Seeing a spectacular sunset never fails to leave you feeling settled at the end of a day, no matter how it went. Here in Auckland, we're spoiled for choice when it comes to epic spots to watch the sun go down. We've made the choice slightly easier for you by rounding up 11 of the best locations around our city to catch the last few moments of light before the sun goes to brighten up someone else's day. See all our picks on this map or keep reading to find out more.
Be mindful of sunset times, do a quick Google before heading out on your mission. Generally speaking, in Autumn and Winter you can expect the sun to set around 5.00-5.30 most days. In the Spring and Summer, you can catch a great sunset at around 7.30-8pm most nights.
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Bastion Point - This promontory above Tāmaki Drive provides a beautiful vantage point over the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf Islands. Grab fish and chips from Sea Cow on the Bay in Mission Bay and head up here to watch the city’s skyline turn into a silhouette as the sun says goodbye for the day.
Musick Point - This is a secret spot that very few know about so, trust us, follow our instructions, and thank us later. First, head to the Howick Golf Club and follow the road through the course to the end of the point where there is a small parking bay. Next, park up, hop out of your car, and walk towards what used to be a radio station building. Finally, head around the front to find a steep path which will take you to a clearing with truly spectacular views of Waiheke, Rangitoto, Motuihe, Motutapu and Browns Islands. Enjoy.
Mount Victoria - The grassy banks of the North Shore's tallest dormant volcano (at 87 meters tall) provide the perfect place to say see you later to the sun. From the summit, you'll have 360-degree views over the cute Devonport villas, out to the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf. We recommend sticking around after the sun has set to watch the city light up and sparkle.
Little Shoal Bay - The tiny beach you see as you head north over the Harbour Bridge is Little Shoal Bay. With a grassy park and playground, it's a popular spot with locals during the day but, in the evening it clears out and is a great place to watch the sunset over the city through the concrete pylons of the harbour bridge.
Herne Bay beaches - Hamilton Road Beach and neighbouring Sentinel Beach, are both charming inner-city bays. Although they're technically facing the wrong way for sunset, they're both still stunning spots to have an evening dip in the ocean (check the tides) under the dusky pink sky.
Mount Eden - There are very few places in the world where you can safely sit on a volcano to watch the sun go down. In Auckland we have more than 50 dormant volcanoes, so you can! Mount Eden is the tallest of the mainland's volcanoes sitting at 196 meters high. From the summit, you'll have 360-degree views of the suburbs, city, and beyond.
Muriwai - Every year between October and February around 1,200 pairs of gannets nest on the cliffs here. With their two-metre wingspan and nests only centimetres apart, it's entertaining to watch them come and go, particularly with an intense sunset in the background. Hike the easy 1km long Muriwai Lookout Track through coastal bush to reach the epic lookout platform.
Piha - Piha might be known for its black sand, jagged coastline, roaring surf but the sunsets here are sure to take your breath away! No matter where you park up along this coastline, you'll have an amazing view of the sunset but we recommend tackling the climb up Lion Rock for a sunset experience you won't forget.
Awhitu Peninsula - 100km drive from central Auckland, on the other side of the Manukau Harbor, is the Awhitu Peninsular. Head to the end of the peninsula, park your car and take a short walk to the Manukau Heads Lighthouse. Perch yourself at the lighthouse or lookout and watch as the sun disappears below the horizon with amazing views out to the Tasman Sea and back towards the city skyline.
Sunset Beach - As its name indicates, this is the perfect place to be at the close of play. Settle in on the sand dunes with a steaming bag of fish and chips from Carol at Sunset Takeaways and enjoy the show.
Waiheke Island - Park yourself at one of the world-class wineries and watch the sun go down with a glass of red or white in your hand. Our picks are Mudbrick and Cable Bay as both have award-winning wines and incredible views back towards Auckland City.
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