AucklandNew Zealand

4.1/5Top Destination

Auckland is framed by the mountains on one side, and the coast on the other, with the Waitakere Ranges to the west, Manukau Harbour to the south-west and Hauraki Gulf and islands to the east. But, before you think about what's outside the city, there are plenty of sights inside to occupy your time. Head for the Sky Tower in the heart of the city centre and take the glass lift that scales its 220 metres. The view from the top is impressive to say the least, offering a stunning panorama of the city, harbour and nearby mountains.

Auckland itself was originally built around a number of extinct volcanoes. The suburb of Mount Eden, for example, was built right on the side of a cone. A climb to the top of this cone is rewarded with a staggering view down its 50-metre crater. The volcanic soil and natural springs provided by Pukekawa volcano, meanwhile, allow the gardens at Auckland Domain, to truly flourish. A trip to the city's oldest park should be on the itinerary for any nature enthusiast, while the Auckland War Memorial Museum, also located in the Domain, at its highest point, is a major draw for those interested in learning about both the area's natural history and the history and culture of the Maori people.

If you prefer your nature a little more immediate, try a trip to the award-winning Auckland Zoo. With over 138 different species, including rhinos, cheetahs and a rare chance to see the elusive kiwi, this is a great day out for families in particular.

For those who do want to get out of the city, it usually makes sense to rent a car. Alternatively, you could head to Viaduct Harbour, where most of the city's most fabulous boats and yachts are moored. Stop in at one of the many bars and restaurants dotted along the water for a bite to eat before hopping a boat to Waiheke Island. Just 40 minutes away, this is a great spot for tramping, and home to some of the finest beaches in the area.

For those who take their tramping activities a little more seriously, there are plentiful trails for varying levels in the Waitakere Ranges situated behind the city. These include the popular and challenging Hillary Trail: 75 kilometres over 4 days, with 3 nights of camping. If this seems like a little too much activity for you, you can always hop onto one of the many tour buses and coaches that offer day trips through the hills, or even rent a car and discover the area for yourself.

Known for

Shopping, Dining and Skyscrapers

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Where to stay in Auckland

Auckland Central Business District
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Auckland Central Business District

Known for Ports, Shopping, Dining

4/5(3,556 reviews)

Explore Auckland’s inner-city hub to find historic architecture alongside contemporary designs, the revitalised Auckland Waterfront and a busy shopping precinct.

Top hotels in Auckland

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Millennium Auckland
Grand Millennium Auckland
4.5 out of 5
71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland
NZ$199
per night
25 Oct. - 26 Oct.

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this hotel is steps away from Aotea Centre and Auckland Town Hall. Queen Street Shopping District and Sky Tower ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (3,372 reviews)

"absolutely a great place to stay and enjoy to the fullest. Service, food, and everything was great."…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2019

Grand Millennium Auckland
Jet Park Hotel Auckland Airport
Jet Park Hotel Auckland Airport
4.5 out of 5
63 Westney Road, Mangere
NZ$161
per night
27 Oct. - 28 Oct.

This family-friendly Mangere hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Butterfly Creek, Villa Maria Estate and Crater Hill. Otuataua Stonefields ...

4.4/5Excellent! (3,074 reviews)

"Loved the free shuttle from & to the airport. Staff were warm, friendly and approachable."…"

Reviewed on 21 Oct. 2019

Jet Park Hotel Auckland Airport
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
5 out of 5
83 Symonds Street, Box 2771, Auckland
NZ$219
per night
27 Oct. - 28 Oct.

Located in Newton, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Karangahape Road and Queen Street Shopping District. Auckland Town Hall and University of Auckland ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,039 reviews)

"Always perfect. Service is great. Doorman is great, food is great , bed is great"…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct. 2019

Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group

Popular activities in Auckland

Sky Tower
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Sky Tower

4.5/5(959 reviews)

Ascend the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand for stunning views over Auckland. Dine in the rotating restaurant or take a dive from a height of 194 metres.

