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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.

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Where to stay in Auckland

Auckland CBD showing cbd and street scenes

Auckland Central Business District

4/5Very Good!(4,802 area reviews)

Auckland Central Business District

Top hotels in Auckland

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Novotel Auckland Airport
Novotel Auckland Airport
4.5 out of 5
Ray Emery Drive, Mangere
NZ$249
per night
23 Apr. - 24 Apr.

Situated in Mangere, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Butterfly Creek and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Villa Maria Estate. Rainbow's End and Otuataua Stonefields ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,074 reviews)

"The hotel has a King bed which is nice. It's modern. The food at the restaurant was excellent, much better than we expected. Service at the restaurant was very slow."…"

Reviewed on 1 Apr. 2020

Novotel Auckland Airport
Naumi Auckland Airport
Naumi Auckland Airport
4.5 out of 5
153 Kirkbride Road, Mangere, Auckland
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NZ$129
per night
12 Apr. - 13 Apr.

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of JKs Driving Range, Treasure Island Adventure Golf and Butterfly Creek. Westfield Manukau ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,698 reviews)

"Rooms for most part faced pool or garden and were bright with large balconies. The elevators were not easily found not were the rooms because it is a massive hotel with arms of rooms stretching either left or right."…"

Reviewed on 27 Mar. 2020

Naumi 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$199
per night
26 Apr. - 27 Apr.

Located in Newton, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Karangahape Road and Queen Street Shopping District. Auckland City Hospital and The Civic are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,057 reviews)

"The staff could not have been more attentive. The food was excellent. Great central location with old English style charm and service."…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar. 2020

Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group

Popular activities in Auckland

Sky Tower
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Sky Tower

4.5/5(1,170 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.

Auckland Zoo
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Auckland Zoo

4.5/5(335 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.

Auckland Ferry Terminal
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Auckland Ferry Terminal

4/5(953 reviews)

Combining historic architecture with modern facilities, Auckland’s harbourside transport terminal is the place to embark on an adventure or simply sit with a coffee and watch the world go by.

Top activities in Auckland

Taste of Waiheke Island Tour
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Taste of Waiheke Island Tour

90% of travellers recommend
NZ$180
Per adult
Waitemata Harbour Cruise
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Waitemata Harbour Cruise

92% of travellers recommend
NZ$55
Per adult
Rangitoto Volcanic Explorer Half-Day Tour
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Rangitoto Volcanic Explorer Half-Day Tour

90% of travellers recommend
NZ$75
Per adult
Wild West Coast & Waitakere Ranges Full-Day Photo Discovery Tour
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Wild West Coast & Waitakere Ranges Full-Day Photo Discovery Tour

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$245
Per adult
Waiheke Island Afternoon Wine Tasting Tour
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Waiheke Island Afternoon Wine Tasting Tour

94% of travellers recommend
NZ$150
Per adult
Best of the West Half-Day Photo & Discovery Tour
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Best of the West Half-Day Photo & Discovery Tour

98% of travellers recommend
NZ$175
Per adult

Reviews of Auckland

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1471
5 - Excellent 27.780925401322%
4 - Good
2750
4 - Good 51.93578847969783%
3 - Okay
927
3 - Okay 17.507082152974505%
2 - Disappointing
106
2 - Disappointing 2.0018885741265344%
1 - Terrible
41
1 - Terrible 0.7743153918791312%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Apr. 2020

Very Quiet as covid 19 was kicking in. Shame

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Mar. 2020

It’s my hometown- it has its issues but still the best city in NZ!

1/5 - Terrible

Aaron

23 Mar. 2020

I'm still waiting for the refund of my deposit after two and a half days

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Mar. 2020

A lot of construction going on but it was very quiet with the Coronavirus so it was great to wonder around and shop

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Mar. 2020

Loved it! Just sorry we didn’t have more time to explore!

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

20 Mar. 2020

The only reason I was in Auckland was to see my son. I do not like the congestion of people and traffic, or the difficulties in finding a parking space when dining out in the evening. The city needs more car parking facilities around suburban areas.

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