AucklandNew Zealand

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A city surrounded by natural wonders, Auckland is perfect for all kinds of adventures, from eating out on the water, to going on safari to peeking inside a volcano.

The biggest city on New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland is more than just a stunning metropolis with great places to explore, shop and eat. It’s also a great base from which to discover the captivating natural landscape of the wider region, with a beautiful pristine coastline on one side of the city and mountains on the other.

To the south-west of Auckland, you’ll find the Hauraki Gulf, while to the west you can explore the rainforest of the Waitakere Ranges. Head for downtown Auckland’s Sky Tower and take a glass lift ride to the top so you can see it all for yourself from 220 metres above the ground.

Built on a range of extinct volcanoes, Auckland offers so much for visitors to explore. The suburb of Mount Eden lies on one side of a cinder-cone volcano; you can climb up the mountain to look down into its 50-metre-deep crater. The region’s volcanic soil, as well as the natural springs of the Pukekawa volcano, provide a great location for the flowers and greenery to flourish in the city’s oldest park, Auckland Domain.

At the Domain’s highest point, you’ll find the Auckland War Memorial Museum where you can learn more about the natural history of the region as well as the heritage of the Maori people. Take a trip elsewhere to the Auckland Zoo to see the iconic kiwi, as well as the many other kinds of animals among the 138 species of wildlife housed in its habitats.

At Viaduct Harbour you’ll see vessels large and small sailing on the water, with ferries departing here through the day for the islands in the Hauraki Gulf. From here, you can head to Waiheke Island just 40 minutes away (a great destination for hiking), enjoy some time on the beach, or sample some of the great food on offer.

Meanwhile, on the rising hills behind Auckland, you can explore miles of rainforest and coastal trails in the Waitakere Ranges, and get to camp out in the wilderness. If you’re a keen ‘tramper’ (as the New Zealanders call hikers), try the tough Hilary Trail which stretches for 75 kilometres and will give you a good four days’ walking. For a more sedate voyage, take a day trip through the ranges by car or bus.

It is easy to get around Auckland with buses, trains and ferries all available around the downtown area. The Explorer Bus is a great choice if you want to find out more about the sights of the city. Or if you want to go a little further afield, you can hire a car too.

Where to stay in Auckland

Auckland CBD featuring street scenes and cbd

Auckland Central Business District

4/5Very Good!(209 area reviews)

The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of Auckland Central Business District. Make a stop by Sky Tower or Auckland Ferry Terminal while you're exploring the area.

Auckland Central Business District
Auckland Domain which includes a garden

Parnell

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)

Parnell is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Auckland War Memorial Museum or Auckland Domain.

Parnell
Mt. Eden which includes tranquil scenes and landscape views

Mount Eden

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Unique features of Mount Eden include the bars and shopping. Make a stop by Mt. Eden or Eden Park while you're exploring the area.

Mount Eden
Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand
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Grey Lynn

Restaurants, spas and shopping highlight some of the noteworthy features of Grey Lynn. Make a stop by Ponsonby Road or Artstation while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Grey Lynn
Mt. Eden showing a city

Mount Albert

You'll enjoy the restaurants and monuments in Mount Albert. You might want to make time for a stop at Westfield St. Luke's Shopping Centre or St Mary's Cathedral.

Mount Albert
Newton, Auckland, New Zealand
trover photo by Nayika's footprints

Newton

4/5Very Good!(50 area reviews)

Newton is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Queen Street Shopping District and Karangahape Road while you're in town.

Newton

Top hotels in Auckland

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Novotel Auckland Airport
Novotel Auckland Airport
4.5 out of 5
Ray Emery Drive, Mangere
Rs12,168
per night
Mar 20 - Mar 21

Situated in Mangere, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Butterfly Creek and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Villa Maria Estate. Rainbow's End and Otuataua Stonefields ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,044 reviews)

"Very adequate airport hotel, no problems for an overnight stay, no breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

Novotel Auckland Airport
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
5 out of 5
83 Symonds Street, Box 2771, Auckland
Rs9,047
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Newton, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Karangahape Road and Queen Street Shopping District. Auckland City Hospital and The Civic are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,037 reviews)

"Quick fast service the rooms are huge, staff are so friendly and great overall service."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
Naumi Auckland Airport
Naumi Auckland Airport
4.5 out of 5
153 Kirkbride Road, Mangere, Auckland
Rs5,294
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of JKs Driving Range, Treasure Island Adventure Golf and Butterfly Creek. Westfield Manukau ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,623 reviews)

"😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 lovely stay will come back with family and friends"…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2020

Naumi Auckland Airport

Popular things to do in Auckland

Sky Tower
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Sky Tower

4.5/5(86 reviews)

Gaze at the view across Auckland from the top of New Zealand’s tallest tower while dining in a rotating restaurant, or take a dive in a cable-controlled jump.

Auckland Zoo
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Auckland Zoo

4/5(18 reviews)

The pygmy marmoset and the massive white rhino are among the rare wildlife you’ll find here, along with species from across New Zealand and beyond.

Auckland Ferry Terminal
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Auckland Ferry Terminal

4/5(89 reviews)

Combining historic architecture with modern facilities, Auckland’s harbourside transport terminal is the place to embark on an adventure or simply sit with a coffee and watch the world go by.

Piha Beach
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Piha Beach

4.5/5(23 reviews)

A remote and idyllic beach where striking emerald cliffs and lush rainforests meet black sandy shores and clear blue waters.

Rainbow's End
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Rainbow's End

3.5/5(4 reviews)

A fun-filled theme with something for all the family including a log flume, an 18-storey drop ride as well as a corkscrew roller coaster.

University of Auckland
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University of Auckland

4.5/5(14 reviews)

Enjoy the student vibe with a visit to University of Auckland, a well-known university in Auckland. Visit the area's shops or amble around its beautiful beaches.

Reviews of Auckland

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 33.51648351648352%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 54.395604395604394%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 10.43956043956044%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.6483516483516483%
1 - Terrible
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 16, 2020

Only visited the skytower. Please delete the two entries arked terrible, iclicked by mistake and couldnt amend

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 15, 2020

A lot of road works and building renovations happening at the moment

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 7, 2020

Good free walking tour

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 31, 2020

It will be great when it’s finished 

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 29, 2020

The area around the waterfront is changing fast and will be great when its finished. Roadworks are a bit of an obstacle at the moment but the way they are managing visitors is exemplary!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 25, 2020

Auckland was a busy place, our location was excellent, places were is to visit and get around.

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