13 Things To Do Alone in Auckland (including fun activities!)

If you're travelling to New Zealand, there's no doubt you'll be spending a few days in the city of Auckland. Located on the North Island of New Zealand, the metropolitan city of Auckland is a multi-hub for culture, arts, and food.

This city is the largest city in New Zealand, and stretches around twin harbours and across volcanic hills making it the perfect destination for solo travellers to explore. Having spent a few days experiencing Auckland solo travel, here's my quick travel guide on things to do alone in Auckland and beyond.

My Tip – If you're planning on seeing more of New Zealand than just Auckland, I recommend taking a group tour with Stray Travel. I spent a month travelling around the country with this adventure company and loved it!

Things To Do Alone in Auckland

things to do alone in Auckland

See Auckland's Sky Tower

1. Visit the Sky Tower at Dusk 

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For a picturesque view of Auckland, take a trip to the top of the Sky Tower just before dusk to see the incredible sunset over the city. A general admission ticket to the Sky Tower will give you access to the observation deck and the Sky Cafe.

When I visited I was able to climb to the top of the tower but they no longer offer that activity. Instead you can take the Skyslide, a virtual reality tour where you can travel at top speed sliding down glass tubes around the tower (all virtual of course). * Check rates and availability for Sky Tower

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Auckland Bridge

2. Auckland Bridge Bungee Jump 

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If you're a thrill-seeker, schedule an adrenaline-boosting bungee jump off the Auckland bridge, where you will spring 40 meters above the ocean. Besides venturing up to the top of the Sky Tower, this is an exhilarating way to take in the views of the city. Or if you are planning on visiting Queenstown on your trip, you could do the original bungee jump there instead. * Check rates and availability for Auckland bungee jump

things to do alone in Auckland

3. Kayak to Rangitoto Island 

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To explore the calmer and greener side of Auckland city, how about a relaxing kayaking tour wading across Waitemata Harbour?

If you’ve never kayaked before, you’ll get a briefing before doing it then when you reach Rangitoto island, you get to trek to the summit, a peaceful spot amongst nature, to take in the incredible views of Auckland. If you take a tour, lunch is included, and you may even get a chance to swim in the sea! * Check rates and availability for kayaking

4. Bay of Islands Tour 

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One of the best things to do in Auckland alone is to take an island tour. The Bay of Islands is definitely worth a visit, and there are a range of Bay of Island cruises to see this famous tourist attraction. But you do need to make your way to either Paihia Wharf or Russell Wharf for any tours. 

Cruise on a yacht through the ‘Hole in the Rock,’ a rock formation in the shape of an enormous hole, see the rugged native terrain, cliffs and dramatic views at the Cape Brett Peninsula, the incredible scenery at Urupukapuka Island or go dolphin watching to see an abundance of marine life, such as dolphins and whales. * Check rates and availability for Bay of Islands cruise

things to do alone in Auckland

5. Waiheke Island Zipline 

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Just over 30 minutes from downtown Auckland, travellers can experience a 3-hour zip-lining adventure and the chance to sweep across gigantic ziplines with a commentated Waiheke island tour along the way and a guided walk through an ancient native forest. Definitely one for the adventure solo! * Check rates and availability for zipline

things to do alone in Auckland

6. Auckland's Wineries and Vineyards 

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You can’t miss one of Auckland’s vineyards whilst you’re here either especially if you enjoy a glass of vino and incredible food. Auckland has an array of wineries and vineyard tours abundant with drinks and cuisines to tantalise your taste buds.

Choose from the Batch Winery, which is the highest vineyard in Waiheke with immense views and sunset dining, the Te Motu Vineyard for rich wines and locally sourced food against a backdrop of rolling hills or the Tantalus Estate Vineyard and Winery, where you can view an idyllic 20-acre vineyard with extraordinary architecture. Tantalus Estate has even received various international accolades. * Check rates and availability for Auckland winery tour

things to do alone in Auckland

See the famous Hobbiton on a day trip from Auckland

7. Hobbiton Movie Set 

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While this Middle-Earth attraction isn't in Auckland, it is available as a day trip departing from the city.

For movie buffs, Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit fans, taking time to explore the Shire is a must and should definitely be on your solo itinerary. From sipping a beverage at the Green Dragon Inn to exploring the hobbit holes under the hills, at the Hobbiton movie set, you can immerse yourself into hobbit life.

