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AucklandNew Zealand

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.

Auckland Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Auckland

Auckland CBD showing cbd and street scenes

Auckland Central Business District

4/5Very Good!(4,890 area reviews)

The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of Auckland Central Business District. Make a stop by Sky Tower or Auckland Ferry Terminal while you're exploring the area.

Auckland Central Business District

Top hotels in Auckland

The Grand by SkyCity
The Grand by SkyCity
5 out of 5
90 Federal Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$322 per night from 3 Nov. to 4 Nov.

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Sky Tower and SkyCity Casino. Auckland Ferry Terminal and University of Auckland ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,342 reviews)

"Staff all very helpful and friendly especially parking attendants who went out of their way to make sure we were happy with our parking arrangements"…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct. 2020

The Grand by SkyCity
Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
4.5 out of 5
40 Kitchener Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$199 per night from 28 Oct. to 29 Oct.

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is steps away from High Street and Queen Street Shopping District. University of ...

4.4/5Excellent! (984 reviews)

"Great location for lots of restaurants, bars and shopping. Small grocery store across from property and liquor store very close too."…"

Reviewed on 23 Oct. 2020

Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
SkyCity Hotel
SkyCity Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$278 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Sky City Casino, Sky Tower and SkyCity Casino. SKYCITY Auckland Convention ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,419 reviews)

"Great location, easy to find, clean and very comfy"…"

Reviewed on 22 Oct. 2020

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.

Holiday Rentals in Auckland

Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
4.5 out of 5
40 Kitchener Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$199 per night from 28 Oct. to 29 Oct.

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is steps away from High Street and Queen Street Shopping District. University of ...

4.4/5Excellent! (984 reviews)

"Great location for lots of restaurants, bars and shopping. Small grocery store across from property and liquor store very close too."…"

Reviewed on 23 Oct. 2020

Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
Auckland Harbour Suites
Auckland Harbour Suites
3.5 out of 5
16 Gore Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$129 per night from 28 Oct. to 29 Oct.

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of La Cigale Market at Britomart and Queen Street Shopping District. ...

3.7/5Good! (2,452 reviews)

"Room was great, amazing view. We didnt realize parking wasnt included so had to pay extra for carpark."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jul. 2020

Auckland Harbour Suites
Waldorf St Martins Apartments Hotel
Waldorf St Martins Apartments Hotel
4.5 out of 5
6-12 St Martins Lane, Auckland

Located in Newton, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Auckland Town Hall and University of Auckland. Sky Tower and Auckland Domain are also ...

4/5Very Good! (2,952 reviews)

"We arrived early and our room was already ready for us - really appreciated that"…"

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2020

Waldorf St Martins Apartments 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.

Popular places to visit in Auckland

Top activities in Auckland

Reviews of Auckland

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 27.772617499535574%
4 - Good
2796
4 - Good 51.9412966747167%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 17.480958573286273%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 2.0248931822403864%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.7802340702210663%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

3 Jun. 2020

Queen street was closed for roadworks while we were there

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

1 Jun. 2020

there are too many road works, unfinished buildings to make the general environment pleasant to be in

4/5 - Good

Bruce

1 Jun. 2020

The road works and parking currently in Auckland are terrible. Roadworks in particular are poorly managed and sineage for redirection of traffic is almost non existant.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

31 May 2020

Nice place to stay but room smelt like piss he whole time being there!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 May 2020

Too busy.... on the road.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 May 2020

Bus drivers are crazy!

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