New Zealand’s largest city is a vibrant, modern, international centre set in a stunning environment of glistening harbours, lush rainforest, islands, volcanoes, sheltered bays and surf beaches.

Auckland is proud of its aquatic heritage. It was an America’s Cup venue, and has a boat ownership ratio of one craft for every 11 citizens. The city has a fascinating mix of theatre, art, fashion and culture and can claim to be the largest Polynesian city in the Pacific. Auckland’s wonderful outdoor lifestyle ranks among the best in the world and it can offer the visitor some great holiday experiences as outlined below:-

Begin with a drive up Mt Eden and One Tree Hill
These two extinct volcanoes were once Maori strongholds (pa), and they offer views of the entire city, two harbours and Hauraki Gulf.

Take the ride up to the Skytower observation deck
Absorb the bird’s eye view of the downtown area and Waitemata Harbour.

Walk to Aotea Square in Upper Queen Street
Have a look at the Aotea Centre atrium and the nearby Entertainment Centre.

Stroll down to the busy waterfront at Hobson Wharf
Visit the National Maritime Museum and the trendy bars and cafes at the Viaduct Basin.

Wander along to the Victoria Park Market
Browse through the 50 stalls and boutique shops.

Visit Parnell Village shopping centre
Enjoy this fascinating collection of colonial-style craft and fashion shops and the nearby Rose Garden.

Visit the Auckland Domain
Admire the Winter Garden, Tropical Hothouse and the outstanding Auckland Museum.

Visit the TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre
View contemporary NZ art from the Wallace Arts Trust Collection at the historical Pah Homestead and identify rare exotic trees in Monte Cecilia Park.

Follow the North West Motorway to Western Springs
Stroll around the lake, visit the zoo and the Museum of Transport and Technology

Take the ferry across the harbour to Devonport
Savour the colonial village atmosphere, art and craft galleries and views from Mt Victoria and North Head.

Catch the fast ferry to beautiful Waiheke Island
See the colourful island craft shops, vineyards and beaches.

Cruise over to Rangitoto Island, Auckland‘s newest volcano
Walk to the summit crater for the best possible city and harbour views.

Drive to Kelly Tarlton’s and Mission Bay
Be entertained by the underwater world of fish, sharks and penguins and enjoy a cafe lunch.

Spend some pleasant hours at Rainbow’s End in Manukau City
There are thrills aplenty in New Zealand’s best-known adventure park.

Drive north to either Parakai or Waiwera thermal areas
Immerse yourself in the hot pools and hydro-slides.

Head west to the Waitakere Ranges
While away some time at the Arataki Visitor Centre and take in breathtaking rainforest and harbour views.

Drive out to the ocean beaches of Piha, Karekare, Bethells and Muriwai
Explore the rugged headlands and get a close-up view of the Muriwai gannet colony.

Take some snorkelling gear up to Goat Island near Leigh
Dive among myriad fish species in this colourful marine reserve.

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