AucklandNew Zealand

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A city surrounded by natural wonders, Auckland is perfect for all kinds of adventures, from eating out on the water, to going on safari to peeking inside a volcano.

The biggest city on New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland is more than just a stunning metropolis with great places to explore, shop and eat. It’s also a great base from which to discover the captivating natural landscape of the wider region, with a beautiful pristine coastline on one side of the city and mountains on the other.

To the south-west of Auckland, you’ll find the Hauraki Gulf, while to the west you can explore the rainforest of the Waitakere Ranges. Head for downtown Auckland’s Sky Tower and take a glass lift ride to the top so you can see it all for yourself from 220 metres above the ground.

Built on a range of extinct volcanoes, Auckland offers so much for visitors to explore. The suburb of Mount Eden lies on one side of a cinder-cone volcano; you can climb up the mountain to look down into its 50-metre-deep crater. The region’s volcanic soil, as well as the natural springs of the Pukekawa volcano, provide a great location for the flowers and greenery to flourish in the city’s oldest park, Auckland Domain.

At the Domain’s highest point, you’ll find the Auckland War Memorial Museum where you can learn more about the natural history of the region as well as the heritage of the Maori people. Take a trip elsewhere to the Auckland Zoo to see the iconic kiwi, as well as the many other kinds of animals among the 138 species of wildlife housed in its habitats.

At Viaduct Harbour you’ll see vessels large and small sailing on the water, with ferries departing here through the day for the islands in the Hauraki Gulf. From here, you can head to Waiheke Island just 40 minutes away (a great destination for hiking), enjoy some time on the beach, or sample some of the great food on offer.

Meanwhile, on the rising hills behind Auckland, you can explore miles of rainforest and coastal trails in the Waitakere Ranges, and get to camp out in the wilderness. If you’re a keen ‘tramper’ (as the New Zealanders call hikers), try the tough Hilary Trail which stretches for 75 kilometres and will give you a good four days’ walking. For a more sedate voyage, take a day trip through the ranges by car or bus.

It is easy to get around Auckland with buses, trains and ferries all available around the downtown area. The Explorer Bus is a great choice if you want to find out more about the sights of the city. Or if you want to go a little further afield, you can hire a car too.

Auckland Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Auckland

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Auckland Central Business District

4/5Very Good!(4,494 area reviews)

Auckland Central Business District

Top hotels in Auckland

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
5 out of 5
83 Symonds Street, Box 2771, Auckland
AU$238
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Newton, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Karangahape Road and Queen Street Shopping District. Auckland City Hospital and The Civic are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,042 reviews)

"Free upgrade was really appreciated. Check-in staff were friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb. 2020

Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
Novotel Auckland Airport
Novotel Auckland Airport
4.5 out of 5
Ray Emery Drive, Mangere
AU$252
per night
Feb 22 - Feb 23

Situated in Mangere, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Butterfly Creek and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Villa Maria Estate. Rainbow's End and Otuataua Stonefields ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,046 reviews)

"Very adequate airport hotel, no problems for an overnight stay, no breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb. 2020

Novotel Auckland Airport
Grand Millennium Auckland
Grand Millennium Auckland
4.5 out of 5
71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland
AU$217
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Aotea Centre and Queen Street Shopping District. Sky Tower and The Civic ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (3,421 reviews)

"Wonderful stay at hotel. Great sized rooms and facilities. Our Auckland place!"…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb. 2020

Grand Millennium Auckland

Popular activities in Auckland

Sky Tower
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Sky Tower

4.5/5(1,134 reviews)

Gaze at the view across Auckland from the top of New Zealand’s tallest tower while dining in a rotating restaurant, or take a dive in a cable-controlled jump.

Auckland Zoo
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Auckland Zoo

4.5/5(326 reviews)

The pygmy marmoset and the massive white rhino are among the rare wildlife you’ll find here, along with species from across New Zealand and beyond.

Auckland Ferry Terminal
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Auckland Ferry Terminal

4/5(892 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.

Top activities in Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

AU$81

Step into the world of Middle-earth, the Shire, and Hobbiton as you head to the movie set where acclaimed director Peter Jackson brought J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved books to life. Find out how this once-sleepy sheep farm was turned into a movie set and take an up-close look at real sets and props.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Boat Tour
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Boat Tour

AU$53

Venture inside the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and enter a magical world shimmering with thousands of tiny glowworms. After discovering the incredible acoustic properties of the chamber known as the Cathedral, board a boat and glide beneath a dazzling ceiling illuminated by living lights.

Auckland - Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Ticket
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Auckland - Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Ticket

AU$24

Explore Auckland in a day at your own leisure with a 24-hour hop on hop off pass. Climb aboard your Auckland sightseeing bus, cruising through downtown districts and quaint suburbs as you listen to informative commentary about Auckland history and culture from your knowledgeable driver guide.

Auckland Museum General Admission Tickets
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Auckland Museum General Admission Tickets

AU$24

Immerse yourself in the splendors of New Zealand at the Auckland Museum. Housed in one of New Zealand's most prominent historic buildings, the Auckland Museum brings together stories of the city, the country of New Zealand, and their place in the Pacific region.

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium Tickets
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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium Tickets

AU$36

Connect with the underwater world at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium featuring 13-themed zones, 30 live animal displays, and more than 80 marine species. Designed by renowned diver and all-around adventurer, Kelly Tarlton.

Package 2 Hour Body Scrub & Aromatherapy Massage
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Package 2 Hour Body Scrub & Aromatherapy Massage

AU$172

The Siri body scrub treatment uses a unique blend of high quality exfoliating ingredients designed to cleanse, eliminates cellulite, fades dark spots and remove dead skin.

Reviews of Auckland

4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1384
5 - Excellent 28.078717792655713%
4 - Good
2554
4 - Good 51.81578413471292%
3 - Okay
855
3 - Okay 17.346317711503346%
2 - Disappointing
101
2 - Disappointing 2.0490971799553663%
1 - Terrible
35
1 - Terrible 0.7100831811726517%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 18, 2020

Rather busy

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 18, 2020

I don't love Auckland as a city & we were in and out really. Britomart was good for shopping & interest. Mr murdochs was cheap and nice to eat/drink. Loved being driven round by electric bicycle through the viaduct.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 18, 2020

always a busy place

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 17, 2020

Went to Meatstock. Had lovely Thai diner at Le Grand Thai on Great Sourh Road Epsom

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 16, 2020

When construction is finished, it will be better

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Feb 16, 2020

Lots of road works around the city, especially down in the wharf area. It is a total mess.

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