From indulging in your inner child at the virtual reality studio to taking an exhilarating bungee jump off Auckland’s harbour bridge, Auckland has a lot to offer solo visitors with diverse interests. If you’re a lone traveller with a thirst for new experiences, you can be sure to have a packed schedule when visiting this city. * Check rates and availability for Hobbiton tour

things to do alone in Auckland

The sunset from Mount Eden

8. Climb Mount Eden

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Mount Eden is a dormant volcano at the edge of Auckland, and it’s one of the more popular spots for tourists to check out. The climb to the top of the mountain is not particularly difficult (you can drive a lot of the way and then simply hike to the summit), and the view is absolutely worth it.

Auckland’s a magnificent city to look down on, and you’ll be getting a taste of some of that natural New Zealand beauty as well. If you prefer company and want to see more of Auckland at the same time, you can hike Mount Eden on a half-day city tour. * Check rates and availability for Auckland city tour

things to do alone in Auckland

See the sheep in Cornwall Park

9. Wander Cornwall Park

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You haven’t seen a city park like this one. You’ll find sheep and cows there, gigantic trees that look almost out of place anywhere near a city, and even the remains of an old Maori fort.  It’s not quite in the middle of Auckland as, say, Central Park is in New York. But it’s close enough to be surprising and to offer an excellent respite from a busy day in the city.

Although urban, Auckland has more than you can bargain for when it comes to outdoor adventure.

10. Jet Boat Tours

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Located right on the Viaduct Harbour, jet boat tours are a bit more adventurous than your average sightseeing boat tour. With a jet boat tour, you are taken out into the centre of the harbour, strapped in for safety, and then taken through a number of manoeuvres, including power slides, wave rides, and fishtails.

Featuring a 300 horsepower engine, the jet boats really have a great kick of power, and you won’t soon forget your time on the harbour. * Check jet boat experience here

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Try skydiving in Auckland

11. Skydiving

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Because Auckland features an expansive countryside just beyond city limits, there are a number of companies offering skydiving trips for both beginners and experienced divers. No matter if you’re looking for lessons, partnered jumps, or solo jumps, you can find exactly what you’re looking for with just a little research.

After all, when it comes to adventure, what is more adventurous than jumping out of an aircraft? * Check rates and availability for skydiving

things to do alone in Auckland

Auckland Harbour Bridge

12. Climbing Auckland Bridge

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If climbing is your thing, then you don’t even need to leave Auckland. Right in the centre of the city lies the Auckland Bridge Club, where you can climb the famous Auckland Harbour Bridge and take in the amazing view of the city and the Pacific Ocean beyond.

You can also check out the Sky Walk, which takes you almost 700 feet in the air for an equally stunning view of the city and surrounding area. * Check Auckland Bridge climb here

13. Snowplanet

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No matter what season it is, you can ski or snowboard year-round at Auckland’s indoor snow resort called Snowplanet. Here, experienced instructors offer lessons for skiers and boarders of all experience levels. A wide range of different slopes are on offer, from starter slopes to more challenging runs.

Even in the dead of the summer, you can leave the heat behind and experience a true skiing day as if it were the dead of winter. Snowplanet is a truly one-of-a-kind experience, and you won’t want to miss it. * Check Snowplanet here

things to do alone in Auckland

Auckland at night

Things To Do in Auckland at Night

Ranked as the top thing to do at night, night kayaking is a great option. Here, you can take a guided tour at sunset and paddle your way over to Rangitoto Island, a scenic reserve in the Hauraki Gulf, just off the mainland. It’s a volcanic island where you can take a small summit hike, and as much fun as this little adventure is, the real treat is the view back in the city. There aren’t too many cities in the world where you can easily boat to an island and look back at the lit up skyline.

Enjoy Some Fine Dining

Like most big cities, Auckland has some excellent fine dining establishments. The Grove may be the best of the bunch and has remained a great dining experience more than a decade after its opening. It’s an elegant, French-inspired place near the water and certainly worth its steep prices. Other options to consider include Kazuya, One Tree Grill, and Jervois Steak House.

I hope this has inspired you to visit Auckland alone. I spent a few days in Auckland at the beginning and at the end of my month long trip in New Zealand with Stray Travel. It's a great starting base to explore the country. If you need more inspiration on New Zealand, you'll find my other posts below. 

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