Are you longing for a holiday in a world class destination? Wot about Auckland? After all, it was just voted one of 2014's top ten travel destinations in the world. Our Auckland accommodation will put you in the perfect position to explore this multi-cultural region that celebrates its past and offers modern luxuries, like vibrant festivals, world-class attractions and incredible natural wonders.
Get a taste for multiculturalism by attending one of the annual events. The first major one of the year is the Auckland Lantern Festival in February, which celebrates Chinese culture with lantern displays, martial arts demonstrations, live entertainment and fireworks. Another event that's definitely worth heading to is the Pasifika Festival in March. Here, you'll see Pacific Islanders gather to showcase their native dances, products and cuisines for the ultimate fusion of entertainment and culture. If you're a big sports fan, make sure you're here for the NRL Auckland Nines at Aotea Square in February or the V8 Supercars ITM 500 at Pukekohe Park over the ANZAC weekend (April 24 – 27). Foodies, take note of the Taste of Auckland in November and the Auckland Seafood Festival in January!
Some of the other popular attractions in Auckland are landmarks which Mother Nature has carved out. Piha Beach, on the west coast, is known for its silky black sand and great surfing waves. Not far from the beach is the 16,000 hectare Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, with great lookouts and waterfalls which you can even canyon down if you dare. Rangitoto Island is another popular site. It's a 260 metre tall inactive volcano, which you can climb, if you have the time and fitness. The lava caves are also well-worth taking a look at on your way up. Mother Nature isn't the only one who has created impressive sights in Auckland. The man-made Auckland Harbour Bridge is a popular bungy jumping spot, and if you feel like getting wet, you can choose to dip into the water on the way down. Another impressive man-made structure is Sky Tower, New Zealand's tallest building. Daredevils can walk around the pergola or jump off the 328m tall tower (on a wire, of course). After the adrenalin rush, you can sit down to a nice meal at Orbit, the rotating restaurant at the top of the tower. On the other hand, if you'd like to do some shopping, Britomart's waterfront streets and lanes are lined with designer stores. Ponsonby also boasts lots of trendy boutique shops and bars, while Newmarket is the unofficial 'fashion capital of New Zealand'.
There's no need to worry about how you're going to get around Auckland. There are plenty of buses, trains and ferries, as well as cycling tracks throughout the city. Plus, the airport is only a 35 minute drive away from the CBD. So, for a great holiday in a world-class destination, check out our cheap flights to Auckland and book a room in one of the Auckland hotels listed below.
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