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Auckland

Known for Shopping, Dining and Skyscrapers

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

This park was once an active volcano, and today it features exotic trees, sculptural artworks and a museum.

You can browse for souvenirs when you visit Queen Street Shopping District, a popular shopping spot in Auckland. While in this walkable area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

As well as military artifacts, this museum offers insight into New Zealand’s natural history, Maori culture, and craftwork, such as jewelry and weaving.

Not just a landmark structure in the Waitemata Harbour, this box truss bridge also provides a thrilling experience for climbers and bungee-jumpers.

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GUARANTEED DEPARTURE - WE DO NOT CANCEL FOR LOW NUMBERS We start our day travelling from Auckland to Hobbiton through Waikato, where you will take in the gorgeous scenery of Dairy Farms and the Hauraki Plains.

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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.

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Cruise your way around Waiheke's highlights with a bus pass that makes navigating the island a snap. With the freedom to hop on and off the bus at conveniently located stops, discover the island's vineyards, restaurants, beaches, and shopping spots entirely at your own pace.

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Join us on a sightseeing tour and discover some of the best places to visit near Auckland. Leave the city behind on this day trip from Auckland and uncover the wonders of Waitomo Caves and Rotorua; marvel at the famous Glowworm Grotto, see the steaming geysers and bubbling mud pools that make up the Rotorua geothermal landscape and gain an insight into Maori culture in New Zealand.

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The Sky Tower has stood tall at 328 meters as an icon of Auckland's sky line for 20 years. It's an exciting hub of adrenaline activities, superb dining and breathtaking views from three observation levels. If you're visiting Auckland for just one day, then a trip up the Sky Tower is a must.

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Embark on an exciting day trip from Auckland to discover the glowworm caves at Waitomo and the world-famous Hobbiton Movie Set. Escape the city and journey south through lush green farmland en route to Matamata, a small rural town where you'll find the Hobbiton Movie Set.

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