Living in Auckland is about more than just learning English. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience life as a New Zealander and to visit some of the country's scenic locations.
Things to see and do in Auckland
Auckland is regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world, offering many great ways to spend your free time. There are many places to see and activities to do in Auckland city and surrounding areas. Places to see include Auckland Museum, Auckland Zoo, Rainbow's End Theme Park. The adventurous can try the Sky Jump from the top of the Sky Tower, or bungy jumping from the Harbour Bridge. You can see sharks and other sea life at Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World, go sailing, swimming or horse riding. Students can also see the latest movies, go to a comedy event, watch a live game of rugby, netball or soccer, or take a ferry cruise. Whatever your interests you will never be short of things to do.
Free afternoon activities
Every Friday, AUT International House organises student social activities after morning class. These student activities such as soccer – and/or games tournaments are free of charge. Should there be a fee for excursions e.g. a visit to the Museum or Sky City, the fee can be paid at the entrance. Activities will vary from week to week and certain activities are subject to the availability of teachers.
For students wanting to explore the beautiful scenery of New Zealand, weekend excursions are highly recommended. AUT International House works with a number of independent professional companies specialising in providing weekend excursions and activities for language school students in and outside of the Auckland area. The friendly guides are all experienced trampers and mountain bikers, and familiar with the tracks and landscapes.
Weekend excursions are organised to Rotorua, Coromandel and Bay of Islands and include a range of activities such as farmstays, swimming with dolphins, bungy jumping, diving, snorkelling, wine tasting, horse riding and skiing.
Examples of day trips are:
Auckland Adventure approx. $85
Afternoon sightseeing. The day starts with a visit to Mt. Eden’s Volcano for a 360-degree view of Auckland city. After this you travel west to a local orchard, where visitors can pick fruit right off the trees. You can enjoy free wine tasting at one of Auckland’s finest wineries. Also included is a guided tour of the gannet bird colony at Muriwai, a black sand beach on the West Coast of Auckland.
Mountain Bike Adventure approx. $120
Full day. Includes Auckland Adventure plus a morning scenic ride at Muriwai beach (2 hours), and with an optional downhill ride in the afternoon (1 hour). You will join the experienced guide, riding through pine and native forests, across farms, and past natural lakes and streams.
Wilderness Adventure approx. $120
Full day bush walking, wilderness and beach discovery. Tours head to the West Coast of Auckland at Muriwai Beach.
Students can also book overnight trips. Weekend excursions are organised to Rotorua, Coromandel and the Bay of Islands and offer a range of activities including: farm stays, bungy jumping, camping, wine tasting, horse riding, and in summer swimming with dolphins, diving and snorkelling. In winter there are ski trips to Taupo, Mount Taranaki and Mount Ruapehu.
Examples of overnight trips are:
Rotorua, Taupo & Waitomo approx. $240 - 2 nights.
Includes all transport, shared accommodation and excursions. On Day One you travel to Rotorua. On Day Two you pay a visit to the Green & Blue lakes, the Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Included is an evening swim in the natural hot pools. On Day Three you travel to a geothermal park where you see mud pools, coloured lakes and geysers. On the way back to Auckland you will visit the famous Waitomo glow worm caves.
Includes all transport, shared accommodation and excursions. On Day One you travel to the Bay of Islands via Goat Island Marine Reserve where you can snorkel and see the fish. Day Two is spent in the Bay of Islands. On Day Three you visit 90 Mile Beach. On Day Four you explore the forests of the West Coast and see “Tane Mahuta”, the giant Kauri tree. On the way back to Auckland you will visit the Kai Iwi Lakes for a swim.