I grew up in Sydney, Australia, and although it would be silly to suggest that my childhood wasn’t jam-packed with memories of attending phenomenal concerts (my first one was Marilyn Manson, and no, I can’t believe that my parents allowed me to attend it with friends as a youngster, either! Mind you, they probably just heard the name and thought, “oh, MARILYN Manson? She sounds nice!”), splish-splashing at pristine beaches and seeing exceptional sights, I KNOW that I still didn’t scratch the full surface of its awesome.
Auckland? We mustn’t let this occur! I’ve put together a bucket list of activities to fulfil before I ever leave – if I ever leave, ha! – this city, and maybe it’s something that you could think about completing for your location, too?
Marilyn Manson. PROBABLY not the image that my folks had in mind!
x Catch A Ferry To One Of The Islands
Did you know that you can board a boat to some pretty choice (that’s New Zealand slang for “excellent”!) islands from central Auckland? Waiheke, Rangitoto, Devonport… what could be finer than cruising along the harbour on a stunning summer’s day before hopping off, snapping gorgeous photographs and wandering through different terrain? Possibly only the next item on the list!
x Gobble Metre-Long Pizza At Toto’s
It’s PIZZA. It’s a metre-long. Get out of my dreams and into my mouth, Toto’s!
x Walk A Marathon
While I used to be the first person in a car to spot a group briskly strolling on a Saturday morning and think “goodness grief, what’s WRONG with you all?!”, I’ve definitely changed my tune. Can you picture how neat it would be to pace about in a sea of people, all sweaty and full of accomplishment afterwards?! Hand me one of those participant numbers Auckland, and let’s get our walk on!
x Say “G’Day!” To The Animals At The Zoo
I’m sure Charlie would adore the giraffes! (And if she doesn’t, this big kid will!)
x Grab A Drink At Men Of Steel
Ooh-er. So some might consider this tacky – it’s a ladies-only bar with male strippers – but I’ve heard from a few that it’s one of the funniest and most entertaining hotspots in town!
x Roll Dice At The Casino
I’ve never been into gambling and I’m not particularly fond of kissing my money goodbye, but I’d still like to roll dice at Auckland’s SkyCity Casino – word on the street is that it’s outstanding – just once!
x Feel The Sand Between My Toes At Piha Beach
It’s dazzling, isn’t it?
x Tread Through The Domain
Featuring duck ponds, a museum and gardens aplenty, The Domain is Auckland’s oldest park and it has a view of the city centre to boot. Fabulous!
x Scoff Fish & Chips At Mission Bay
This seaside suburb is renowned for its tip-top version of a New Zealand culinary classic!
x Watch A Movie With Charlie During Hoyts’ ‘Mums And Bubs’ Movie Sessions
Does anyone else find it weird that you can bring your baby to sit in on the latest The Conjuring horror movie with you?! WHOA. Anywho, they’re special sessions for, as the name suggest, crocodiles – no, mothers and their wee ones – to enjoy films together, and they’re only available in limited locations around the country. I’m in!
x Journey To Manukau Heads Lighthouse
There’s just something alluring about lighthouses, isn’t there? Is it that they’re the centre of a slew of spooky tales? Is it that I’ve tried to climb up a heap of them, only to find them perpetually locked?! Well… this one isn’t! In fact, it’s one of the few in New Zealand that is available to the public, so as soon as I can find a driving buddy, I’m extremely keen to make the trip to it!
Have you ticked off any of these? What could you aim to see in your neck of the woods? And, because I’m nosy… what was YOUR first concert?!