More than just a city, Auckland is a whole region full of things to see and do.Often the gateway to the rest of the country it is easy to overlook everything this area has to offer
Covering a staggering 1,900 square miles, Auckland might be the largest city in New Zealand, yet it’s so much more than just cosmopolitan buildings and thriving commerciality. Whether you’re seeking splendid beaches, shopping sprees, scrumptious cuisine or spectacular nature, you’re sure to find it all with one of our luxury holidays in Auckland.
Ascend Auckland’s Sky Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere. Get your adrenaline pumping with a heart-stopping bungee jump from the dizzying heights or a nerve-racking walk around its exterior platform. Alternatively, simply admire the stunning views of the twinkling city and magnificent volcanic cones. Visit the iconic Harbour Bridge at Waitemata Harbour connecting downtown Auckland with the northern districts and don’t miss the majestic One Tree Hill - one of Auckland’s 48 dormant volcanoes set amongst the lush landscape of Cornwall Park. For the chance to swim with sharks and interact with the delightful penguin colonies, take a trip to Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium.
Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Auckland by wandering around the famous Auckland War Memorial Museum or Auckland Arts Gallery Toi o Tamaki. Shopaholics shouldn’t miss the huge selection of upscale stores and international brands available at Britomart, Ponsonby or Parnell, while Devonport offers more of a quirky and boutique retail scene.
No luxury holiday in Auckland would be complete without experiencing the city’s extensive dining scene. With a vast range of sleek restaurants and quaint cafés to choose from, you’ll find the flavours greatly enhanced by the fresh, local produce. Sample some of the mouth-watering seafood and other delectable delicacies and take the time to visit one of the region’s many vineyards and wineries at Kumeu or Matakana.
Beaches and nature
Even the beaches vary greatly in this fabulously diverse region, from the white sands and calm waters of the east coast to the more rugged, black sand shorelines in the west. Head to the serene tranquillity of Anchor Bay or Takapuna Beach for pure relaxation. At Piha Beach and Awhitu Peninsula, you’ll be amazed by the dramatic scenery and the second-to-none surfing. Take a stroll along the volcanic sands of Karekare Beach to the nearby Karekare Falls, or try your hand at kayaking or windsurfing at Orewa Beach. Visit one of the picturesque islands of the Hauraki Gulf where you’ll find New Zealand’s youngest volcano on Rangitoto Island, or venture to Waiheke Island for its breathtaking scenery and splendid vineyards.
Be sure to visit Mount Eden, another of Auckland’s dormant volcanoes. Entirely covered in grass, the mountain’s summit is the perfect spot to take in the fantastic views of the cityscape. You’ll be astounded by the birdlife on Tiritiri Matangi Island, where you can spot brown teals, North Island kokakos, takahes and little spotted kiwis. Another option is to visit Auckland Botanic Gardens in Manurewa to wander through a vast array of truly beautiful flora.
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