Auckland, New Zealand

Visit Auckland and enjoy one of the sunniest and warmest parts of New Zealand. It’s known for its gorgeous green parks, museums and monuments, while and providing a pleasant climate for locals and travellers alike. They make the most of the culinary delights with numerous food and wine festivals throughout the year. 

As Auckland is on the coast of the South Pacific it offers diverse beaches which range from pristine white-sand to dark volcanic sand. The city’s most recognisable icon is the 328-metre (1,076-foot) Sky Tower, which rises above the canopy of the skyline. 

You can take a range of adventurous tours such as canyoning and hiking. You can even take a Lord of the Rings tours that take in locations from the film, including the now-famous Hobbiton where you can relax on the lawns or in the gardens of Albert Park, which lies in the centre of the city and is home to an art gallery. Spend the afternoon at Auckland Domain, one of the largest and oldest parks in the city. 

For a touch of history explore the Auckland War Memorial Museum in the park. Here you can see Peruse Māori and Pacific Island relics and learn about the island’s indigenous population. You can look down on the rest of the city from its highest peak at Mount Eden.

For a change of scenery, make your way to the numerous beach fronts on offer. Splash in the waves at the popular west coast surfing area, Piha Beach. Spot exotic birds, pick shells and build castles in the dark volcanic sand. This beach is part of the Waitakere Ranges, which covers a diverse terrain. Look for rare and unusual animals, such as glow worms and long-tailed bats.

At the nearby coastal town of Bethells Beach you can explore caves, sand dunes and lovely views. For a more relaxing experience, try Palm Beach, which sits on the edge of Waiheke Island, to the east of the city. Sunbathe and paddle in the calm water with your family. You can also search through nature reserves, museums and a sculpture park on the picturesque island.

Looking for family activities? You can take the kids to the country’s largest theme park, Rainbow’s End. Pluck up enough courage for the thrilling StratosFEAR ride, try the log flume and invade the Kidz Kingdom. Another great option for the kids is the Auckland Zoo where they can wave at hippos, orang-utans and tigers.

Cars and buses are the popular modes of transport around the city. Auckland Airport is 21 kilometres (13 miles) south of the city centre.

Auckland is a city surrounded by extraordinary natural beauty, from volcanic sand beaches to islands and parks. Bring friends and family to enjoy a spectacular holiday.


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