AucklandNew Zealand

4.4/5Top Destination

Experience the local cuisine, museums, and parks in Auckland!

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.

Known for

Shopping, Dining and Skyscrapers

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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(761 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(28 reviews)

Waterfront views and gardens are a few notable features of the neighborhood.

Greenlane - Ellerslie
Palm Beach on  Waiheke Island is the place where you should be during the hot summer days! Look at that color of the sea! Beautiful!
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Greenlane - Ellerslie

Known for Friendly People, Natural Parks, Spas

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Spas, coffeehouses, and theaters highlight some of the noteworthy features of Greenlane - Ellerslie. Make a stop by One Tree Hill Domain or ASB Showgrounds while you're exploring the neighborhood.

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

5/5(2 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.

Western Springs
Auckland Zoo featuring land animals, zoo animals and animals

Western Springs

While visiting Western Springs, you might make a stop by sights like Auckland Zoo and Western Springs Stadium.

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
¥12,034
per night
Oct 25 - Oct 26

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! (3,370 reviews)

"Location Cleanliness Staff Lap pool Comfortable bed and sheets"…"

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

Grand Millennium Auckland
Jet Park Hotel Auckland Airport
Jet Park Hotel Auckland Airport
4.5 out of 5
63 Westney Road, Mangere
¥9,507
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28

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! (3,069 reviews)

"Arrived into Auckland from Singapore late and booked into the Jet Park due to its proximity to the airport and also the good reviews. I’m pleased to say I made the right choice. My room was a little hard to find, but I was tired and it was late. Other than that everything was perfect; comfortable ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2019

Jet Park Hotel Auckland Airport
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
5 out of 5
83 Symonds Street, Box 2771, Auckland
¥13,243
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28

Located in Newton, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Karangahape Road and Queen Street Shopping District. Auckland Town Hall and University of Auckland ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,039 reviews)

"Always perfect. Service is great. Doorman is great, food is great , bed is great"…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group

Popular things to do in Auckland

Sky Tower
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Sky Tower

4.5/5(460 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.

Mt. Eden
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Mt. Eden

4.5/5(166 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(88 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(92 reviews)

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

Auckland Domain
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Auckland Domain

4.5/5(135 reviews)

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

Queen Street Shopping District
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Queen Street Shopping District

4.5/5(436 reviews)

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.

Top activities in Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

¥5,812

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

¥3,806

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.

24hr Hop on Hop Off Auckland
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24hr Hop on Hop Off Auckland

¥1,730

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.

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

¥2,560

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.

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

¥21,449

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.

Taste of Waiheke Island Tour
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Taste of Waiheke Island Tour

¥12,294

Combine your ferry travel to Waiheke Island with this popular tour. Enjoy a day of wine and olive tasting at 3 vineyards and an olive grove. Indulge in locally produced foods such as mouthwatering preserves and world class olive oils, and have a light lunch at Stonyridge Vineyard.

Reviews of Auckland

4.4

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Sofia Sofia

Oct 20, 2019

Very good hotel and people

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 14, 2019

To big and busy to me

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 13, 2019

Auckland is a beautiful and friendly city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 9, 2019

Lot of places to visit. Nice sight seeing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 9, 2019

A beautiful city worth visiting, great restaurants and a awesome view of the city from one tree hill and even better from the the top of Devon port

5/5 - Excellent

Annie

Oct 4, 2019

Beautiful city but be sure to venture out to all the wonderful islands and hikes.

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