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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

Top hotels in Auckland

SkyCity Hotel
SkyCity Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
The price is NZ$220 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.

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! (1,452 reviews)

"The hotel room was very clean and fairly modern. Would recommend and stay again"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2021

SkyCity Hotel
Hotel Grand Windsor MGallery by Sofitel
Hotel Grand Windsor MGallery by Sofitel
5 out of 5
58-60 Queen Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$191 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from La Cigale Market at Britomart, Queen Street Shopping District and Britomart ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (561 reviews)

"Stylish, well presented, clean room Check-in process was far too long and complicated"…"

Reviewed on 15 Jan. 2021

Hotel Grand Windsor MGallery by Sofitel
Hilton Auckland
Hilton Auckland
5 out of 5
Princes Wharf 147 Quay Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$224 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Auckland Ferry Terminal, Viaduct Harbour and SkyCity Casino. Sky ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (994 reviews)

"Just a great set up & location Staff were all friendly & obliging We will be only staying at Hilton from now on"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2021

Hilton Auckland
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

Auckland Harbour Suites
Auckland Harbour Suites
3.5 out of 5
16 Gore Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$125 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

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! (2,472 reviews)

"Great location and excellent staff service. Clean and freash, fantastic views. Getting to the carpark is stressful and difficult for first time people unfamiliar with Auckland parking. If you dont have a car or come from a big city it wont bother you because everything else is great."…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2020

Auckland Harbour Suites
Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
4.5 out of 5
40 Kitchener Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$170 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

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! (1,009 reviews)

"Love how the apartment had a bath and shower and everything else we needed! Will deffs be booking in with Avani again! 😁👌"…"

Reviewed on 25 Dec. 2020

Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
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 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

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

4.3/5Excellent! (1,177 reviews)

"Easy to find good location to the city centre eateries close by good view from room"…"

Reviewed on 24 Dec. 2020

The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
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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