori first migrated to New Zealand and discovered the fertile land and harbours of the region.
8. Shop up a storm like Julia Goerges
Wander through the Britomart district and enjoy the array of shopping and dining options available. Auckland is the place to go for the latest collections from our top designers, including Karen Walker, Zambesi, Kate Sylvester, WORLD and Trelise Cooper.
9. Get on water like Madison Brengle
Head down to Mission Bay, hire a paddle board and head out on the water for an Instagram worthy paddle. There’s kayaking too, or the opportunity to simply lay back in the calm water and float peacefully in the sun.
10. Experience exciting events like Denis Shapovalov & Hyeon Chung
Away from centre court there are plenty of other events to experience in Auckland. From musicals like Disney's Aladdin at The Civic Theatre to Breakers Basketball at Spark Arena and everything in between.