Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most diverse city, and it’s an action-packed city with something for everyone. A true must see, with its beautiful natural landscapes and coastlines and, its shores are just a stone throw from the CBD. The range of coasts ensure there is an ideal spot for any possible wind direction and kiting discipline.
Auckland is the perfect departure point for any North Island adventure, with its central location allowing for ease of transport to any destination you plan on visiting.
You can kite in New Zealand all year round. It’s generally windiest during winter (June-August) and spring (September-November). During the winter months, the water temperature is colder, and you’ll need a 4.3mm or 3.2mm wetsuit. During the warmer months of December-March, you might be lucky to kite in boardshorts, but a thin wetsuit is always safer. For live wind, use WindDan.
You will need a car to get to any kite spot in Auckland and the greater Auckland region. Juicy rentals have plenty of affordable camping vans or cars you can hire at a reasonable price. You can also hit up the University of Auckland Kitesurf Club Facebook page for a ride as they are always heading out!
Auckland has a large variety of food and drink options. Known for its fantastic coffee and downtown bars, the CBD will not disappoint. Ponsonby has great nightlife and some cracking cafes. If you are keen to escape the city, grab a very Kiwi style dinner with fish and chips while watching the sunset on one of the many breathtaking beaches!
Keen for a night out? The folks at the University of Auckland Kitesurf Club have got you covered! Hosting many events throughout the year, you can have a wild night with like-minded individuals who will show you a good time. Not up to partying with students? The downtown bars guarantee a great night out.
When it comes to no wind activities, Auckland has an abundance of activities to keep you occupied. You can go Bungy jumping off the iconic Harbour Bridge, catch a ferry to Waiheke Island for some wine tasting or watch the sunset from the top of the mercer bay track, or Bastion Point.
You can go chasing waterfalls if you’re up for a hike, set sail in the “City of Sails” in an old America’s Cup yacht or get lost wondering between the boats in Westhaven Marina, the largest marina in the southern hemisphere. Catching the ferry to Rangitoto Island and climb one of the many volcano's Auckland is built around for panoramic views of the city, is also very popular around here.
If you don’t have the time, grab dinner and take it up Mount Eden for a picnic to watch the sunset over the city. Auckland offers beautiful beaches, hikes, vineyards, a cable wakeboard park, mountain biking, a 4-hour drive to a ski-field and so much more.
Most hotels, hostels and some cafes/restaurants will have WiFi, so you don't need to worry about that.
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