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6 Fun Solo Travel Activities in Auckland
- Wednesday 20th November 2019
New Zealand’s City of Sails is full of solo travel adventures to tick off your bucket list. From jaw-dropping nature walks to great places to meet locals, here are some of Auckland’s best activities for one.
Did you know Auckland is home to one of the Lonely Planet’s World’s Top Ten Walks? Venture out on the 16km walk from Waitemata harbour to Manukau harbour – it’s one side of the country to the other! Along the 5-7 hour trek, there are volcanoes, Maori sites, and epic views. Relax to the sounds of nature, or put on your best-loved music playlist while talking in all the natural sights.
With a coffee in-hand, stroll along a waterfront route. Now that’s an ideal solo date. Sharing Tamaki Drive with cyclists, rollerbladers and other pedestrians, observe local life, from stunning clifftop homes to beautiful city beaches. Pack a picnic and a good book and enjoy some downtime during your 2.5-hour walk.
Strike up a Conversation
Auckland has a host of amazing markets. You’ll come across many friendly faces at La Cigale French Markets, Catalina Bay Farmers’ Market and Te Atatu Night Markets. Beyond the typically warm and laidback Kiwi atmosphere, expect dozens of stalls where you can stock up on top local produce and homemade treasures. Markets are a great place to spend a lazy solo afternoon, and one of the best things about exploring solo is going at your own pace.
Watch Sweet-As Spectacles
Yup, every day of the week at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s, there are fun and interactive feed and talks. Cosy-up to hear fascinating stories or watch weird and wonderful sea animals chomping away. Be sure to check the schedule beforehand, so you don’t miss out on all your favourite animals. Did we mention it’s all included in your admission fee?
Explore the Underwater World
With heaps of exciting exhibits, more than 80 different species and 13 themed zones, there’s so much more to do at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s. With its moody blue lights, the ambient aquarium settings feel like solo soul-time. Feast your eyes on serene ghost-like jellyfish, the largest species of stingray and New Zealand’s most extensive collection of sharks swimming all around you.
Are you feeling extra adventurous? Take the plunge and snorkel in the shark cage. Or get your Penguin Passport stamped to get on the ice and see a colony of cheeky penguins up close. Create memorable experiences for yourself!