AucklandNew Zealand

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Visit Auckland

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 Central Business District
Auckland CBD showing cbd and street scenes

Auckland Central Business District

Known for Ports, Shopping, Dining

4/5(3,979 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$189
per night
15 Dec. - 16 Dec.

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! (3,357 reviews)

"It was a beautiful hotel in easy walking distance to everything."…"

Reviewed on 4 Dec. 2019

Grand Millennium Auckland
Jet Park Hotel Auckland Airport
Jet Park Hotel Auckland Airport
4.5 out of 5
63 Westney Road, Mangere
NZ$153
per night
28 Dec. - 29 Dec.

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! (3,058 reviews)

"Excellent location with regular shuttles to and from airport. Decent restaurant on premises (no need to go looking for food)"…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec. 2019

Jet Park Hotel Auckland Airport
Novotel Auckland Airport
Novotel Auckland Airport
4.5 out of 5
Ray Emery Drive, Mangere
NZ$255
per night
30 Dec. - 31 Dec.

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! (3,078 reviews)

"Very friendly and helpful and staff, clean rooms, convenient location to the airport, right across the street from the international terminal."…"

Reviewed on 27 Nov. 2019

Novotel Auckland Airport

Popular activities in Auckland

Sky Tower
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Sky Tower

4.5/5(1,022 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(293 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(298 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.

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.

Auckland - Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Ticket
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Auckland - Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Ticket

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.

Full-Day Hobbiton Shire Movie Set Tour from Auckland
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Full-Day Hobbiton Shire Movie Set Tour from Auckland

NZ$310

A fantastical world of wonder awaits at the filming site of HobbitonTM Shire. Nestled within the verdant farmland south of Auckland, this authentic recreation of Bilbo Baggins' Middle Earth village immerses you in all the magic and adventure of the Lord of the Rings.

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium Tickets
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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium Tickets

NZ$37

Connect with the underwater world at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium featuring 13-themed zones, 30 live animal displays, and more than 80 marine species. Designed by renowned diver and all-around adventurer, Kelly Tarlton.

Infinity Float Tank Experience for Couples
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Infinity Float Tank Experience for Couples

NZ$84

Couples floating allows you to de-stress together and build a closer bond. Re-connect with your partner and see your relationship flourish from the profound peace and clarity of floating.

Reviews of Auckland

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 51.43800094295144%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 17.586044318717587%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 2.0037718057520038%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.6836397925506836%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Dec. 2019

Loved Auckland but road works everywhere in the CBD

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

5 Dec. 2019

We got over charged double by a taxi driver from airport to auckland. Too much construction spoiled the look.. Loved the friendliness of the city . Loved the clean harbour area,Loved the islands. loved devonport.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

5 Dec. 2019

Mainly in Cbd a lot of construction going on. Hard to find english restaurants

5/5 - Excellent

Shu

4 Dec. 2019

Auckland is an awesome city for fun, food, nature and culture.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

4 Dec. 2019

Immigration is killing house prices and standard of living

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

3 Dec. 2019

Staff were friendly

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