AucklandNew Zealand

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Nature experiences abound in this city surrounded by harbors and rain forest. Go island hopping, dine out on the water or peer into the crater of a volcano.

Auckland is as much a gateway to a natural playground as it is an urban paradise, with museums, shopping and fine dining. The biggest city on New Zealand’s North Island has coast on one side and mountains on the other. Manukau Harbour is to the southwest, the Hauraki Gulf and its islands to the east, and the rain forest-covered Waitakere Ranges to the west. Take the glass elevator at the Sky Tower in downtown Auckland for a spectacular view of the cityscape, mountains and harbor from a height of 722 feet (220 meters).

Auckland is built on and around several extinct volcanoes. The suburb of Mount Eden is built on the side of a cinder-cone volcano. Climb to the top to look into the 164-foot (50-meter) deep crater. The gardens in Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, flourish in the volcanic soil and natural springs of the Pukekawa volcano. Learn about Auckland’s natural history, the culture of the Maori people, and local art and crafts in the Auckland War Memorial Museum, which is located on the highest point of the Domain.

Navigating Auckland is easy, with buses, trains and ferries servicing the downtown area. You can take the hop-on, hop-off Explorer Bus for commentary and sightseeing. Rent a car to venture out of the city.

There are 138 species of wildlife housed in the award-winning habitats of the Auckland Zoo. Catch a glimpse of the iconic kiwi and get up-close to rhinos, elephants, lions, cheetahs and primates.

Sailing boats and super yachts moor in Viaduct Harbour, home to the maritime museum and more than 30 bars and restaurants that line the water. Ferries leave from here for the islands in the Hauraki Gulf. Waiheke Island, a 40-minute ferry trip away, is a great place to hike, sample gourmet food and see stunning beaches.

Head to the hills behind Auckland to hike and camp in the wilderness. Many miles of trails wind through the rain forest and along the coast in the Waitakere Ranges. For serious “trampers,” as hikers are known in New Zealand, there’s the challenging 46-mile (75-kilometer) Hillary Trail, which includes three nights camping and four days tramping. Many visitors go for a day trip through the ranges by rental car or tour bus.

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Where to stay in Auckland

Auckland CBD which includes city views and street scenes

Auckland Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(966 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
Auckland Domain showing a garden

Parnell

4.5/5Wonderful!(35 area reviews)

Parnell is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Auckland War Memorial Museum or Auckland Domain.

Parnell
Mt. Eden which includes a skyscraper, cbd and a city

Mount Eden

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)

Unique features of Mount Eden include the bars and shopping. Make a stop by Mt. Eden or Eden Park while you're exploring the area.

Mount Eden
Known as Spaghetti Junction multiple roads lead in and out of the centre of Auckland. Great for a shot during Blue hour. #ontheroad
trover photo by Michael S

Grey Lynn

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Restaurants, spas, and shopping are some highlights of Grey Lynn. Make a stop by Ponsonby Road or Artstation while you're exploring.

Grey Lynn
Mt. Eden which includes a city

Mount Albert

You'll enjoy the restaurants and monuments in Mount Albert. You might want to make time for a stop at Westfield St. Luke's Shopping Centre or St Mary's Cathedral.

Mount Albert
Mount Eden Auckland, New Zealand 
trover photo by Nayika's footprints

Newton

4/5Very Good!(222 area reviews)

Newton is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Queen Street Shopping District and Karangahape Road while you're in town.

