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Auckland
Travel Guide

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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.

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Where to stay in Auckland

Hilton Auckland
Hilton Auckland
5 out of 5
Princes Wharf 147 Quay Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$260 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Auckland Ferry Terminal and Commercial Bay. Viaduct Harbour and ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (968 reviews)
"Fantastic service, comfy beds. Free upgrade for our wedding anniversary to a harbor facing room was great. Loved the peach bellinis at the bar. Husband was disappointed the swimming pool was out of action for repairs but we still had a wonderful stay"

Reviewed on 14 Apr. 2021

Hilton Auckland
QT Auckland
QT Auckland
5 out of 5
4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland
The price is NZ$279 per night from 18 Apr. to 19 Apr.
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Viaduct Harbour, Victoria Park and SkyCity Casino. Sky Tower and Princes ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (17 reviews)
"I stayed QT king room for 2 nights, It was such a pleasant experience. Good location just around the Harbour but quiet, friendly staff and comfortable and clean bed. I would definitely stay again in the future. :)"

Reviewed on 14 Apr. 2021

QT Auckland
SkyCity Hotel
SkyCity Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
The price is NZ$237 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from SkyCity Casino and Sky Tower. Viaduct Harbour and University of Auckland ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,415 reviews)
"Highly recommend. Awesome helpful staff. Wonderful hotel to stay at."

Reviewed on 16 Apr. 2021

SkyCity Hotel
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.
The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
4.5 out of 5
85-89 Custom St West, Auckland
The price is NZ$219 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of La Cigale Market at Britomart, Auckland Ferry Terminal ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,166 reviews)
"One of the best places we have stayed in Auckland"

Reviewed on 27 Mar. 2021

The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Swiss-Belsuites Victoria Park Auckland
Swiss-Belsuites Victoria Park Auckland
4.5 out of 5
206 Victoria Street West, Auckland, Auckland
The price is NZ$262 per night from 18 Apr. to 19 Apr.
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Victoria Park Market, Victoria Park and Sky Tower. Viaduct ...
4.4/5Excellent! (498 reviews)
"Great location close to everything you need for a city stay. Property starting to show age and cleanliness could be improved a little."

Reviewed on 16 Apr. 2021

Swiss-Belsuites Victoria Park Auckland
Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
4.5 out of 5
40 Kitchener Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$179 per night from 18 Apr. to 19 Apr.
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is steps away from High Street and Queen Street Shopping District. University of Auckland ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,030 reviews)
"Harbour view room was a nice staycation"

Reviewed on 6 Apr. 2021

Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
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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