Auckland

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A great city with rainforests and volcanoes on the doorstep, Auckland ticks all the boxes, from fine cuisine and culture, to wildlife and wilderness.

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.

Where to stay in Auckland

SkyCity Hotel
SkyCity Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland, 1010
The price is NZ$206 per night from 24 Jul. to 25 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Auckland. Enjoy free WiFi, 15 restaurants and a casino. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,067 reviews)
"everything"

Reviewed on 21 Jun. 2022

SkyCity Hotel
Grand Millennium Auckland
Grand Millennium Auckland
4.5 out of 5
71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland, 1010
The price is NZ$219 per night from 30 Jun. to 1 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star business-friendly hotel in Auckland. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (993 reviews)
"The hotel was immaculate. Rooms are large and quiet and comfortable. The only slight issue was car parking which is an attached car parking building. The problem was you need an app to gain access. This isn’t advertised until you are at the entrance to the car park itself. Receptionist failed to ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jun. 2022

Grand Millennium Auckland
The Grand by SkyCity
The Grand by SkyCity
5 out of 5
90 Federal Street, Auckland, 1010
The price is NZ$263 per night from 10 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Auckland. Enjoy free WiFi, 15 restaurants and a casino. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (971 reviews)
"Really great experience from check in to check out. Room was lovely and quiet, even in a busy part of the city. It will be my preferred choice from now."

Reviewed on 19 Jun. 2022

The Grand by SkyCity
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Nesuto St Martins Apartment Hotel
Nesuto St Martins Apartment Hotel
4.5 out of 5
6-12 St Martins Lane, Auckland, 1010
The price is NZ$152 per night from 3 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Auckland. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (2,908 reviews)
"I loved the service. The room was wonderful. Only small niggy was the bottom of the shower was covered in ants and a bad smell."

Reviewed on 17 Jun. 2022

Nesuto St Martins Apartment Hotel
Barclay Suites
Barclay Suites
4.5 out of 5
74 Albert Street, Auckland, 1010
The price is NZ$194 per night from 12 Jul. to 13 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Auckland. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (3,163 reviews)
"Close to queen street. There was a stain on the couch, crack in the lift floor tile, black bits in one of the glasses i filled with water."

Reviewed on 5 Jun. 2022

Barclay Suites
The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
4 out of 5
85-89 Custom St West, Auckland, 1001
The price is NZ$239 per night from 10 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Auckland. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,206 reviews)
"Awsome hotel with excellent front of house service definitely best spot to stay if gonna get OTP in the viaduct"

Reviewed on 20 May 2022

The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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