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AucklandNew Zealand

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 CBD which includes city views and street scenes

Auckland Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,043 area reviews)

The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of Auckland Central Business District. Make a stop by Sky Tower or Auckland Ferry Terminal while you're exploring the area.

Auckland Central Business District
Auckland Domain showing a garden

Parnell

4.5/5Wonderful!(36 area reviews)

Parnell is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Auckland War Memorial Museum or Auckland Domain.

Parnell
Mt. Eden which includes landscape views and tranquil scenes

Mount Eden

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)

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

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

Grey Lynn

5/5Exceptional!(4 area reviews)

Restaurants, spas, and shopping are some highlights of Grey Lynn. Make a stop by Ponsonby Road or Artstation while you're exploring.

Grey Lynn
Mt. Eden which includes a city

Mount Albert

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.

Mount Albert
Fresh donuts .... Crunchier, bacon & banana, cream & jam, marshmallows & choc. Freshly made on premise & tastes divine

Newton

4/5Very Good!(231 area reviews)

Newton is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Queen Street Shopping District and Karangahape Road while you're in town.

Newton

Top Hotels in Auckland

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Grand by SkyCity
The Grand by SkyCity
5 out of 5
90 Federal Street, Auckland
The price is ¥15,099 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Sky Tower and SkyCity Casino. Auckland Ferry Terminal and University of Auckland ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,362 reviews)

"Nice stay as usual, however the aircon thermostat didn't work and it was a hot night. Other than that lovely rooms and good location"…"

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

The Grand by SkyCity
Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
4.5 out of 5
40 Kitchener Street, Auckland
The price is ¥10,471 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 21

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is steps from High Street and Queen Street Shopping District. University of Auckland ...

4.4/5Excellent! (955 reviews)

"We stayed as a family. The check-in was efficient, room immaculate and spacious. Indoor spa and pool great for after a days excursions and beautifully maintained. Clean, modern and excellent kitchen and bathroom facilities. Close to inner city vibe, train and bus stations"…"

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2020

Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
SkyCity Hotel
SkyCity Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
The price is ¥11,442 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Sky City Casino, Sky Tower, and SkyCity Casino. SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,419 reviews)

"Everything was great apart from the casino as we have to wait for 1 hour in line and 30 minutes for a drink as it was the main purpose of our stay at the venue. But we made it up at the Viaduct which was a great experince."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

SkyCity Hotel

Popular places to visit in Auckland

Sky Tower
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Sky Tower

4.5/5(536 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.

Piha Beach
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Piha Beach

4.5/5(117 reviews)

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

Auckland Zoo
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Auckland Zoo

4.5/5(105 reviews)

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

Auckland Ferry Terminal
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Auckland Ferry Terminal

4.5/5(447 reviews)

Combining historic architecture with modern facilities, Auckland’s harbourside transport terminal is the place to embark on an adventure or simply sit with a coffee and watch the world go by.

Eden Park
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Eden Park

4.5/5(162 reviews)

Catch an event at Eden Park during your trip to Auckland. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Rainbow's End
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Rainbow's End

4/5(19 reviews)

Get drenched on a log flume, dry out on an 18-story drop ride and test your limits on a corkscrew roller coaster at this theme park.

Top things to do in Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

¥6,200
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Sky Tower Observation Admission Tickets
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Sky Tower Observation Admission Tickets

¥2,042
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Tour

¥32,553
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Small group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland
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Small group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

¥21,985
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Hobbiton Movie Set/Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip
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Hobbiton Movie Set/Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip

¥16,964
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Infinity Float Tank Experience for Couples
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Infinity Float Tank Experience for Couples

¥5,354
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Auckland

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
466
5 - Excellent 52.47747747747748%
4 - Good
343
4 - Good 38.626126126126124%
3 - Okay
71
3 - Okay 7.995495495495495%
2 - Disappointing
8
2 - Disappointing 0.9009009009009009%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

*MONS*

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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