Some More best secret spots in Auckland you need to visit
03, May, 2018
Auckland is such an amazing city with so much to see and do that it really depends on how long you have got and the types of things you enjoy doing. In our previous post we told you about some of the hidden gems that you need to visit in Auckland so as to take it all that the marvelous city has to offer.
Whilst Auckland is definitely an outdoorsy city, there are those who like to spend time inside and of course, there’s always those pesky rainy days. If you are looking for something to do that is inside, then the Bridgeway Cinema in Birkenhead is a great place to spend a couple of hours. One of Auckland’s best and most vibrant arthouse cinemas, you can watch the latest arthouse movies or commercial releases. They also hold regular special film events and festivals so keep an eye on the website for more details.
Karaka Bay is definitely one of our favourites and is definitely one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Located in Glendowie, Karaka Bay boasts a stunning, secluded beach with amazing views back across the Waitemata Harbour towards Rangitoto. December and January are great times to visit when the stunning Pohutukawa trees are in full bloom. Cop a spot in the shade of one of these trees and spend the day swimming, playing some beach cricket and enjoying some lovely food.
Not to be confused with Rotorua, Rotoroa Island is located an hour’s ferry ride from downtown Auckland but by the time you step off the ferry, you will feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Rotoroa is a very secluded island with very few accommodation options and very few people. If you are looking for a hidden gem, this is it. From bushwalks to lounging on the beach, Rotoroa Island feels like a secret island. There are no shops so you will have to pack everything you need for the day but there is a museum which is worth a look!
This park was landscaped with the help of inner-city locals so they are some of the only people who know about this hidden gem close to the heart of the city. Located in Eden Terrace, close to Mt Eden, Basque Park features three fascinating stone circles, one which includes a water feature. It’s a tranquil haven away from the noise and traffic in the busy city centre and the flat grassed area is popular for cricket and rugby in the summer months.
Head out along Tamaki Drive to St Heliers and as well as enjoying the amazing views, sandy beach and great coffee shops, you can also take a trip to the little known Dingle Dell Reserve. Described in the 1950’s as the forgotten “Cinderella of Auckland’s Park’s” by the New Zealand Herald, the Dingle Dell Reserve is a relaxing, quiet and peaceful space where you can sit and watch the world go by. There are a number of walks in the reserve, a place to kick a ball around or just take a time out and sit back and relax.