ICC World Cup: Five must-dos in Auckland
mid-day presents a list of things you must try while in the New Zealand city
Harbour Bridge climb
The climbs are not very steep, and after a series of short, narrow ladders zig-zagging along the length and breadth of the bridge, the trip finishes at the top of the iron structure offering breath-taking views of the Auckland harbour area.
Former NZ captain Stephen Fleming faces Andy Bichel (Aus) on the Auckland Harbour Bridge at a World Cup promotional event on October 26, 2014. All-rounder Chris Harris is the non-striker. Pic/Getty Images
Harbour Bridge Bungy jump
Jumping off the middle of the Harbour Bridge bang into the sea a good 40 meters down is an adrenaline rush like no other. There is a good 500m walk across the bridge, from the shore to the centre of the structure and back, before and after the jump. But that walk on the railings of the iron bridge and over the water below, only prepares you for what's in store ahead. Former England football captain David Beckham did the jump here around five years ago.
If taking the express elevator up to the 50th floor with a glass wall in front throughout making you realise how high you're going, isn't scary enough, then standing on the ledge 192m up just before the jump will definitely send shivers down your spine. The jump though is not as exhilarating as a bungy, as you are controlled by cables and brought down at a brisk pace, in contrast to the bungy free-fall. But the height and the view of concrete buildings all around is frightening.
Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan did this when the Indian team toured here in 2009. Once up there at 192m (approximately 630 feet), walking on a one-metre ledge, "is one of the scariest things to do" wrote Tedulkar in his book Playing It My Way.
The Waiheke Island is one of the most picturesque of locations — a 40-minute boat ride from Auckland. Full of wineries — 33 in all to be precise — and beautiful tropical weather, it has gorgeous stretches of beaches too.