5 Best Spots to Enjoy the Sunset in Auckland
1. Auckland SkyTower
Auckland's Sky Tower, which rises 328 metres above the city, provides unobstructed 360-degree views of the horizon, making it an ideal place to watch the sun set. When you're up there, make an evening of it by dining at Orbit, New Zealand's only revolving lounge, which is located above the main viewing platform.
2. Mt Hobson
Mt Hobson is one of the volcanic cones that dot the Auckland landscape and have stunning views of the region and its environs. Mt Hobson is 50 metres shorter than Maungawhau/Mt Eden and provides similarly stunning views. The added advantage is that there will be less voices to disturb your sunsets in Auckland.
Bastion Point is a scenic destination located in Orakei, Auckland, New Zealand. It is basically a vast expanse of coastal land that overlooks the Waitemata Harbour. Its charming surroundings draw a considerable number of visitors each year. Several tour buses often make a pitstop at the harbour for it provides a great view of the river. There are gardens, lawns, meadows and several other beautiful features that make Bastion Point an Aucklander's favourite haunt. It is also popular for its tranquil, clean and pollution-free atmosphere.
4. Mount Eden
This volcanic peak, also known as Maungawhau, is around 650 ft high. It has a 160 ft deep crater and is one of the most popular tourist sites. From the top, one can get a beautiful 360-degree view of the harbor below. Unfortunately, there aren't many transports available to the top. However, one can easily take a hike with comfortable shoes and a willingness to explore. It is merely a 2 -kilometer walk over 5.5 acres of grasslands filled with colorful plants, flowers, and waterfalls. It takes not more than an hour on foot to reach the point where one can see the entire isthmus as well as popular locations such as Auckland Harbour Bridge, Rangitoto Island and Sky Towers.
5. Muriwai Beach
The brooding black sand surf beaches of Muriwai, located a quick 45-minute drive from the heart of Auckland, is a different world from the manicured and landscaped setting of Auckland. People from across the globe flock to Muriwai to surf on its black sand beaches, given its distinctive colour as a result of volcanic activity. It is also home to one of the world’s largest Gannet colonies. The Gannet colonies can be seen from viewing platforms, which can be reached by hiking up the easily accessible cliff-top trails offers amazing views of the sunset in Auckland.
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