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New Zealand’s most populated city, Auckland is flanked by two harbours and built on a volcanic field, with about 50 volcanoes shaping its landscape. Climb up the grassy slopes of Mount Eden or One Tree Hill for 360-degree views, or stop by Auckland Domain – the city’s oldest park – which sits on the crater of a dormant volcano. Nature lovers can also head to Auckland Botanic Gardens for a peaceful picnic amidst tranquil lakes, exotic flowers and native plants.

Featuring urban skyscrapers set against rolling hills, Auckland’s skyline is dominated by the impressive Sky Tower, a 328-metre-tall structure offering panoramic views of the city. Here, you can dine in a revolving restaurant, take a thrilling walk along the edge of the tower or jump off it to experience a free fall of 11 seconds. Expect more bungee jumping opportunities at the Auckland Harbour Bridge, where you can climb to the top or take a plunge into the water below. If you’re after a more relaxing activity, you can see penguins, sharks and stingrays up close at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, or take a sunset cruise for evening views of the ‘City of Sails’ and its yacht-decked harbours.

There are plenty of options for art and history enthusiasts travelling to Auckland. Popular places of interest include the Auckland War Memorial Museum honouring New Zealand’s soldiers, and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, featuring an extensive collection of traditional and contemporary works – from Maori art to Yayoi Kusama installations.


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Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency NZD 10 = $5.96
Language English
Average weekend price $128 per night
Average weekday price $124 per night
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A beautiful city and great Harbour, Auckland is still going...

September 19, 2023

A beautiful city and great Harbour, Auckland is still going through transition with its underground transport but will be great when completed. There is so much to see here, Great Theatres, Superb Art Gallery's, good cafés and restaurants. A modern cosmopolitan city with a colourful Pacific atmosphere. Good friendly helpful people working hard to make your stay a fantastic experience.


Auckland city centre is not what it used to be.

September 17, 2023

Auckland city centre is not what it used to be. The old vibe of queen street is no longer. Venture out of the city centre and it is a much nicer experience. We love visiting the NorthShore. It has lovely cafes, coffee shops, restaurants and lots of shops, malls and boutique type places. There is lots to do and it is supplemented by good road networks to get from one place to another.


Auckland City itself has many things to do and see, but it...

September 14, 2023

Auckland City itself has many things to do and see, but it is also a great gateway to the harbour and gulf islands, as well as the north shore and other tourist attractions o few hours drive south. At least a week would be good, we only had three days so we will have to come back another time. Have a cocktail up the Skytower, Take the ferry to Devonport for ice cream and Waiheke Island for a winery tour. Do the whale and dolphin cruise. Drive down towards Hamilton for many tourist attractions for the kids. Have a drink at Reign and Pour. Sit and watch the ships in the port.

Kerrie Australia

I like Auckland in general as I'm from Auckland.

September 11, 2023

I like Auckland in general as I'm from Auckland. However, the some areas in Auckland are so congested. The streets are very narrow with ofif street parking on both sides of the street. There is only room for one vehicle at a time. The houses are boxed looking and very little sections. So different to my up bringing as we had quarter acre sections with fruit trees. I do enjoy the shopping not the rat race. I appreciate Auckland more since I moved away 20 years ago.

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accomadation was very over priced for the conditionn of the...

September 11, 2023

accomadation was very over priced for the conditionn of the rooms bathroom jammed hand trying to shut the door wash basin was was a squeese to shut the door you could quite easily damage your hands very unsafe looks like these rooms may be used for peranent as what we saw ,definitely not worth $209.00 per night .

michael New Zealand

Auckland is a bustling metropolitan area with diverse...

September 8, 2023

Auckland is a bustling metropolitan area with diverse population. There are major events happening in this city. Once of which is New Zealand Fashion Week. Highly recommend fashionistas to attend this amazing event. I was able to go to food court each time to purchase meals. It is sort of ok to get around Auckland. It did take one hour to go from CBD to Sylvia Park. I would avoid avoid travelling all the way to Sylvia Park next time as it took out 2 hours of the trip to get to and from there.

Jeanie New Zealand

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