Founded in 1840 by British settlers on a Maori site, Auckland is a cosmopolitan city with a large Polynesian population. Situated within two large harbours, the City of Sails is a major city on New Zealand’s North Island.
The iconic Sky Tower underlines the city’s prosperity and self-confidence, and offers fabulous views of Viaduct Harbour, which is full of millionaire yachts and lined with cafes and bars. Indeed, Auckland boasts more boats per head than any other city in the world.
The port is surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, which are perfect for wild adventures. Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, is based around an extinct volcano and home to the formal Winter gardens. Dense rainforests, beautiful black-sand beaches and pretty bays add to the natural beauty of the place, and Mission Bay Beach, near the downtown area, has a wonderful seaside promenade. [ReadMore]
With its glittering high-rise developments and a delightful pier-side area brimming with tempting shops and restaurants, this modern metropolis is a joy to explore.
Tiritiri Matangi Island
The island of Tiritiri Matangi is a nature lover’s paradise and a must-see for anyone visiting New Zealand. Located an approximate 75 minute ferry ride from Auckland, the island is a wildlife sanctuary, home to a number of threatened and endangered birds and reptiles, including the flightless takahē – one of the world’s rarest bird species.
The Waitomo Caves are a natural wonder and one of the North Island’s most visited tourist attractions. Open to the public since the 1880s, the caves are home to thousands of glowworms native to New Zealand, which light up the dark caverns, providing an unforgettable experience for visitors.
New Zealand Wine
New Zealand is one of the world’s top wine producers, and no visit here would be complete without sampling a taste of the local wine. There are around 100 wineries and vineyards in Auckland, and it would take at least a few days for visitors to see them all.
Auckland War Memorial Museum
The Auckland War Memorial Museum is considered one of the best museums in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of the most important war memorials in New Zealand.