Mt. Eden Domain
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Mt. Eden Domain

4/5(274 reviews)

Pull on your walking boots and follow a trail that takes in a volcanic crater, a 19th-century prison and a quirky, creative village.

Auckland Zoo
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Auckland Zoo

4.5/5(276 reviews)

Just eight minutes from Auckland city centre white rhinos and a pride of lions roam. Wander safely and at your leisure amid tigers and elephants at Auckland Zoo.

Piha Beach
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Piha Beach

4.5/5(170 reviews)

Take to the black sand and rolling surf of Piha Beach for epic surfing and serene rainforest walks.

Auckland Domain
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Auckland Domain

4.5/5(440 reviews)

Once the site of an active volcano, Auckland Domain is now home to a wealth of exotic plantlife, sculpture and a wide-ranging museum.

Auckland War Memorial Museum
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Auckland War Memorial Museum

4.5/5(228 reviews)

Despite what you might think, there's more to this museum than guns and warplanes (though those are pretty impressive too).

Top activities in Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

NZ$84

Step into the world of Middle-earth, the Shire, and Hobbiton as you head to the movie set where acclaimed director Peter Jackson brought J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved books to life. Find out how this once-sleepy sheep farm was turned into a movie set and take an up-close look at real sets and props.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Boat Tour
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Boat Tour

NZ$55

Venture inside the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and enter a magical world shimmering with thousands of tiny glowworms. After discovering the incredible acoustic properties of the chamber known as the Cathedral, board a boat and glide beneath a dazzling ceiling illuminated by living lights.

Sky Tower Observation Admission Tickets
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Sky Tower Observation Admission Tickets

NZ$32

The Sky Tower has stood tall at 328 meters as an icon of Auckland's sky line for 20 years. It's an exciting hub of adrenaline activities, superb dining and breathtaking views from three observation levels. If you're visiting Auckland for just one day, then a trip up the Sky Tower is a must.

24hr Hop on Hop Off Auckland
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24hr Hop on Hop Off Auckland

NZ$25

Explore Auckland in a day at your own leisure with a 24-hour hop on hop off pass. Climb aboard your Auckland sightseeing bus, cruising through downtown districts and quaint suburbs as you listen to informative commentary about Auckland history and culture from your knowledgeable driver guide.

Waiheke Explorer Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Waiheke Explorer Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

NZ$48

Cruise your way around Waiheke's highlights with a bus pass that makes navigating the island a snap. With the freedom to hop on and off the bus at conveniently located stops, discover the island's vineyards, restaurants, beaches, and shopping spots entirely at your own pace.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Rotorua Full-Day Tour
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Rotorua Full-Day Tour

NZ$367

Join us on a sightseeing tour and discover some of the best places to visit near Auckland. Leave the city behind on this day trip from Auckland and uncover the wonders of Waitomo Caves and Rotorua; marvel at the famous Glowworm Grotto, see the steaming geysers and bubbling mud pools that make up the Rotorua geothermal landscape and gain an insight into Maori culture in New Zealand.

Reviews of Auckland

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 52.014057853473915%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 17.139767504731008%
2 - Disappointing
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1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.6758583400919167%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

21 Oct. 2019

Good public transport. Pretty city.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

21 Oct. 2019

Great commuting with AT HOP card for seniors. Nice ferry ride to Waiheke Island

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

21 Oct. 2019

More work needs to be done for tourists. Central Auckland is quite boring a a city and rainfall makes it less appealing--100mm per month on average for all but two months. Tourist card--few options. Get a car and explore out of the city.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

21 Oct. 2019

I was attending forums so didn't get to look around too much but what I did see and do I enjoyed.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

20 Oct. 2019

Auckland is great place to visit. Lots to do. Good food, good shopping. Pity buses weren't a little more user friendly for tourists.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

20 Oct. 2019

Just a lot of roadworks going on at the moment which were annoying

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