Experience the abundance of outdoor activities available in south Auckland and the surrounding area. Whether you are interested in a scenic walk, a round of golf, a visit to a local winery, or something more adventurous, south Auckland has something for everyone.
The Otuataua Stonefields is one such treasure located only 10 minutes drive from your hotel. Volcanic stones belched from local eruptions were used by Maori to demarcate gardens and to warm the soil for staple crops of kumara and taro. Now protected from the urban sprawl that has engulfed much of the region, at this site it’s easy to let your imagination take hold and drift back in time.
Located only 10 minutes from your hotel, an education centre has been established by Te Wai o Hua, in association with the Manukau City Council and the Auckland Regional Council and is managed by the Mangere Monutain Education Trust. The surrounding fertile volcanic soils were perfect for extensive gardening and the adjacent Manukau Harbour a prolific source of seafood and fish. Streams and freshwater springs supplied ample water.
The Villa Maria story truly personifies the New Zealand ideal. In little more than 50 years, it has become one of the country’s premier wine producers, reaching into markets around the world. The company was founded by Sir George Fistonich in the early in 1960s. ‘Being Croatian, wine is part of my blood,’ says Fistonich. ‘It’s always been a part of life and I’m pleased to have spent my career pursuing this life-long passion.' Villa Maria today owns vineyards in the prime grape-growing regions of Marlborough, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne, producing a mass of award-winning wines. Villa Maria holds more awards than any other New Zealand winery — a record they are fiercely proud of.
Visit the Villa Maria Cellar Shop, take a winery tour, enjoy a fabulous lunch, taste and purchase their finest wines.
If speedway racing ‘squeals your wheels’, your accommodation at Jet Park is as close as you possibly be to ever-popular Waikaraka Park. Waikaraka Park puts on all the thrills and spills you’d wish for. Bet on it. This isn’t just car racing — it’s all-out war! WARNING: If the sound of metal meeting metal or smell of burning rubber disturbs you, keep way from this venue.
Guests who enjoy vintage aircraft can tour Auckland by air by vintage DC3 — also known as a Skyliner or C47, depending on which ‘life’ referred to.
Of almost 11,000 originally built, there are now relatively few of these durable old workhorses left. Yet they once formed the backbone of commercial airline fleets around the globe, and, even before that, were principle transporters for many of the World War 2 allied air forces. Those included the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
From take-off at Ardmore airfield, you’ll be able to view Auckland International Airport before touring several of Auckland’s volcanic cones, the city centre and picturesque Rangitoto Island. Enjoy great views of the Hauraki Gulf with its stunningly beautiful islands.
Scenic flights operate on Sunday only; this old girl needs plenty of rest!
JK’s World of Golf claims theirs is New Zealand’s premiere golfing experience with over 40 bays in their driving range and a putting green. Open 24 hours 365 days a year, you can practice your swing even after a busy day around the city. JK’s golf shop features all the latest stock top golf brands such as Mizuno, Titleist, Cobra, Cleveland, Ping, TaylorMade, Callaway and more...
Originally acquired by the Auckland regional Authority from the Nathan family estate, the Auckland Botanic Gardens is well worth visiting. Over 10,000 plants, both indigenous and exotic, are on display.The gardens offer a huge array of plant species spread over 64 acres; there are sections of NZ natives, edibles, perennials, shrubs, and magnolias, to name but a few.
There’s something for the entire family here too. The Potter Children’s Garden enables them a journey of discovery which never fails to fire their imaginations!
Guided walks are available and there’s a tractor-drawn ‘train’ for Sunday garden-lovers. The Visitor Centre hosts themed plant displays, information displays and a wonderful café. Enjoy!
Adrenaline pumping aerial challenges! Rocket Ropes provides a wide range of fun and challenging aerial activities. We offer two climbing towers which each anchor two levels of aerial activity high ropes courses –involving a series of challenging obstacles set at varying heights above the ground.
You'll find yourself tackling fun obstacles such as rope bridges, scramble nets, zip wires, swinging logs and balance beams, plus many more! The Rocket Course flying fox is a high speed adventure and requires a small amount of climbing between the two wires.
For the hard core adrenalin junkies we also offer a 12m high Giant Sky Swing and New Zealand’s only Powerfan freefall – The Long Drop – where participants step off our 12m high platform and plummet down to earth (all in perfect safety of course!)
The Giant Sky Swing can be done individually or in tandem so may be suitable for those too chicken to take the leap alone!
The ultimate adrenaline rush, test your driving skills of a 100-HP Superthriller Jetsprint boat! SuperThriller uses a precision race timing system from Tag Heuer to record each lap as contestants take on friends, family and workmates. 3 Superthriller JetSprint packages are available- Hot Sprint, Tandem Sprint and Team Challenge. However tailor-made packages are available upon request.
Vector Wero features two white water rafting courses and 9,000 sqm of beautifully clear water to explore, it’s a thrill seeker’s playground. If you're looking for things to do or an activity to bring the kids during the school holidays in Auckland, this is the perfect family day out. Perfect also for corporate team building and groups.