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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

Heritage Auckland
Heritage Auckland
4.5 out of 5
35 Hobson Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$200 per night from 21 Dec. to 22 Dec.

This family-friendly Auckland hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps away from SkyCity Casino and Sky Tower. SKYCITY Auckland Convention ...

4.2/5Excellent! (992 reviews)

"is perfect for a stay in cbd , old school tap showers with seperate holdcold tap , needs few charging station or ports for easy charging in room ..otherwise location, facilities are good"…"

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2020

Heritage Auckland
Hilton Auckland
Hilton Auckland
5 out of 5
Princes Wharf 147 Quay Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$260 per night from 8 Dec. to 9 Dec.

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from New Zealand National Maritime Museum and Princes Wharf. Auckland Ferry Terminal ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (982 reviews)

"Great hotel and location, yet paid over $450 for one night and was still expected to pay for wifi ...which I can get free at the local Mall. Very disappointing aspect of the stay."…"

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2020

Hilton Auckland
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$220 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

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! (529 reviews)

"Beautiful room with really high ceilings which made the space feel so much bigger. Lovely staff! Wish we had stayed longer"…"

Reviewed on 27 Nov. 2020

Hotel Grand Windsor MGallery by Sofitel
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Holiday Rentals in Auckland

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 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

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! (997 reviews)

"Came up from Wellington for a special birthday getaway. Beautiful 180 deg view from our balcony on the 27th floor, Albert Park to Sky city tower. It really made our stay. Love all the eateries just down stairs from the hotel. The best location for walking around and exploring!! Comfortable bed and ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Nov. 2020

Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
Auckland Harbour Suites
Auckland Harbour Suites
3.5 out of 5
16 Gore Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$129 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

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! (2,459 reviews)

"A good hotel but I didnt like the surprise bond, I thought that was very rude. Also the lack of temporary carparks to use before check in was tough."…"

Reviewed on 7 Aug. 2020

Auckland Harbour Suites
Haka Hotel Suites – Auckland City
Haka Hotel Suites – Auckland City
4 out of 5
2 Day Street, Auckland, Auckland
The price is NZ$139 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

Located in Newton, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Karangahape Road and Queen Street Shopping District. Sky Tower and Aotea Centre are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (705 reviews)

"Great central location Comfortable well appointed room"…"

Reviewed on 9 Nov. 2020

Haka Hotel Suites – Auckland City
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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