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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

ibis budget Auckland Airport
ibis budget Auckland Airport
3 out of 5
2 Leonard Isitt Drive, Mangere
The price is NZ$105 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Butterfly Creek, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Rainbow's End and Dressmart Outlet Shopping ...
4/5Very Good! (1,877 reviews)
"Close to airport"

Reviewed on 13 Jun. 2021

ibis budget Auckland Airport
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$237 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
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! (1,463 reviews)
"No complaints at all."

Reviewed on 13 Jun. 2021

SkyCity Hotel
The Grand by SkyCity
The Grand by SkyCity
5 out of 5
90 Federal Street, Auckland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$280 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
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! (1,258 reviews)
"Goid ned, great view. Lots of cafes and restaurants close by."

Reviewed on 14 Jun. 2021

The Grand by SkyCity
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.
Columbia Apartments
Columbia Apartments
2.5 out of 5
15 Whitaker Place, Grafton, Auckland, Auckland
The price is NZ$39 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 Jun.
Located in Newton, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Karangahape Road and Queen Street Shopping District. University of Auckland and Aotea ...
3.2/5 (68 reviews)
"Room was different to the one booked. Had to choose between 2 rooms, 1 had no curtains, the other smelled of cigarettes"

Reviewed on 8 Jun. 2021

Columbia Apartments
Park Hotel
Park Hotel
4 out of 5
2 Day Street, Auckland, Auckland
The price is NZ$136 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in Newton, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Karangahape Road and Queen Street Shopping District. Sky Tower and Aotea Centre are also within ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (746 reviews)
"Really enjoyed our stay"

Reviewed on 31 May 2021

Park Hotel
MCentral Apartments Manukau
MCentral Apartments Manukau
4 out of 5
17 Putney Way, Manukau City
The price is NZ$165 per night from 18 Jun. to 18 Jun.
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Westfield Manukau City Shopping Centre and Rainbow's End. Papatoetoe Old Railway Station ...
3.5/5Good! (448 reviews)
"Central location, big apartment with good sized rooms and amenities"

Reviewed on 31 Jan. 2021

MCentral Apartments Manukau
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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