Welcome to Auckland!

Otherwise known as the City of Sails, Auckland is a beautiful city built around a stunning waterfront and unspoiled harbour and rated as one of the world's Top Cities. With a population of about 1.5 million, it is also New Zealand's commercial centre.

Auckland is an exciting, ever changing city. Lively, sophisticated, cosmopolitan and multi-cultural it also offers an easy escape to beaches, parks, golf courses, bush and countryside within a very short journey.

See below for details on Auckland attractions and attractions further afield around New Zealand.

 

Auckland Attractions

Viaduct Basin and Wynyard Quarter 

Explore the vibrant Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter, where restaurants and bars line the waterfront, with a backdrop of sheltered waters and sleek super yachts. Take your pick from the excellent eateries, go dancing after dark or head out on a harbour adventure.  Discover the choice of restaurants and bars as well as activities for walking and families.   It’s only a 15 minute walk to the Viaduct Harbour / Wynyard Quarter from the Convention Centre.

Auckland Museum

Discover the fascinating history of the land and people of New Zealand at Auckland Museum. See the monumental carvings, buildings, canoes and taonga (treasures) of the country’s indigenous Maori people and experience one of the daily cultural performances. Visit the Museum’s website.

Mission Bay / St. Heliers Beach

Head to Mission Bay or St Heliers Beach and discover beautiful white-sand beaches and a vibrant beachfront promenade lined with stylish but relaxed eateries.

Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island is the ultimate island retreat and only a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Known as the island of wine for its many wineries and vineyards, a wine tasting or tour is a must. Enjoy a day trip or find accommodation and stay longer to really enjoy some of the fantastic activities on offer. Find out more about the vineyards, craft shops, beaches and walks.

Black sand beaches

Explore Auckland’s west coast black-sand beaches, a magnet for surfers, photographers and nature lovers. Visit Muriwai Beach to see the impressive clifftop gannet colonies or travel to nearby Bethells Beach to stroll the sand and explore the enormous sand dunes at Lake Wainamu. Down the coast is Piha, a popular surf beach watched over by majestic Lion Rock, and Karekare, made famous as a backdrop for the film The Piano and named the second best beach by Passport Magazine in 2017. Find out more about Auckland’s west coast beaches.

Woodhill Forest

Woodhill Forest is a stunning natural playground for adventure lovers. Tackle some of Auckland's best mountain biking trails or simply enjoy the scenery on a trail walk. Woodhill is great destination for activities all year round.

Sailing

Charter your own vessel or relax and enjoy the scenery and hospitality on-board one-day or overnight cruises around New Zealand’s marine reserves. Key destinations for a boating holiday in New Zealand are the Bay of Islands, Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf and offshore islands, Picton and the Marlborough Sounds, and the southern fiords; find out more here.  Find out more about sailing in New Zealand.

Golf

‘Kauri Cliffs’ is the North Island’s most acclaimed course - currently ranked #49 in Golf Digest’s World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses, this challenging yet stunning cliff-side par 72 course is located 3.5 hours north of Auckland. Within the Auckland region alone are over twenty courses, including PGA championship course Gulf Harbour, which is rated consistently within the top 5 in New Zealand.

New Zealand Destinations 

 

NORTH ISLAND

Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing our fascinating Maori culture.

The Coromandel, renowned for its pristine beaches, misty forests and laid-back vibe, is one of New Zealand’s most popular holiday destinations.

Taupo, a town near the centre of New Zealand's North Island, is distinguished by its lakefront setting and outdoor sports ranging from fishing to jet-boating.

Hobbiton - Experience the real Middle-earth in Matamata with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.

The Bay of Islands is a New Zealand enclave encompassing more than 140 subtropical islands by the country's North Island. It’s known for its undeveloped beaches, big-game fishing and Maori cultural artifacts.

SOUTH ISLAND

Queenstown is one of New Zealand's top visitor destinations. Set against the dramatic Southern Alps, the area is well known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards, and for adventure sports.

Canterbury stretches from ocean (Christchurch) to the Alps and is a land of plains and peaks. It is a place of variety and innumerable attractions.

Fiordland is one of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of New Zealand. Absorb the breathtaking treasures of this region by water, air or hiking.

Marlborough, located at the top of the South Island, Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region and the home of world renowned sauvignon blanc.

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