Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest and busiest city, but it still has plenty of the country’s famous natural beauty.
With green volcanic hills and two large harbours to explore, it offers island activities, seaside villages and lush green parks. In the city centre you’ll find the iconic Auckland Sky Tower, which you can base- jump off if you’re really looking for a thrill, plus attractions like the Auckland Art Gallery and the SEA LIFE Aquarium. Book your Auckland package with us for a city that’s the starting point for your New Zealand holiday - or a perfect holiday in itself.
With a Maori history going back over 800 years, Auckland was declared New Zealand’s capital in 1841 after the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. In 1865, that honour was transferred to Port Nicholson, now known as Wellington. Auckland is surrounded by eleven (thankfully) extinct volcanoes, which now form its uniquely shaped green hills.
Things to do
The best way to get a good view of Auckland is from the Sky Tower, New Zealand’s tallest man-made structure. From three viewing platforms, you can see all the way to Rangitoto and beyond – up to 80 kms! To check out the views of Auckland from the outside, wander around the SkyWalk strapped into your harness. If you’re feeling particularly brave, take the SkyJump and leap 192 metres straight down, suspended on a wire.
For something a little less adrenaline-pumping, but no less exciting, take a trip to the Auckland Art Gallery. With four stories worth of exhibitions, and art spanning seven centuries, this is the largest permanent collection of Kiwi art in the country. Those who like aquatic attractions can also spot some interesting sights at SEA LIFE Aquarium and the New Zealand Maritime Museum.
Auckland’s extinct volcanoes are sweet places for relaxing walks and great views. Mt. Eden has a green basin perfect for watching the sunset, and a 5.5 acre garden filled with colourful plants.
Just a short ferry ride from Auckland city, Devonport is a charming village by the sea. Check out Mount Victoria Reserve for impressive views of Rangitoto. Speaking of Rangitoto, this 600-year-old volcano is a 25 minute ferry ride from Auckland’s coast… and well worth the trip. It’s only a one-hour walk to the summit and its spectacular views, and the trail winds through fields of black lava stones and native forest. Waiheke Island is the ideal place for a wine tour, with its many vineyards, and it has beautiful secluded beaches as well.
Shopping and dining
It’s easy to find some sweet shopping in Auckland. The Britomart precinct has a terrific array of fashion. Devonport has book shops and quirky gifts. K Road (Karangahape Road) in Central Auckland has everything from boutiques to art galleries to nightlife.
Auckland has food from around the globe and a fine selection of places to enjoy it, whether you’re planning on lunching at a Waiheke Island winery, dining at the Sky Tower’s revolving restaurant, or chilling at a café in Ponsonby (by the way, Auckland has fantastic coffee).
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