No car? No problem! Whether it’s the fact that nobody wants to be the designated driver or you just simply don’t have a car but in the mood for a roadie, Aucklanders have a ton of ways to take a day trip without their own vehicle.
You’ll be surprised at how far you can go without your own four wheels so without further ado, here is a list of day trips from Auckland you can take when you don’t have a car.
You don’t need a car to get the full experience of Waiheke Island. All you need is to do is to dress a little fancy and get amongst the wine tours that this island has to offer. Just a boat-ride away, ferry over and take a break from the city life of Auckland and immerse yourself in to the beautiful scenery of Waiheke Island. You don’t even have to be a fan of wine to have a good time on this island as every corner you turn is pure beauty—we also have a list to help with that right here. Naturally we also have a list of the best wineries in Waiheke so hop to it and get sipping.
If getting in touch with nature is the first priority of your day trip but you have no car to take you far, far away, Rangitoto Island is your best bet. Hop on the ferry and take a stroll up to the summit. You’ll get the most breath-taking views of Auckland and it’s always nice to see things from the other side. Don’t forget to snap a photo of you living your best life.
A small hidden gem but not any less beautiful than the other islands around Auckland. Did you know that you can actually walk from Rangitoto Island and find yourself at one of Hauraki Gulf’s oldest islands, Motutapu? This island is highly secluded and serene, absolutely ideal for when you need to find some downtime. At Motutapu, you’ll also find lush greenery and rich Maori and European history with the remains of the eruption of Rangitoto over 600 years ago.
Who said you need a car to take a tour of one of New Zealand’s most famous movie locations, Hobbiton?! You can book a tour where pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD is included and take a journey across the Shire from The Lord of the Rings. Not only do you get to soak in the beautiful atmosphere of Hobbiton but you also get to receive some behind the scene secrets of the iconic films.
Bay Of Islands
Get picked up from central Auckland and take a long bus ride to Bay of Islands. On the way, you even get to make a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds where you’ll get a guided tour and get educated on the rich history of New Zealand. Bay of Islands has earned a reputation for being one of the top tourist destinations of New Zealand. The turquoise, crystal blue waters are not just there for admiration. The Bay of Islands has got all the facilities to encourage you to get amongst it and take part in activities from kayaking and diving and a car does not need to come into the equation.
Stargazing is one thing but have you ever gone glow-worm gazing? If not, you need to get on to it ASAP as it’s a must for everyone in New Zealand. Take a bus from Auckland for a guided tour through Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Not only do you enjoy a serene boat ride through the peaceful cave but you also get a look at the glowing worms that twinkle and shimmer all around the dark cave. It’s an experience that is truly worth public transport.
Located 30km North-East from Central Auckland is bird lover’s paradise, Tiritiri Matangi Island. This untouched and well-preserved island is a haven for endangered and rare species which also includes our national bird and icon, the kiwi. At Tiritiri Matangi, you also get to channel your inner bird and learn the basics of bird-calling and you also get a guided walking tour. This full day trip takes off from Auckland and is a must for not only bird lovers but everyone in New Zealand.
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