What to do and see in Birkenhead, New Zealand: The Best Places and Tips

July 22, 2017 Oliva Fomby

Discover the best top things to do in Birkenhead, New Zealand including Sky Tower, MagicBroomstick (Segway) Tours, Auckland Night Market, Hinemoa Park, Escape Hunt Auckland, Mount Victoria Reserve, Takapuna Markets, Little Shoal Bay Reserve, Auckland Museum.
Restaurants in Birkenhead

1. Sky Tower

Corner Victoria and Federal Sts, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand +64 9-363 6000
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Sky Tower

Auckland's Sky Tower is the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere, this tower is more than 300 metres high. Offering stunning views, along with award winning restaurants, a gift shop and an opportunity to push your limits by walking the outside of the viewing platforms, or by jumping off from 192 metres above Auckland's CBD.

Reviewed By Alex D - London, United Kingdom

The Sky Tower was a great experience. The lifts were readily available and quick. The glass panel in the floor was a good touch. The views from the viewing platforms were superb. They keep you informed when and if there is anyboby going to do the jump. We were fortunate and got a couple of great shots of someone in mid air. Noit overly expensive and well worth a visit.

2. MagicBroomstick (Segway) Tours

1 Queens Parade | Shop 9 Devonport Ferry Terminal, Devonport, Auckland 0624, New Zealand
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5 based on 178 reviews

MagicBroomstick (Segway) Tours

Magic Broomstick Segway Tours is an absolute "Must do" while you are in Auckland. This activity is fun and exciting and just a little out of the ordinary as you experience the unique sensation of riding a Segway. We first teach you the art of riding then you're off on a tour or short ride. Gliding to the summit of Mt. Victoria or North Head, Devonport's volcanic cones, where you can checkout the Military fort's of the 1880's and be gob-smacked by the awesome views of Auckland city and the Hauraki Gulf is suitable for those over 13 years of age. If you would like a shorter ride we have a "Taste" of Segway which takes in the Beaches and Victorian Villa's of Devonport. If you have a 10 year old in your group you can still experience the awesome Segway as we have a FUN Family ride especially for you.

Reviewed By Spinner915 - Broadview Heights, Ohio

We LOVE segways and the moment we stepped off the ferry from Auckland and spotted the segways, we knew we had to do it. Our plan was to visit Mt Victoria and this was a great way to do it. Adam was our guide and I was so happy that we fit into their schedule since we didn’t have a reservation. We were the only ones on the tour and it was great. It was a warm day and you could see it on the faces of the people walking up the hill. Adam did a great job and also gave us a great reference for lunch. Would highly recommend!!!!!

3. Auckland Night Market

416 Glenfield Road, Glenfield, Auckland 0629, New Zealand +64 9-576 5223
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4.5 based on 55 reviews

Auckland Night Market

Reviewed By Alan G - Feilding, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

There are a number of Auckland Night Markets on different nights and different venues. I do not know if the stall holders are the same in each location. There was a HUGE selection of 'street food' vendors with great looking variety's. There were Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Lebanese and Jamaican street foods available. The markets start about 17:30 through to 23:00. Well worth tracking one down at least to have a good selection of foods with a difference.

4. Hinemoa Park

Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead, Auckland 0626, New Zealand
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4 based on 4 reviews

Hinemoa Park

Reviewed By Michael-4551 - Caloundra, Australia

We visited Friday 16th September. We found this park while looking for somewhere to get a good view of Auckland Harbour Bridge. If you drive through the park you will arrive at Birkenhead Ferry Terminal. There is parking there and you can enjoy the views of Auckland CBD and the Harbour Bridge. You can also catch a ferry from there, much easier than driving into the CBD and having to find a carpark.

