A Locals Guide to Auckland, New Zealand

A Locals Guide to Auckland, New Zealand

Written by mighway

Located on New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland is a varied region offering thriving urban communities, outstanding food, wine and breath-taking scenery. Exploring the city and the surrounding Auckland region are great ways to experience the Kiwi life. Here’s our guide for things to see in Auckland when you hire a a caravan in New Zealand.

Matakana Wine Trail

With 28 different wines, including both red and white varietals, the Matakana Wine Trail offers a picturesque setting to try award-winning wines. Just 50 minutes north from the city of Auckland, spend a day relaxing in the vines. Here you can sample exceptional vintages, such as Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

If you’re visiting on Saturday, we recommend checking out the Matakana Village Farmers’ Market in the morning. It’s one a New Zealand’s best known markets and showcases the region’s delicious local produce. Tantalise your tastebuds in the artisan food like baked goods, cheeses, sausages and organic chocolate.

Auckland Fish Market

There are so many things to see in Auckland and the Auckland Fish Market has been around since 1904. This might not sound like the most exciting outing, but this bustling, vibrant institution captures the diverse character of Auckland City. Best described as an experience, the fish market brings together a rich piece of Kiwi history with cutting edge cuisine — truly a feast for all visitors.

Of course, there are fishmongers selling an amazing array of fresh fish and seafood. But there’s also a food court with restaurants highlighting the day’s fresh catch. Regional chefs offer up mouthwatering fare, and you can feast on Kiwi cuisine or other delicious dishes. There’s also the courtyard bar featuring New Zealand wines and craft beers.

If you can’t make it to the Auckland Fish Market, visit the La Cigale French Market on either Saturday or Sunday mornings. The Auckland outdoor markets have a definite French influence. You’ll find both local and imported fare, including olive oil, cheese, pastries, breads and meats.

West Coast Beaches

Auckland’s west coast has some of New Zealand’s most iconic coastline, including stunning black sand beaches. Stroll, surf, snorkel or just soak up the sun on one of the many gorgeous beaches, such as Piha, Whatipu, Karekare and Karioitahi.

For dramatic and rugged beauty, visit Muriwai Beach. There’s also a viewing platform for a local gannet colony with over 1,200 pairs of nesting gannets who take up residence every year from August to March.

Explore New Zealand’s many gems by reading our article on things to see in Auckland and by travelling Kiwi style in a caravan for hire. At Mighway, we offer easy and affordable campervan rental, so contact us today to begin your Kiwi dream trip.