Auckland is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the world. Despite being a relatively large city with 1.5 million residents, it feels more relaxed and slower paced than international cities like London, Hong Kong or New York. It seems like Aucklanders genuinely enjoy themselves and have established the perfect work-life balance.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve spent a good portion of my summer in the City of Sails, so why not compile a short list of why you should visit Auckland right now?
#1. The LightPath – a bit late to the party perhaps, the light path is Auckland’s answer to conquering urban sprawl and auto-dependence. While many say, “it’s only the start,” it still feels pretty wonderful to cycle and run above the traffic. Plus, it’s hot pink, so I can’t complain about that!
#2. There are countless publications devoted to discovering the latest cafes and eateries in every city, yet in Auckland I still manage to be consistently delighted by the food on offer. Prior to walking up to the top of Mount Eden at sunset, my friend and I decided to have dinner and discovered an authentic Italian restaurant (all the employees spoke Italian to one another) that I had yet to read about anywhere.
#3. When I first moved to New Zealand, I was (and still am) in awe of the beaches. You can’t go past Muriwai and Piha, two rugged West Coast surf beaches. We spent four amazing days up in Mangawhai Heads, which is just over an hour drive from Auckland.
#4. Everyone talks about the amazing coffee culture in New Zealand, but specifically Wellington. Auckland has really upped its game in recent months. My favourite café is Ceremony in Grafton.
#5. Only a 40-minute ferry ride from central Auckland, Waiheke is an enjoyable day trip. Hang out at Oneroa Beach and stop at The Oyster Inn for lunch or visit Mudbrick and Cable Bay Vineyards.