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Auckland

Travel Guide
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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.

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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 AU$109 per night from 2 Sep. to 2 Sep.
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! (1,813 reviews)
"Price and staff were great"

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2021

ibis budget Auckland Airport
SkyCity Hotel
SkyCity Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
The price is AU$226 per night from 5 Sep. to 5 Sep.
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! (1,477 reviews)
"Great staff"

Reviewed on 30 Jul. 2021

SkyCity Hotel
The Grand by SkyCity
The Grand by SkyCity
5 out of 5
90 Federal Street, Auckland
The price is AU$248 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 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! (1,232 reviews)
"Good central location. Plenty to do on your doorstep."

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 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.
Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
4.5 out of 5
40 Kitchener Street, Auckland
The price is AU$180 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is steps away from High Street and Queen Street Shopping District. University of Auckland ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,063 reviews)
"Always a great place to stay, I would highly recommend. Great service, easy & quick check in by the amazing staff, and the best spot right in the middle of town, and of course the best views. Thank you team, see you all again in November. Cheers, Mealofa"

Reviewed on 25 Jul. 2021

Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
4.5 out of 5
85-89 Custom St West, Auckland
The price is AU$208 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of La Cigale Market at Britomart, Auckland Ferry Terminal ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,182 reviews)
"Very central to viaduct and downtown Auckland."

Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2021

The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Barclay Suites
Barclay Suites
4.5 out of 5
74 Albert Street, Auckland
The price is AU$182 per night from 29 Aug. to 29 Aug.
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of SkyCity Casino, Sky Tower and Auckland Ferry Terminal. University ...
4.1/5Very Good! (3,130 reviews)
"Was a nice big room great location and price. Would recommend"

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2021

Barclay Suites
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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