Explore the harbourside 'City of Sails'.
A third of New Zealand’s population lives in Auckland - an ever-expanding city with two superb harbours and a thriving waterfront. Known as the ‘City of Sails’ due to the number of yachts frequenting its harbours, the city’s high-rise buildings are interspersed with green-lawned squares, and its cultural diversity creates a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Getting around Auckland is easy. Buses are one of the most popular forms of transport and you can get them almost anywhere in the city. Alternatively you can use pedal power and hire a bike. There are dedicated cycle lanes for large sections of the city and you must remember to wear a helmet, it’s against the law not to! You can also hop aboard a water taxi for a visit to one of the many islands off the coast.
- We recommend at least two or three nights in Auckland - see the SkyCity Tower, the Maritime Museum and generally soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere
- Thrillseekers can go jet boating and climb or bungey jump from the Auckland Harbour Bridge
- Waiheke is a 35 minute ferry ride from Auckland where you can explore some beautiful beaches and visit some beautiful vineyards for some wine-tasting
- Lord of the Rings fans can visit Hobbiton from Auckland for that photo opportunity at Bilbo Baggins' front door
- For a change of scene head to the volcanic island of Rangitoto - it's about an hour's walk to the summit where you get 360 degree views of Auckland
Auckland holiday highlights
• Ascend to the top of Auckland's 328m high Sky Tower for panoramic views over the city.
• Take a stroll in the Auckland Domain - a large park near the centre of the city, home to the Winter Gardens and several glasshouses full of tropical plants.
• Stand on Harbour Bridge and look out over West Haven Boat Harbour, one of the world's biggest pleasure-yacht basins.
• Visit the Auckland Museum, home to the largest collection of Polynesian artefacts and a 30m long Maori war canoe, with daily traditional Maori dance performances.