With an irresistible combination of magnificent natural scenery and a vibrant city lifestyle, Auckland is a place of exciting contrasts and endless adventures.
Auckland is New Zealandâ€™s largest city and main transport hub. Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping, and youâ€™re beginning to get the picture of Auckland, our largest and most diverse city.
More than just a city, Auckland is a whole region full of things to see and do. Best of all, with so many experiences close by itâ€™s easy to hop from one adventure to the next.
A stunning natural playground
Aucklandâ€™s diverse landscapes provide countless opportunities to get immersed in nature. In the west, lush native rainforest plunges down the hills to meet the sea on dramatic black sand beaches, while the eastâ€™s sheltered golden sand beaches are fringed with red-flowering pohutukawa trees. To the north the rolling hills of wine country meet stunning coastlines and in the south youll find picturesque country gardens, unspoilt forest and tranquil bays to explore.
Shopping and dining
Auckland is a shopaholicâ€™s paradise, with everything from top-end designers to open air street markets. Discover the diverse range of cafes and restaurants offering cuisine from around the globe and check out the buzzing nightlife of the central city. Favourite spots include Wynyard Quarter, the Viaduct Harbour, City Works Depot and the Britomart precinct.
Once youâ€™ve seen the city, head out to one of Aucklandâ€™s four distinct wine districts where you can sample local wines against the backdrop of vine-covered hills and sparkling ocean.
Hauraki Gulf and Islands
Aucklandâ€™s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park encompasses an incredible 1.2 million hectares of coast, sea and islands â€“ and there are so many ways to explore it.
The jewel of the Hauraki Gulf is Waiheke Island, a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves, farm land and golden beaches; and only a 35-minute ferry ride away from downtown Auckland. Sip on award-winning wines at some of the 30 boutique vineyards and wineries, enjoy fine dining and pick up superb local artwork. Make sure you get out on the water while youre here, whether itâ€™s a relaxing harbour cruise, a fishing charter, whale and dolphin spotting, kayaking or surfing.
Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand