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Auckland
Travel Guide

Sky Tower which includes a high-rise building, a city and city views

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.

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Where to stay in Auckland

SkyCity Hotel
SkyCity Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
The price is AU$220 per night from 30 May to 30 May
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! (1,426 reviews)
"VIP upgrade was absolutely fantastic as the room enabled us to do client presentations in the formal sitting area. Fabulous and many thanks we will use Sky City from now on for all our client visits in Auckland if we can have the same access to the same type of room."

Reviewed on 12 May 2021

SkyCity Hotel
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
5 out of 5
83 Symonds Street, Box 2771, Auckland
The price is AU$212 per night from 30 May to 30 May
Located in Newton, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Karangahape Road and Queen Street Shopping District. University of Auckland and Auckland City ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,290 reviews)
"Always wanted to stay here, enjoying the experience. Awesome facilities, especially free shuttle to get to downtown. Yet to experience the breakfast which we will go to soon."

Reviewed on 8 May 2021

Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
QT Auckland
QT Auckland
5 out of 5
4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$274 per night from 8 Jun. to 8 Jun.
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Viaduct Harbour, Victoria Park and SkyCity Casino. Sky Tower and Princes ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (29 reviews)
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Reviewed on 10 May 2021

QT Auckland
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.
Quest Highbrook
Quest Highbrook
4 out of 5
60 Highbrook Drive, The Crossings, East Tamaki
The price is AU$133 per night from 30 May to 30 May
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Sylvia Park, Rainbow's End and Half Moon Bay Marina. Mt. Smart Stadium and Sky Tower ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (351 reviews)
"Very well appointed rooms with all amenities, clean and tidy"

Reviewed on 27 Apr. 2021

Quest Highbrook
Park Hotel
Park Hotel
4 out of 5
2 Day Street, Auckland, Auckland
The price is AU$129 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Newton, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Karangahape Road and Queen Street Shopping District. Sky Tower and Aotea Centre are also within ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (745 reviews)
"Only thing that wasn't great was the distance you have to go to park your car as well as the costs"

Reviewed on 22 Apr. 2021

Park Hotel
MCentral Apartments Manukau
MCentral Apartments Manukau
4 out of 5
17 Putney Way, Manukau City
The price is AU$148 per night from 13 May to 13 May
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Westfield Manukau City Shopping Centre and Rainbow's End. Papatoetoe Old Railway Station ...
3.5/5Good! (446 reviews)
"Central location, big apartment with good sized rooms and amenities"

Reviewed on 31 Jan. 2021

MCentral Apartments Manukau
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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Reviews of Auckland

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3/5 - Okay

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3 Jun. 2020

Queen street was closed for roadworks while we were there

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

1 Jun. 2020

there are too many road works, unfinished buildings to make the general environment pleasant to be in

4/5 - Good

Bruce

1 Jun. 2020

The road works and parking currently in Auckland are terrible. Roadworks in particular are poorly managed and sineage for redirection of traffic is almost non existant.

3/5 - Okay

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31 May 2020

Nice place to stay but room smelt like piss he whole time being there!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 May 2020

Too busy.... on the road.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 May 2020

Bus drivers are crazy!

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