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If the cold winds of Britain are a little too much for you, it might be worth heading out for some winter sun with Flight Centre. New Zealand’s summer is just beginning, so its gorgeous scenery can be properly admired. The capital of Auckland is unique in its geological makeup, comprised almost entirely of volcanoes, the resulting architecture is eclectic, unlike anywhere else in New Zealand, or indeed, the world. The population of Auckland is incredibly multicultural, so you’re sure to enjoy a vacation unlike any other you’ve had before.
The 328m tall Sky Tower is the biggest man-made construction in all of New Zealand. It offers incredible panoramic views of the whole city, open every day of the year. Travel up to the top floor in one of the glass fronted lifts and enjoy the view at any of the three viewing platform. Adrenaline junkies can enjoy a walk around the deck at a height of 192 metres, or if you’re really looking to get your heart racing, you can even complete the SkyJump – a bungee jump off the very top of the tower. The more faint-hearted can head to one of the three eateries, which includes Orbit, the 360 degree revolving restaurant, or check out the casino.
One Tree Hill
Also known as the Maungakiekie domain, One Tree Hill and its neighbour, Cornwall Park, create Auckland’s largest area of parkland. It’s ideal for an afternoon hike, with sheep grazing in Cornwall Park and challenging volcanic hills to climb towards the centre of the domain. The sore feet will be worth it, with gorgeous views of the city to enjoy, and a tranquil, countryside feel. The summit is also home to a Maori memorial, as the park was originally home to the Maori tribes who united there following British colonialism in the 18th century. There’s also an amazing playground for the kids, and weekly guided stargazing sessions on at the Stardome Observatory.
Just a half hour ferry ride from downtown Auckland, Waiheke island is an absolute must-visit. There are so many activities to enjoy on this small island, from sunbathing and swimming at the beaches, to exploring the wineries. Waiheke has at least three Natural Reserves, protecting rare and endangered wildlife and plants, with great visitors centres that kids will love. You can also embark on cycling tours of the seaside boardwalks, city centre, or mountains, depending on your level of experience. Of course, no trip would be complete without checking out a winery, so enjoy a tasting session and grab a delicious lunch out in the countryside sun.