5. Escape Hunt Auckland

495 Lake Road, Takapuna, Auckland 0622, New Zealand +64 9-489 4999
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5 based on 31 reviews

Escape Hunt Auckland

AUCKLAND'S MOST PREMIUM AND IMMERSIVE LIVE INTERACTIVE ESCAPE ROOM EXPERIENCE Try the world's best escape games with a NZ twist - including the world's only rugby themed escape room. Escape from getting lost in the Milford Sound or from a shipwreck in the Auckland Islands. A true 5 star experience which lasts ~90 minutes, where you will: - Get locked in a room with up to 5 friends for 60 minutes to find clues, crack puzzles and solve our unique kiwi mysteries before time runs out! - Enjoy complimentary refreshments in our luxury lounge - Do a free detective photo shoot Play together with friends and family in teams of 2-5 (recommended ages 7+). Or book multiple rooms to challenge your friends! It's non-stop, adrenalin pumping, brain activity at it's best! Fun for all ages (no gore or horror) - friends, families, birthday parties, kids parties, hens/buck's and corporate team building.

Reviewed By Hye Joun L

I've been here with my daughters and we had a fantastic time in 'lost in forrest' room. What an awesome set up, friendly staff and an overall great experience.Dear Hye Joun L, Thanks so much for taking the time to review us! We are so pleased to hear that you had a fantastic time and hope to have the opportunity to host you for another game some time soon!! Kind regards Gina

6. Mount Victoria Reserve

Kerr Street, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand
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4.5 based on 366 reviews

Mount Victoria Reserve

Reviewed By bizzydragon - Peterborough, United Kingdom

Whether you want views, history, food or shopping.... it can all be had here. A roundabout land route can be shortened by a ride on the Fullers Ferry from Pier 1, Queens Wharf. Return tickets for adults cost 12.50NZ$ or the AT Hop top-up card can be used on Ferries, as well as on the trains and buses for the 12 min crossing.
A 15-25 min walk gets you to the summit of Mount Victoria from the ferry terminal, where you are rewarded with spectacular views of Auckland, Mt Rangitoto and Waitemata harbour.
Plenty of places can be found for well-cooked food. There is a well-sheltered area near the beach to rest and watch sailboats or windsurfers. Not a great number of shops in this pretty place but a great variety and bargains can be found by the shopping-savvy. The tourist info office, on Victoria Road is well stocked with leaflets and a warm welcome. Go once and you'll want to go back to see if you missed anything.

7. Takapuna Markets

Cnr Lake Road and Anzac Street, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand +64 9-376 2367
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4.5 based on 82 reviews

Takapuna Markets

Reviewed By Brunkell - Auckland, New Zealand

I just LOVE this market. Every Sunday morning you can find fresh veggies, fruits and bread at Takapuna in the carpark located behind the Burger King.
The farmers come along with not just that but honey, homemade soaps, fresh juice and so much more.
You can also enjoy a good music played by some locals, so much fun. Come early, they are all up around 8:30 - 9 am

8. Little Shoal Bay Reserve

Council Terrace, Northcote, Auckland, New Zealand
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Little Shoal Bay Reserve

Reviewed By Adrian M - Auckland, New Zealand

We parked in the reserve at Little Shoal Bay and walked by road to the Birkenhead Wharf, then up the steep steps to Palmerston Rd to Hinemoa St where we had a coffee at the Villa Cafe then down Glade Place to the Little Shoal Bay Valley. Gravelled pathways in the bush link with Le Roys Bush and down to the main Bay. Good walking surface but a little bit of care needed. There are other entry points linked from Seaview Avenue and Valley Road. Overall, a good easy interesting walk.

9. Auckland Museum

The Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand +64 9-309 0443
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Auckland Museum

Discover the history and culture of New Zealand through this memorial to those who sacrificed their lives in wartime.

Reviewed By Niranjan D - New Delhi, Delhi, India

You will know a lot about NZ history, its culture and tradition - particularly Maori culture. It is big and requires lot of time to go through each section. There is an entry fee. Some time there is an exhibition of photographs and other artistic things. We were amazed to see various presentation of photographic marvels. A must while in Auckland.

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