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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, Auckland
The price is NZ$115 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
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! (1,834 reviews)
"Excellent. The breakfast venue was average more like a sport pub with poor food quality. Slso found it hard to fond information on he free shuttle from the ibis hotel website staff were extra friendly and helpful"

Reviewed on 25 Jul. 2021

ibis budget Auckland Airport
SkyCity Hotel
SkyCity Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
The price is NZ$254 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
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! (1,471 reviews)
"One of the staff members greets me on a first name basis because I’ve stayed there multiple times over the last few months"

Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2021

SkyCity Hotel
The Grand by SkyCity
The Grand by SkyCity
5 out of 5
90 Federal Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$280 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
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 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,244 reviews)
"Great stay and easy access to a range of options for food and entertainment! We are return customers and will definitely come back again!"

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 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.
Barrier Headquarters Main House. Unobstructed 270 Degree Views White Sandy Beach
Barrier Headquarters Main House. Unobstructed 270 Degree Views White Sandy Beach
Situated by the sea, this holiday home is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Medlands Beach and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Kaitoki Beach. Blind Bay and Awana Bay are also within ...
5/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Beautiful, relaxing with everything you need
"We enjoyed a relaxing 3 nights in this beautiful property. It was exactly as described, the unit was very well stocked and the view was amazing. A perfect getaway and a base to explore the island. Thank you! My only recommendation would be that having a high chair available would be helpful for ..."

Reviewed on 21 Jun. 2021

Barrier Headquarters Main House. Unobstructed 270 Degree Views White Sandy Beach
Pah Beach Bungalow, Tryphena
Pah Beach Bungalow, Tryphena
Situated on the waterfront, this holiday home is 3.9 mi (6.3 km) from Medlands Beach and within 12 miles (20 km) of Kaitoki Beach and Blind Bay. Awana Bay is ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (19 reviews)
Perfection
"Could not have asked for a better location, next to the pub, great coffee, and the greatest little market. The house was cozy with a great fireplace during the rainy winter evenings. We cooked dinners and were very comfortable. Such a nice stay!"

Reviewed on 2 Jul. 2021

Pah Beach Bungalow, Tryphena
Stunning Tryphena Harbour and Hauraki Gulf Views
Stunning Tryphena Harbour and Hauraki Gulf Views
Situated in Great Barrier Island, this condo is 4.1 mi (6.6 km) from Medlands Beach and within 12 miles (20 km) of Kaitoki Beach and Blind Bay. Awana Bay is ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (24 reviews)
Tryphena getaway
"Warm welcome on arrival with blazing fire. Accommodation basic but with everything you need. Close to Tryphena amenities."

Reviewed on 19 Jun. 2021

Stunning Tryphena Harbour and Hauraki Gulf Views
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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