Senior Travel to Auckland

May 13th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

New Zealand is located to the east of Australia in the Pacific Ocean and it offers some of the most diverse experiences that can be had anywhere. There are a number of specific destinations within New Zealand that are worth traveling to, each offering a completely different experience than the next.

One of the nicest places for senior to go to that offers a wide variety of experiences is the Auckland area.  It is the largest and most populous urban area with 1,354,900 residents, 31 percent of the country’s population. and has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world. In Māori Auckland’s name is Tāmaki Makaurau.   Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping – you’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland.  This well-done map points out both Auckland and Wellington.

So what are the bit attractions in Auckland?  Bing has a long list from the Sky Tower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere to Rainbow’s End, New Zealand’s premier adventure playground, with 9 hectares (22 acres) devoted to crazy rides.  This website features breathtaking scenery, beautiful beaches, invigorating walks and outstanding food and wine.  Shopping and an exciting nightlife also figure in as top attractions. 

The Auckland Dept. of Conservation promotes Tiritiri Matangi, Rangitoto and Great Barrier Island, in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf.  Each is among the many beautiful and significant places to visit in the Auckland region.  This may make you think twice as Auckland straddles the Auckland Volcanic Field, which has produced about 50 volcanoes but just remember that Auckland has a warm- temperate climate.

Articlesbase.com has a nice 2 minute video on the city.  It is known as the City of Sails, and is consistently voted one of the world’s best lifestyle cities in international surveys and is the most vibrant, bustling and multicultural city in New Zealand. Auckland is the perfect destination for someone with a love for the outdoors and who wants to spend at least part of their vacation getting out and being active. Kiwi is the nickname used internationally for people from New Zealand as well as being a relatively common self-reference. 

The city of Auckland sits on New Zealand’s North Island and is the country’s population hub with a population of 3,328,700. More people live in Auckland and the surrounding metropolitan area than anywhere else in the country. Auckland has a fascinating history that dates back to the earliest days of the country. In fact, long before a city sprung up where Auckland is right now, it was home to the indigenous people of the island. It was an important city in the early years of New Zealand, even serving as the capital city in the mid 1800s before it (the capital) was relocated to the city of Wellington.

The blend of harbor, islands, Polynesian culture and modern city environment has created a lifestyle ranked amongst the best in the world. The natural assets of Auckland have made it a dream destination for seniors from doing-it-on-the-cheap backpackers to cost-is-no-issue super yacht owners.  And seniors…ever fancied a bungee jump? Why not try it off of the Auckland bridge? If you don’t want to throw yourself off of it, do the Auckland Bridge Climb and feel a real sense of achievement when you reach the top of this urban jungle mountain. 

When you are all done with all this, take a fun quiz. See ya’ down under jeb



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