New Zealand is known for a lot of things—its epic skydiving and hotel gym views for starters. Plus, the wine country around Hawke’s Bay on the southern part of the island country is one of the most-gorgeous places to go glamping in the world. Given all its natural splendor, it’s little wonder New Zealand was named one of the 10 happiest countries in the world.
According to travel insiders, it’s also a burgeoning market that’s about to outgrow its under-the-radar status. Airbnb has reported booking spikes upwards of 185 percent to places like Dunedin. And while Australia used to be the down under destination of choice, more and more travelers are heading a little farther south. One of the first places their winding up is Auckland, an urban metropolis in the middle of two harbors in northern New Zealand, which also happens to be the country’s largest city and an international flight hub.
Not only is Auckland a convenient point of entry, it’s also beautiful on the eyes and a budding wellness wonderland. For those who are seeking to take a trip to New Zealand and want an itinerary chock full of activities geared toward the wellness enthusiast, use this list as a starting guide to get to the heart of what this stunning city has to offer.
Hike Mt. Maunganui
Journey outside of Auckland proper to take in the sweeping views from above on a hike up Mt. Maunganui. Opt for the Mauao summit walk specifically, one of the more popular hiking trails for reaching the nearly 800-feet summit. Hikers typically take an average of 40 minutes to reach the top.
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