Guns & Butter: Auckland Travel Guide (Not City Centre Edition)


Auckland Guide is part of the Tahiti Triumph Trip Report. It covers the following cities:

See the Picture Preview here and see how this $60,000 trip cost $1999 here. Be sure to check out TPOL’s Map, the best feature of the blog.

TPOL’s Guns & Butter Travel Guide is the best way to see as much as you can in as little time as possible. Here’s how it works – A trip is composed of two factors: Labor And Lazy. The opportunity cost (what is given up) for relaxing and being Lazy is gained by being adventurous in the form of Labor and vice versa. The guide includes inefficient activities i.e., tourist traps that should be avoided and aspirational activities that are worth doing but may be impossible to see given the constraints of time and resources.

I had one day in Auckland to do and see as much as I could. Mission accomplished.

A Night at the Airport

If you’re arriving late, stay at the ibis Airport Hotel (see ibis Auckland Airport: Bring Your Own Push Cart), enjoy some fine dining, and maybe have a pint, happy hour or not.

Pick up your rental early on and prepare to leave the big city.


Visit Gulf Harbour Country Club (see Gulf Harbour Country Club: Where to Golf in New Zealand) for more than a round of golf, it has magnificent views, so long as you don’t fall off the cliff.

Wine Tasting 

Follow up a round of golf by wine tasting (see Waimauku: Wine Tasting in Auckland).

Beer Tasting

Wine isn’t the only libation made here. There’s a great brewery as well (see Blind Taste Tasting @ NZ’s Oldest Riverside Tavern).


Upon arriving at my cabin, I realized that I should have planned to stay more than one night (see The Vineyard Cottages Auckland: Best Hideaway Yet).


One night in ‘Auckland,’ not in the city centre, was excellent.

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