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 CBD which includes city views and street scenes

Auckland Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(929 area reviews)

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

Auckland Central Business District
Auckland Domain showing a garden

Parnell

4.5/5Wonderful!(34 area 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.

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 Mt. Eden or Eden Park 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

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area 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.

Grey Lynn
Mount Eden Auckland, New Zealand 

Newton

4/5Very Good!(212 area 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.

Newton
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

Top Hotels in Auckland

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
5 out of 5
83 Symonds Street, Box 2771, Auckland
¥15,506
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Located in Newton, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Karangahape Road and Queen Street Shopping District. Auckland City Hospital and The Civic are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,046 reviews)

"Excellent customer service in all respects. Wonderful beds. Great sleep. Quick and delicious room service meals."…"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
Grand Millennium Auckland
Grand Millennium Auckland
4.5 out of 5
71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland
¥15,450
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Aotea Centre and Queen Street Shopping District. Sky Tower and The Civic ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (3,370 reviews)

"Spacious rooms, very comfortable bed. Super friendly staff. Spacious and very pleasant lobby. Good restaurant and great breakfast."…"

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2020

Grand Millennium Auckland
Novotel Auckland Airport
Novotel Auckland Airport
4.5 out of 5
Ray Emery Drive, Mangere
¥19,653
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

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! (3,043 reviews)

"Convenient location just across from the Airport. Comfortable bed and clean room. Unfortunately the restaurant is under renovation, but the alternate set up on the second floor is more than adequate."…"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

Novotel Auckland Airport

Popular things to do in Auckland

Sky Tower
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Sky Tower

4.5/5(506 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.

Auckland Zoo
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Auckland Zoo

4.5/5(95 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(401 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.

Piha Beach
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Piha Beach

4.5/5(111 reviews)

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

Rainbow's End
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Rainbow's End

4/5(17 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.

University of Auckland
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University of Auckland

4.5/5(169 reviews)

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

Top activities in Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

¥6,071

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

¥4,005

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

¥1,820

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

¥2,694

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

¥22,574

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.

Mount Maunganui and Karangahake Gorge Day Trip
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Mount Maunganui and Karangahake Gorge Day Trip

¥18,636

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway, State Highway 2, Waihi New Zealand Explore old gold mining tunnels, native forest and see all the relics from an earlier time scattered along the trail.

Reviews of Auckland

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 52.255639097744364%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 38.59649122807018%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 8.145363408521304%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.0025062656641603%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 26, 2020

Took the Ferry over to Waiheke for 2 full days & 1 night. A nice add on to the trip.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 21, 2020

Went to Waiheke Island by ferry for a day of wine tasting.

5/5 - Excellent

Elvin

Jan 20, 2020

If you are planning on going to Auckland New Zealand you need to go for at list two week

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2020

Auckland is a big city, but has an accessible feel. There is a great deal of construction going on, but it really didn’t impact our stay. Lots to do, especially around the waterfront.

4/5 - Good

DT

Jan 18, 2020

Seems that Road Construction everywhere.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

The only reason I didn't give an excellent is because there was construction EVERYWHERE! And I mean EVERYWHERE.

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