named as one of the best life-style cities in the world, Auckland is New Zealand’s
city with a vibrant cosmopolitan population. Auckland offers a busy nightlife, world-class
restaurants, a stunning waterfront and diverse neighbourhoods to explore. Facing the
sparkling waters of the Manukau and Waitemata Harbours, New Zealand’s largest city is
known as the City of Sails.
Auckland has a plethora of great museums and galleries, and is a melting pot of cultures,
large Polynesian and Asian population. A great introduction to New Zealand and Auckland is a
to the Auckland Museum located in the Auckland Domain. The Museum tells the story of Pacific
People; Maori, Pakeha, the peoples of Oceania and other newcomers. Exhibits examine the
diversity of Pacific Island communities and the astonishing beauty of the objects they
There are adventures to be had in the heart of the city, including bungy jumping from the Sky Tower or the Auckland Harbour Bridge. For those who prefer not to jump, the Auckland Bridge Climb takes you on a guided tour over the iconic bridge.
With the ocean so close and accessible, water lovers can take a sailing boat cruise on the harbour, or go on an excursion to see dolphins frolicking at sea. A visit to Kelly Tarlton’s Sealife Aquarium lets you experience New Zealand’s marine life - get up close and personal with penguins playing in the snow, or swim with stingrays or sharks.
Jump on a ferry from downtown Auckland for a quick trip to the historic seaside village of Devonport, with its lovely boutique shops, antique stores, cafés and art galleries.
Also a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland is Waiheke Island, an artistic enclave with stunning beaches and excellent wineries and restaurants – consider joining a tour for a taste of the views, culture and history that make up this diverse island.
West Auckland is famous for its rugged black sand beaches, such as Karekare, Muriwai and Piha, and lush rainforests and walking tracks in the Waitakere Ranges.
Or do like the locals do and head to Ponsonby for brunch or coffee and a stroll through the shops; or for designer and lifestyle shopping, go to Newmarket and upmarket Nuffield Street.
High St has some of the city’s best fashion stores from top New Zealand designers such as Karen Walker, World, Zambesi and Workshop, and in nearby Queen St, there are big brand stores such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and the famous Smith & Caughey’s department store.
For nature lovers who have time to go further afield, Goat Island Marine Reserve north of Auckland, Tiritiri Matangi Island, Great Barrier Island and Rangitoto Island each offer unique flora, fauna and landscapes to wow visitors.