AucklandNew Zealand

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Visit Auckland

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

Where to stay in Auckland

Auckland Central Business District
Auckland CBD which includes city views and street scenes

Auckland Central Business District

Known for Ports, Shopping, Dining

4.5/5(837 reviews)

Explore Auckland’s inner-city hub to find historic architecture alongside contemporary designs, the revitalised Auckland Waterfront and a busy shopping precinct.

Parnell
Holy Trinity Cathedral featuring a church or cathedral

Parnell

Known for Friendly People, Natural Parks, Ports

4.5/5(31 reviews)

Parnell is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Auckland War Memorial Museum and Auckland Domain while in the area.

Mount Eden
Mt. Eden which includes landscape views and tranquil scenes

Mount Eden

Known for Walking, Friendly People, Bars

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Unique features of Mount Eden include the bars and shopping. Make a stop by Mt. Eden or Eden Park while you're exploring the area.

Grey Lynn
Known as Spaghetti Junction multiple roads lead in and out of the centre of Auckland. Great for a shot during Blue hour. #ontheroad
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Grey Lynn

Known for Friendly People, Dining, Zoo

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Restaurants, spas, and shopping are just a few things travelers enjoy about Grey Lynn. Check out Ponsonby Road or Artstation while you're exploring the area.

Newton
Mount Eden Auckland, New Zealand 
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Newton

Known for Shopping, Friendly People, Skyscrapers

4/5(196 reviews)

Travelers come to Newton for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Queen Street Shopping District and Karangahape Road while you're in town.

Mount Albert
Mt. Eden which includes a city

Mount Albert

Known for Golf, Family-Friendly, Cafes

You'll enjoy the restaurants and monuments in Mount Albert. You might want to make time for a stop at Westfield St. Luke's Shopping Centre or St Mary's Cathedral.

Top Hotels in Auckland

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Millennium Auckland
Grand Millennium Auckland
4.5 out of 5
71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland
¥12,278
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this hotel is steps from Aotea Centre and Auckland Town Hall. Queen Street Shopping District and Sky Tower are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (3,363 reviews)

"Location is very convenient. Parking charge of $25 per day for guests is not highlighted when you book and should be part of the accommodation charge"…"

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

Grand Millennium Auckland
Jet Park Hotel Auckland Airport
Jet Park Hotel Auckland Airport
4.5 out of 5
63 Westney Road, Mangere
¥9,722
per night
Jan 4 - Jan 5

This family-friendly Mangere hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Butterfly Creek, Villa Maria Estate and Crater Hill. Otuataua Stonefields ...

4.4/5Excellent! (3,061 reviews)

"Very clean. Staff is friendly and helpful. Nice sized room"…"

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2019

Jet Park Hotel Auckland Airport
Novotel Auckland Airport
Novotel Auckland Airport
4.5 out of 5
Ray Emery Drive, Mangere
¥16,325
per night
Jan 1 - Jan 2

Situated in Mangere, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Butterfly Creek and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Villa Maria Estate. Rainbow's End and Otuataua Stonefields ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,078 reviews)

"Quiet. Friendly staff. Delicious room service. I loved the shower."…"

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2019

Novotel Auckland Airport

Popular things to do in Auckland

Sky Tower
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Sky Tower

4.5/5(480 reviews)

Enjoy fine dining in a rotating restaurant, dive off the tower on a cable-controlled jump or simply enjoy the views from New Zealand’s tallest tower.

University of Auckland
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University of Auckland

4.5/5(157 reviews)

Walk around the campus of University of Auckland, a top college in Auckland. Discover the area's fascinating museums and shops.

Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World
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Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World

4.5/5(82 reviews)

Take the family to visit the sea creatures you'll find at Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World and learn why this is a favorite attraction in Orakei. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Mt. Eden
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Mt. Eden

4.5/5(174 reviews)

Take a walking trail that visits a volcano crater, a 19th-century prison and the historic buildings of this quaint village.

Auckland Zoo
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Auckland Zoo

4.5/5(90 reviews)

Encounter rare and endangered species from New Zealand and across the globe, including the pygmy marmoset and the huge white rhino.

Piha Beach
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Piha Beach

4.5/5(101 reviews)

Clear waters, rolling surf and black sand shores are surrounded by emerald cliffs and sub-tropical rain forest at this remote beach.

Top activities in Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

¥5,907

Step into the world of Middle-earth, the Shire, and Hobbiton as you head to the movie set where acclaimed director Peter Jackson brought J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved books to life. Find out how this once-sleepy sheep farm was turned into a movie set and take an up-close look at real sets and props.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Boat Tour
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Boat Tour

¥3,868

Venture inside the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and enter a magical world shimmering with thousands of tiny glowworms. After discovering the incredible acoustic properties of the chamber known as the Cathedral, board a boat and glide beneath a dazzling ceiling illuminated by living lights.

Auckland - Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Ticket
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Auckland - Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Ticket

¥1,758

Explore Auckland in a day at your own leisure with a 24-hour hop on hop off pass. Climb aboard your Auckland sightseeing bus, cruising through downtown districts and quaint suburbs as you listen to informative commentary about Auckland history and culture from your knowledgeable driver guide.

Full-Day Hobbiton Shire Movie Set Tour from Auckland
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Full-Day Hobbiton Shire Movie Set Tour from Auckland

¥21,801

A fantastical world of wonder awaits at the filming site of HobbitonTM Shire. Nestled within the verdant farmland south of Auckland, this authentic recreation of Bilbo Baggins' Middle Earth village immerses you in all the magic and adventure of the Lord of the Rings.

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium Tickets
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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium Tickets

¥2,602

Connect with the underwater world at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium featuring 13-themed zones, 30 live animal displays, and more than 80 marine species. Designed by renowned diver and all-around adventurer, Kelly Tarlton.

Infinity Float Tank Experience for Couples
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Infinity Float Tank Experience for Couples

¥5,885

Couples floating allows you to de-stress together and build a closer bond. Re-connect with your partner and see your relationship flourish from the profound peace and clarity of floating.

Reviews of Auckland

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
370
5 - Excellent 51.31761442441054%
4 - Good
280
4 - Good 38.83495145631068%
3 - Okay
63
3 - Okay 8.737864077669903%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.1095700416088765%
1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 9, 2019

Excellent vibrant multi cultural city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 7, 2019

I lwas there for a friends wedding. I was disappointed with transport for my friend in a wheelchair. The taxi turned up late which resulted in her missing the ceremony and in the evening we couldn’t find a wheelchair accessible taxi. She had to bus.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 5, 2019

We had an easy time walking everywhere!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 1, 2019

Love Auckland. Very safe and clean with tons to see. Everything was I’m walking distance including ferries to Waiheke Island.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 22, 2019

It's a big city with lots of things to do. We opted for things outside the city like hiking, site seeing, wine tasting, etc

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 22, 2019

Giapo was the best ice cream experience! We also enjoyed the Sky Tower and the Explorer Bus to see the sights.

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