Auckland - Voted in the top 10 cities to visit


 

Discover Auckland

Auckland is a place where big city style and stunning beauty go hand in hand – breathtaking scenery, world-class food and wine, sparkling harbours, island retreats, great shopping and spectacular arts and events.

Find out why Lonely Planet rated Auckland in its top 10 cities to travel to in 2014. One day you could be exploring the volcanic landscape of Rangitoto Island and then discovering the cascading waterfalls of the Waitakere Ranges. While the next day might see you sipping on award-winning wines at some of Waiheke Island’s 30 vineyards or sailing an America’s Cup yacht across Auckland’s harbour. With so many experiences so close by, it’s easy to experience what Auckland offers and hop from one adventure to the next.

Into the wild

With its sparkling harbours, emerald islands, volcanic cones, pristine beaches and hundreds of walking trails. Auckland’s diverse landscapes provide countless opportunities to be immersed in nature.

Take a ferry to Rangitoto Island, the youngest and largest of Auckland’s 48 volcanoes. Visit Tiritiri Matangi Island’s open wildlife sanctuary or see whales and dolphins at play in the pristine waters in the Hauraki Gulf. Explore more than 250 kilometres of walking and hiking tracks in the west’s Waitakere Ranges Regional Park just a 40 minute drive from downtown Auckland – join a guided tour that includes the rugged black sand surf beaches, or explore at your own pace. And don’t miss Muriwai Beach to see the huge cliff-top gannet colony.
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Thrill seekers

Auckland’s amazing natural setting makes it one big adventure playground. Get your heart pumping with SkyJump – New Zealand’s highest base jump – or the incredible SkyWalk, where you’ll walk around the exterior of the Sky Tower with nothing between you and the ground but a rope and a 1.2m wide platform – extreme sightseeing at its best.

Climb up, under and over the Auckland Harbour Bridge or take the plunge off the harbour bridge for another adrenaline rush with AJ Hackett Bungy.

Blast around the harbour on a high speed jet boat ride, go ziplining high above the trees on beautiful Waiheke Island, or experience the city sights on the back of a mighty Harley Davidson.

Food lovers

Five star cuisine, world-class food producers and chefs, and the freshest ingredients combine to create a food and wine lover’s paradise.

With three wine growing regions, you can sample internationally award-winning drops or dine at one of the excellent vineyard restaurants. Beautiful Waiheke Island is known as ‘the island of wine’, with some 30 boutique wineries and vineyards. Kumeu in the west has Auckland’s oldest established vineyards and to the north, Matakana’s boutique wineries are set amidst stunning scenery.

Back in the city choose from the array of restaurants in waterfront districts Wynyard Quarter and Viaduct Harbour, and discover the eclectic eateries and bars in the hip Britomart precinct. A behind-the-scenes guided tour is also a great way to discover the inner city’s best foodie spots, enjoying tastings as you go.
 

Water babies

There are so many ways to get out on the water, whether you’re after relaxation or exhilaration.

Kayak out to a nearby island or help sail an America’s Cup racing yacht. You can get as stuck in as you like – take the helm, get your pulse racing on the grinders – or simply sit back and enjoy.

Land a big one on a fishing charter – with great fishing spots so close, you could be reeling in a catch in no time – or unwind and see the sights with a relaxing dinner or coffee cruise on the magnificent Waitemata Harbour.

And with emerald islands dotting the Hauraki Gulf, a spot of island hopping is a must – find a golden sandy beach for a picnic or sip on award-winning boutique wines on beautiful Waiheke Island.


 

Auckland and Beyond:

Magical Glowworms

For a magical underground experience, drive south to Waitomo Caves, where the natural beauty of stalactites and stalagmites lit by the blue light of glowworms will take your breath away; or for those seeking more of an adrenalin rush, black water rafting and abseiling are not to be missed.

Waitomo is situated within easy reach of Auckland, at just over 2 hours drive.

The Coromandel

The Coromandel, with its pristine beaches, native forests and laid-back vibe, is one of New Zealand’s most popular and best-loved holiday destinations.
Activities and attractions are plentiful, from fishing, diving, surfing, hiking, cycling and kayaking.

Or simply sit and relax in a warm bubbling pool at Hot Water Beach where you can dig your own spa two hours either side of low tide. Don’t miss the spectacular Cathedral Cove, the jewel of a protected marine reserve.
Staying in the Coromandel is easy. Most of the accommodation providers have found themselves spectacular locations so whether your tastes are for the upmarket or the simple, you’ll find a room – or tent site – with an amazing view. It's just over an hour from Auckland airport.