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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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Grand by SkyCity
The Grand by SkyCity
5 out of 5
90 Federal Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$246 per night from 27 Sep. to 28 Sep.

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! (1,359 reviews)

"Nice stay as usual, however the aircon thermostat didn't work and it was a hot night. Other than that lovely rooms and good location"…"

Reviewed on 3 Sep. 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$170 per night from 20 Sep. to 21 Sep.

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! (955 reviews)

"We stayed as a family. The check-in was efficient, room immaculate and spacious. Indoor spa and pool great for after a days excursions and beautifully maintained. Clean, modern and excellent kitchen and bathroom facilities. Close to inner city vibe, train and bus stations"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2020

Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
SkyCity Hotel
SkyCity Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
The price is NZ$186 per night from 27 Sep. to 28 Sep.

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)

"Everything was great apart from the casino as we have to wait for 1 hour in line and 30 minutes for a drink as it was the main purpose of our stay at the venue. But we made it up at the Viaduct which was a great experince."…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep. 2020

SkyCity Hotel

Popular places to visit in Auckland

Sky Tower
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Sky Tower

4.5/5(1,179 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.

Piha Beach
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Piha Beach

4.5/5(219 reviews)

Take to the black sand and rolling surf of Piha Beach for epic surfing and serene rainforest walks.

Auckland Zoo
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Auckland Zoo

4.5/5(340 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(962 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.

Rainbow's End
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Rainbow's End

4/5(163 reviews)

Get soaked on the log flume, take the plunge on the drop tower, or take the kids for a family day out. This theme park has something for everyone.

Viaduct Harbour
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Viaduct Harbour

4.5/5(1,190 reviews)

Day or night, this modern marina precinct is a great spot to dine along the waterfront, attend yachting events and learn about the region’s maritime heritage.

Top activities in Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

NZ$89
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Sky Tower Observation Admission Tickets
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Sky Tower Observation Admission Tickets

NZ$29
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Tour

NZ$459
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Small group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland
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Small group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

NZ$310
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Hobbiton Movie Set/Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip
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Hobbiton Movie Set/Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip

NZ$239
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Infinity Float Tank Experience for Couples
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Infinity Float Tank Experience for Couples

NZ$75
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Auckland

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1495
5 - Excellent 27.772617499535574%
4 - Good
2796
4 - Good 51.9412966747167%
3 - Okay
941
3 - Okay 17.480958573286273%
2 - Disappointing
109
2 - Disappointing 2.0248931822403864%
1 - Terrible
42
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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