Auckland, New Zealand's largest population centre, is poised between two enormous harbors and dotted with extinct volcanic cones. The region is a fusion of four cities – Auckland, Manukau, North Shore and Waitakere – with cultural elements that span from Polynesia and Asia to the United Kingdom and even Eastern Europe. While Auckland often acts as the gateway to New Zealand, it's also a destination in its own right. Visitors can explore the islands of the Hauraki Gulf by ferry or charter boat, walk the forest tracks of the Waitakere Ranges, follow wine trails and enjoy the relaxing pleasures of urban life by the sea.
Places to Visit
- Listen to Exciting stories of the New Zealand, the pacific, its people at the Auckland Museum.
- If you're an animal lover, Auckland Zoo won't disappoint; it features New Zealand's largest collection of exotic and native wild animals.
- Oceans of things to see and do. Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World is a wonderland of snow, ice and amazing underwater sights.
- Incredible adventure park, Rainbows End - New Zealand's top, largest and friendliest theme parks.
- The Sky Tower is an excellent destination for a night out whether it's the casino or simply a romantic evening at Orbit.
- Amazing Views from Mount Eden, the tallest peak in the area.
- Climb the Mangere Mountain to enjoy the view of Manukau Harbour from this extinct volcano.
- Cruise Auckland Harbour.
- Mission Bay is only 10 minutes drive from Auckland City, which is itself a gorgeous location and a definite must-see for sight-seers.
- Cape Reinga, the 90 Mile Beach is the longest beach in New Zealand.
- Experience Coromandel Peninsula, a favorite holiday destination for many New Zealanders is associated with kauri logging, gold mining and stunning coastlines.
- Clustered in a natural harbor of clear, azure water, there are nearly 150 islands and countless coves and beaches that together, make up the aquatic playground of the Bay of Islands.