Newton

Top Hotels in Auckland

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
5 out of 5
83 Symonds Street, Box 2771, Auckland
$138
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Newton, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Karangahape Road and Queen Street Shopping District. Auckland City Hospital and The Civic are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,042 reviews)

"Free upgrade was really appreciated. Check-in staff were friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
Novotel Auckland Airport
Novotel Auckland Airport
4.5 out of 5
Ray Emery Drive, Mangere
$147
per night
Feb 22 - Feb 23

Situated in Mangere, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Butterfly Creek and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Villa Maria Estate. Rainbow's End and Otuataua Stonefields ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,046 reviews)

"Very adequate airport hotel, no problems for an overnight stay, no breakfast"…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Novotel Auckland Airport
Grand Millennium Auckland
Grand Millennium Auckland
4.5 out of 5
71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland
$127
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Aotea Centre and Queen Street Shopping District. Sky Tower and The Civic ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (3,419 reviews)

"Wonderful stay at hotel. Great sized rooms and facilities. Our Auckland place!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

Grand Millennium Auckland

Popular things to do in Auckland

Sky Tower
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Sky Tower

4.5/5(516 reviews)

Enjoy fine dining in a rotating restaurant, dive off the tower on a cable-controlled jump or simply enjoy the views from New Zealand’s tallest tower.

Auckland Zoo
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Auckland Zoo

4.5/5(101 reviews)

Encounter rare and endangered species from New Zealand and across the globe, including the pygmy marmoset and the huge white rhino.

Auckland Ferry Terminal
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Auckland Ferry Terminal

4.5/5(419 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.

Piha Beach
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Piha Beach

4.5/5(114 reviews)

Clear waters, rolling surf and black sand shores are surrounded by emerald cliffs and sub-tropical rain forest at this remote beach.

Rainbow's End
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Rainbow's End

4/5(17 reviews)

Get drenched on a log flume, dry out on an 18-story drop ride and test your limits on a corkscrew roller coaster at this theme park.

University of Auckland
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University of Auckland

4.5/5(170 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe with a visit to University of Auckland, a well-known college in Auckland. Visit the area's shops or amble around its beautiful beaches.

Top activities in Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

$54

Step into the world of Middle-earth, the Shire, and Hobbiton as you head to the movie set where acclaimed director Peter Jackson brought J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved books to life. Find out how this once-sleepy sheep farm was turned into a movie set and take an up-close look at real sets and props.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Boat Tour
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Boat Tour

$35

Venture inside the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and enter a magical world shimmering with thousands of tiny glowworms. After discovering the incredible acoustic properties of the chamber known as the Cathedral, board a boat and glide beneath a dazzling ceiling illuminated by living lights.

Auckland - Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Ticket
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Auckland - Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Ticket

$16

Explore Auckland in a day at your own leisure with a 24-hour hop on hop off pass. Climb aboard your Auckland sightseeing bus, cruising through downtown districts and quaint suburbs as you listen to informative commentary about Auckland history and culture from your knowledgeable driver guide.

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium Tickets
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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium Tickets

$24

Connect with the underwater world at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium featuring 13-themed zones, 30 live animal displays, and more than 80 marine species. Designed by renowned diver and all-around adventurer, Kelly Tarlton.

Wilderness Experience Half-Day Tour
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Wilderness Experience Half-Day Tour

$106

Travel from central Auckland to its close-by natural beauty, the Waitakere Ranges Regional Parklands. Experience everything from lush rainforests to beaches with black sand on this guided afternoon tour. Start your journey with a pickup from your hotel and leave downtown Auckland behind you.

Waitomo Caves Adventure from Auckland or Rotorua
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Waitomo Caves Adventure from Auckland or Rotorua

$222

Itinerary Select from the options to choose your choice of caving adventure - We will book and pay for your activity plus provide return or onward transport. You may start or finish this tour in Auckland or Rotorua and you can use the tour to also tr

Reviews of Auckland

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.951807228915663%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 18, 2020

Great and diverse food options

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 14, 2020

Right now there is construction everywhere trying to get ready for the America’s cup next year. Bit noisy.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 12, 2020

Exceptional friendly city. Good food, safe clean.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 11, 2020

We used a tour guide and that was helpful to get oriented to the city and surrounding area. We visited Soljans winery for lunch and that was very good.

5/5 - Excellent

Rob

Feb 10, 2020

Great town and vibe. Lots of construction right now but they're quite open and accessible.

4/5 - Good

DougSpee

Feb 10, 2020

Great city to visit with easy airport access. Great variety of sports and concert events.

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