Surrounded by a variety of scenic landscapes in every direction, there are multiple “must-do’s” in the Auckland region to cater for people of every taste.
Head out for a cruise on the beautiful waters, sample some of NZ’s best wines at a winery tour, or visit a nearby island for a stunning example of why New Zealand is frequently listed high on many “most scenic destination” lists made by people the world over.
The area surrounding Auckland city is a largely mountainous environment – consisting of several dormant volcanoes – that contrasts brilliantly with the waters of Auckland’s vibrant harbour (named Waitemata Harbour in the native Maori tongue) that has been a fixture of the city’s lifestyle for hundreds of years for both indigenous inhabitants and European colonists alike, and is a large reason for its colloquial nickname “the City of Sails”.
The city itself is home to a number of famous icons such as its easily recognisable Sky Tower (which affords visitors both sightseeing and adventure opportunities), the Auckland Harbour Bridge and nearby Rangitoto Island while boasting the largest Polynesian population in the world, a pleasant climate and a wonderful blend of both food and shopping.
Looking to make the most out of your trip to Auckland? Check out our recommended itineraries for stays of 2 to 5 days here.
Head outside the city meanwhile and your options for entertainment and exploration expand even more; the aforementioned Rangitoto Island is a mere 25 minute boat ride away and provides a unique combination of lava crops and native bushland; the stunning network of Waitomo Caves is well within reach; and the world of the Lord of the Rings comes alive at the “real” Hobitton just a couple of hours drive away at Matamata.
Whatever your reason for visiting Auckland, you’ll find everything you need to know about travelling to this part of lovely New Zealand broken down in our detailed sections above.