It’s the gateway to New Zealand for many, but it’s more than just a transit point – take time to explore this beguiling city. Fast-paced by New Zealand standards, the nation’s biggest centre covers 500 square kilometres, making it larger, geographically speaking, than London. But, set on three sparkling harbours, draped over 48 volcanic cones and bordered by rainforest in the west, this city is unlike any other: a colourful, modern and multicultural Pacific centre.

Highlights

Waitemata Harbour Dotted with yachts and spanned by the Auckland Harbour Bridge, the harbour is a fitting backdrop for the ‘City of Sails’. Volcanic cones There are 48 volcanic cones dotted around Auckland – Mount Eden (Maungawhau), the Auckland Domain (Pukekawa) and One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie) all offer great city views. Hauraki Gulf islands From the wildlife sanctuary of Tiritiri Matangi and Rotoroa Island to Waiheke Island, with its wineries and beaches, the Hauraki Gulf Islands are a world apart a ferry ride from the city. The waterfront Auckland’s waterfront offers superb dining – the vibrant Viaduct Harbour’s marina setting lined with restaurants including the Britomart precinct’s hip restaurants, cafés and bars, and Wynyard Quarter’s modern eateries. West Coast beaches West of Auckland, just a short drive away through the rainforest-clad Waitakere Ranges, lie the ruggedly beautiful wild black-sand surf beaches of Piha and Muriwai. Sky Tower At 328 metres, Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower is the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. Take in 360-degree views from the observation deck, dare to walk around the top or brave a base-jump by wire.

Destinations

Auckland City Urban life in the nation’s biggest city. Waitakere Dramatic black-sand beaches and rainforest. Kumeu Wineries and market gardens. Piha West coast surf beach. Muriwai Wild black-sand beach. Orewa Bustling village on a beautiful golden beach. Waiwera Soak in the hot pools. Puhoi Living historic village. Warkworth Gateway to beaches and wineries. Matakana Wine country and white-sand beaches. Leigh Snorkel at a marine reserve. Waiheke Island Wineries and great beaches. Rangitoto Island Iconic volcanic cone. Kawau Island Quirky cultural history. Tiritiri Matangi Island Native bird sanctuary. Rotoroa Island Opened to the public in 2011 for the first time in 100 years.

Getting There and Around

Air Auckland International Airport has direct international flights from more than 35 destinations and domestic flights to most centres. Road Auckland is on SH 1 and has a comprehensive motorway system. Coach companies provide regular services. Local buses are frequent, operating out of a depot at Britomart Transport Centre in Queen Street. Auckland to Hamilton [126 km; 1 hr, 50 min] Auckland to Whangarei [165 km; 2 hr, 20 min] Auckland to Coromandel [168 km; 2 hr, 25 min] Auckland to Tauranga [205 km; 2 hr, 55 min] Auckland to Rotorua [234 km; 3 hr, 20 min] Auckland to Napier [421 km; 6 hr] Auckland to Wellington [658 km; 9 hr, 25 min] Rail TranzRail offers daily services to Wellington. There is a metropolitan rail service with its hub at Britomart. Ferry Services to Devonport, Hauraki Gulf Islands and other seaside suburbs depart from the waterfront at the foot of Queen Street. Refer to www.maxx.co.nz for full timetables for bus, rail and ferry.

Directory

MOTAT

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Voyager NZ Maritime Museum

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Sealink

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Auckland Explorer Bus

Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing with full commentary, visiting Auckland’s big 14 attractions including Auckland Museum, Parnell Village, Kelly Tarlton’s, waterfront, Mount Eden and Auckland Zoo. Buses leave every 30 minutes from…

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Pride of Auckland

The Pride of Auckland operates an impressive fleet of large, purpose-built yachts on the sheltered waters of Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour and is world-famous for its sailing and dining cruises. Join…

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Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World

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Helilink Limited

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Fullers Ferries & Island Tours Auckland

Discover Auckland Harbour and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf with Fullers. From central Auckland we operate sailings to Waiheke Island (plus scenic and vineyard tours on the island), to…

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Auckland Zoo

See the whole of New Zealand in one afternoon – visit Te Wao Nui, our New Zealand precinct. With over 60 native animal species, over 100 native plant species and…

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Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari

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Auckland Museum

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Auckland Jet Boat Tours

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America's Cup Sailing Experience

Join us for an unforgettable two-hour sail or a three-hour match race. Unique opportunity to participate as crew on an actual America’s Cup yacht. Take the helm, exert energy on…

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Auckland Bridge Climb & Bungy

The only way to experience Auckland Harbour Bridge by foot! Bridge Climb is a 1.5-hour guided tour with extensive commentary on this iconic landmark. Climb under, up and over while…

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Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

Auckland Art Gallery is New Zealand’s most inspiring visual arts experience. Enter between majestic Kauri columns to explore four floors of exhibitions, seven centuries of art and one of Auckland’s…

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360 Discovery

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The Quadrant Hotel Auckland

Auckland’s most stylish four-star hotel experience. Located in downtown Auckland – just a short walk from Vector Arena and the High and Queen Streets shopping district. The Quadrant Hotel features…

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Sudima Auckland Airport

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SkyCity Auckland

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Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland Airport

Located only three kilometres from Auckland Airport and situated in a quiet area off the flight path. 193 spacious rooms and suites. Licensed restaurant and bar, 24-hour room service, SKY…

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Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland City

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Emerald Inn

Takapuna’s best-kept secret is a beachside oasis. Superbly appointed suites nestled amongst subtropical gardens create the perfect setting. We have the best location on the North Shore – walk to…

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Amora Hotel Auckland

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