Rated as one of the most livable cities in the world, Auckland is an exhilarating mix of natural wonders and urban adventures with 48 volcanic cones, over 50 islands and 29,000km of coastline and beaches just minutes away from the arts and shopping of the central city. Home to a third of all Kiwis, Auckland is a multicultural city with a wide selection of bars, boutiques, restaurants and a bubbling nightlife.
Auckland, also nicknamed “The City of Sails”, derived from its reputation to have one of the best sailing harbours in the world, offers the perfect balance between urban lifestyle and active outdoor opportunities.
It is the largest urban city in New Zealand, home to the largest Polynesian population in the world. The Māori-language name for it is Tāmaki or Tāmaki-makau-rau, meaning “Tāmaki with a hundred lovers”. That is, because it was fought over for centuries. The volcanic hills were easily defendable lookouts and when Europeans in the 19th century settled in the area and had to defend it, they also made use of the volcanic hills.
Auckland is the point of arrival for most visitors, so a stop at one of the monuments, museums and art galleries should be on everyone’s to-do list. Don’t forget to check out the fine sand beaches and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, which provide a taste of New Zealand’s spectacular national parks.
The Sky Tower is New Zealand’s highest building and gives you a perfect panorama outlook over the city. This is a place for fine diners, fearless bungee jumpers and for those wanting to catch the best panorama over the city.
And while you are there, visit at least few of their many restaurants that serve excellent, locally sourced food and excellent craft beer and wine.
Auckland has a wide range of attractions, which include, but are not limited to, the tallest free-standing building in the Southern Hemisphere, fine museums and art galleries, volcanos, parks and more!