Auckland

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Nature experiences abound in this city surrounded by harbors and rain forest. Go island hopping, dine out on the water or peer into the crater of a volcano.

Auckland is as much a gateway to a natural playground as it is an urban paradise, with museums, shopping and fine dining. The biggest city on New Zealand’s North Island has coast on one side and mountains on the other. Manukau Harbour is to the southwest, the Hauraki Gulf and its islands to the east, and the rain forest-covered Waitakere Ranges to the west. Take the glass elevator at the Sky Tower in downtown Auckland for a spectacular view of the cityscape, mountains and harbor from a height of 722 feet (220 meters).

Auckland is built on and around several extinct volcanoes. The suburb of Mount Eden is built on the side of a cinder-cone volcano. Climb to the top to look into the 164-foot (50-meter) deep crater. The gardens in Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, flourish in the volcanic soil and natural springs of the Pukekawa volcano. Learn about Auckland’s natural history, the culture of the Maori people, and local art and crafts in the Auckland War Memorial Museum, which is located on the highest point of the Domain.

Navigating Auckland is easy, with buses, trains and ferries servicing the downtown area. You can take the hop-on, hop-off Explorer Bus for commentary and sightseeing. Rent a car to venture out of the city.

There are 138 species of wildlife housed in the award-winning habitats of the Auckland Zoo. Catch a glimpse of the iconic kiwi and get up-close to rhinos, elephants, lions, cheetahs and primates.

Sailing boats and super yachts moor in Viaduct Harbour, home to the maritime museum and more than 30 bars and restaurants that line the water. Ferries leave from here for the islands in the Hauraki Gulf. Waiheke Island, a 40-minute ferry trip away, is a great place to hike, sample gourmet food and see stunning beaches.

Head to the hills behind Auckland to hike and camp in the wilderness. Many miles of trails wind through the rain forest and along the coast in the Waitakere Ranges. For serious “trampers,” as hikers are known in New Zealand, there’s the challenging 46-mile (75-kilometer) Hillary Trail, which includes three nights camping and four days tramping. Many visitors go for a day trip through the ranges by rental car or tour bus.

Auckland Travel Guide Video

Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
4.5 out of 5
40 Kitchener Street, Auckland
The price is ¥11,978 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of High Street and Sky Tower. Viaduct Harbour and Spark Arena ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,098 reviews)
"Quick check in and check out with friendly service. Also good sized rooms and easy access to the pool big enough to have your own space"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2022

Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
Hilton Auckland
Hilton Auckland
5 out of 5
Princes Wharf 147 Quay Street, Auckland
Fully refundable
The price is ¥18,134 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Auckland Ferry Terminal and Commercial Bay. Viaduct Harbour and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (986 reviews)
"I thought the greeting at the main entrance of the hotel was a nice touch. The staff were professional and friendly."

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2022

Hilton Auckland
SkyCity Hotel
SkyCity Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
The price is ¥14,271 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from SkyCity Casino and Sky Tower. University of Auckland and Viaduct Harbour are also ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,290 reviews)
"Room was excellent very clean,quite and beds were very comfortable.Breakfast was dissapointing not enough options,cereals had very little fruit to go with it,no pancakes and very basic hot food."

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2022

SkyCity Hotel
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Auckland Harbour Suites
Auckland Harbour Suites
3.5 out of 5
16 Gore Street, Auckland
The price is ¥8,698 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of University of Auckland, Sky Tower, and Spark Arena. Viaduct ...
3.7/5 Good! (2,487 reviews)
"The only thing that I want to mention that they have to be more clear about parking issues also using the facility like the swimming pool is not allowed for the guest. The view was totally different from the advertising pic. Thanks"

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2022

Auckland Harbour Suites
Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
4.5 out of 5
40 Kitchener Street, Auckland
The price is ¥11,978 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of High Street and Sky Tower. Viaduct Harbour and Spark Arena ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,098 reviews)
"Quick check in and check out with friendly service. Also good sized rooms and easy access to the pool big enough to have your own space"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2022

Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
4 out of 5
85-89 Custom St West, Auckland
The price is ¥14,655 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of La Cigale Market at Britomart, Auckland Ferry Terminal, ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,189 reviews)
"great central location"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
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Reviews of Auckland

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5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 1, 2020

Wonderful restaurants, shopping, and the ferry were all near by. Definitely would recommend taking a food/bar tour around the city. Highly recommend taking a day trip to Hobbiton as well.

5/5 - Excellent

Reggie

Apr 15, 2020

Beautiful city. Would love to go back and visit the rest of New Zealand.

3/5 - Okay

Diana

Apr 3, 2020

Not tourist friendly. It was OK.

5/5 - Excellent

Carlos

Mar 23, 2020

Such a great city and country throughout. I would honestly love to move there one day best of both city wise and country sides man you just have to experience New Zealand for yourself, don’t miss out.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 22, 2020

Lots of fun places to visit, unique finds and food to enjoy.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 22, 2020

Nice city despite the chaos of construction.

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