Visit Auckland

Auckland is considered by many as one of the luckiest little cities in the world.

From world-class shopping to two coastlines of spectacular beaches, fantastic food and wine, art, culture and adventure, accommodation to suit all budgets, and the Hauraki Gulf and the islands right there on its doorstep… it’s that and more.

Urban style and spectacular landscapes go hand in hand in New Zealand’s largest city, and host city of EQUITANA Auckland. It’s a whole region waiting to be explored, and with so many experiences so close by in Auckland, it’s easy to hop from one adventure to the next.

Where to start?

No mission in Auckland would be right without a pit stop at one of the many cafés and restaurants. Dine on seasonal delicacies from around New Zealand and sip on that perfect coffee or award-winning wine. Some foodie precincts to get you started include Britomart, Federal Street, Wynyard Quarter and Ponsonby.

If it is adventure you seek, then the world is your oyster. Climb an inner city volcano – and there are a number to choose from, head out on an America’s Cup yacht, kayak to a nearby island, charter a boat and go fishing or join a whale and dolphin safari.

It’s easy to get to the nearby islands by ferry too – take your pick from wildlife sanctuaries, the island of wine or a 600 year old volcano. Waiheke Island is just a 35 minute ferry away, with vineyards, olive groves and beaches to explore.

There are hundreds of beaches to choose from around Auckland – from rugged black sand beaches on the west coast to the calm golden bays of the east coast, discover your favourite one to surf, paddleboard, walk or just relax.

Time to start planning your itinerary?

What about these for starters…

  • try walking tracks for every fitness level in the lush Waitakere Ranges
  • jump off the Sky Tower – or if that’s a little too game, walk around the platform at SkyWalk
  • bungy jump off the Auckland Harbour Bridge
  • listen to the birdsong at Tiritiri Matangi Island
  • snorkel and dive at Goat Island Marine Reserve
  • visit the town of Matakana for delicious local produce, wine and art
  • ferry or kayak to the magnificent Rangitoto Island, a dormant volcano
  • visit one of the many museums and galleries, including the Auckland Museum, the Auckland Art Gallery or the New Zealand Maritime Museum
  • visit Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium
  • shop and dine at one of the trendy central suburbs such as Parnell, Ponsonby or Newmarket

For the full scoop on what you can do in Auckland, head to www.aucklandnz.com and be amazed.

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