With an irresistible combination of
magnificent natural scenery and a vibrant city lifestyle, Auckland is a place of
exciting contrasts and endless adventures.
Auckland is New Zealand's largest city
and main transport hub. Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an
hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. Add a
sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding
food, wine and shopping, and you’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland, our
largest and most diverse city.
More than just a city, Auckland is a whole region
full of things to see and do. Best of all, with so many experiences close by it’s easy
to hop from one adventure to the next.
A stunning natural playgroundAuckland’s
diverse landscapes provide countless opportunities to get immersed in nature. In the
west, lush native rainforest plunges down the hills to meet the sea on dramatic black
sand beaches, while the east’s sheltered golden sand beaches are fringed with
red-flowering pohutukawa trees. To the north the rolling hills of wine country meet
stunning coastlines and in the south you'll find picturesque country gardens, unspoilt
forest and tranquil bays to explore.
Shopping and diningAuckland is a
shopaholic's paradise, with everything from top-end designers to open air street
markets. Discover the diverse range of cafes and restaurants offering cuisine from
around the globe and check out the buzzing nightlife of the central city. Favourite
spots include Wynyard Quarter, the Viaduct Harbour, City Works Depot and the Britomart
Once you've seen the city, head out to one of Auckland's four distinct wine
districts where you can sample local wines against the backdrop of vine-covered hills
and sparkling ocean.
Hauraki Gulf and IslandsAuckland’s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park
encompasses an incredible 1.2 million hectares of coast, sea and islands – and
there are so many ways to explore it.
The jewel of the Hauraki Gulf is Waiheke
Island, a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves, farm land and golden beaches; and
only a 35-minute ferry ride away from downtown Auckland. Sip on award-winning wines at
some of the 30 boutique vineyards and wineries, enjoy fine dining and pick up superb
Make sure you get out on the water while you're here, whether it’s a
relaxing harbour cruise, a fishing charter, whale and dolphin spotting, kayaking or