Dubbed the “City of Sails”, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and is surrounded by two picturesque harbours. From its skyscrapers to its extinct volcanoes and yacht-filled harbours, Auckland’s landscape offers the best of both worlds.Auckland is also a gateway to many of the North Island’s unforgettable attractions.
Things to do in Auckland
From the hiking trails on the volcanic Rangitoto Island to the 16,000 hectares of forest and beaches at Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Auckland provides numerous outdoor adventures. Sport fans can watch the city’s local rugby and cricket teams, as well as the national All Blacks rugby team at Eden Park.
Auckland boasts plenty of family-friendly attractions. Get a bird’s-eye view from the Sky Tower, which also offers an adrenalin-pumping free fall experience. You can also interact with native animals at the Auckland Zoo or get a dose of culture at the Auckland Art Gallery.
Indulge in local cuisine at the waterfront Viaduct Harbour or beneath the fairy lights at Britomart, before shopping along Queen Street. Visit Mount Eden for the best sunset views of the city, a dormant volcano and the highest natural point in Auckland.
Travelling further afield offers a variety of sightseeing opportunities. Explore the emerald waters and world-class wineries on Waiheke Island, experience the natural wonder of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves or enter a world of fantasy at Hobbiton.
Auckland’s inner suburbs are easily explored on foot. The affordable Inner Link bus loops around the city centre, while trains, ferry and buses can be used for accessing the wider region. Those looking to keep fit can traverse the city on bike, while taxis and rental cars offer flexibility and late-night transport options.