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AucklandNew Zealand

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

Auckland CBD showing cbd and street scenes

Auckland Central Business District

4/5Very Good!(4,890 area reviews)

The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of Auckland Central Business District. Make a stop by Sky Tower or Auckland Ferry Terminal while you're exploring the area.

Auckland Central Business District

Top hotels in Auckland

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Grand by SkyCity
The Grand by SkyCity
5 out of 5
90 Federal Street, Auckland
The price is AU$202 per night

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,402 reviews)

"The location and staff are fantastic. Beware the cost of house wines down at the bar though."…"

Reviewed on 6 Aug. 2020

The Grand by SkyCity
Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
4.5 out of 5
40 Kitchener Street, Auckland
The price is AU$156 per night

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is steps away from High Street and Queen Street Shopping District. University of ...

4.4/5Excellent! (944 reviews)

"We stayed as a family. The check-in was efficient, room immaculate and spacious. Indoor spa and pool great for after a days excursions and beautifully maintained. Clean, modern and excellent kitchen and bathroom facilities. Close to inner city vibe, train and bus stations"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2020

Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
SkyCity Hotel
SkyCity Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
The price is AU$187 per night

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from SkyCity Casino, Sky Tower and SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre. Queen Street ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,424 reviews)

"Great experience, friendly staff. Highly recommend"…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug. 2020

SkyCity Hotel

Popular places to visit in Auckland

Sky Tower
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Sky Tower

4.5/5(1,179 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.

Piha Beach
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Piha Beach

4.5/5(219 reviews)

A remote and idyllic beach where striking emerald cliffs and lush rainforests meet black sandy shores and clear blue waters.

Auckland Zoo
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Auckland Zoo

4.5/5(340 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(962 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.

Rainbow's End
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Rainbow's End

4/5(163 reviews)

A fun-filled theme with something for all the family including a log flume, an 18-storey drop ride as well as a corkscrew roller coaster.

Viaduct Harbour
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Viaduct Harbour

4.5/5(1,190 reviews)

Day or night, this modern marina precinct is a great spot to dine along the waterfront, attend yachting events and learn about the region’s maritime heritage.

Top activities in Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Tour

AU$428
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Hobbiton Movie Set/Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip
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Hobbiton Movie Set/Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip

AU$224
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Small group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland
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Small group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

AU$289
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Sky Tower Observation Admission Tickets
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Sky Tower Observation Admission Tickets

AU$27
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Waiheke Explorer Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Waiheke Explorer Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

AU$45
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Infinity Float Tank Experience for Couples
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Infinity Float Tank Experience for Couples

AU$70
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Auckland

4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1495
5 - Excellent 27.772617499535574%
4 - Good
2796
4 - Good 51.9412966747167%
3 - Okay
941
3 - Okay 17.480958573286273%
2 - Disappointing
109
2 - Disappointing 2.0248931822403864%
1 - Terrible
42
1 - Terrible 0.7802340702210663%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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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