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AucklandNew Zealand

Nature experiences abound in this city surrounded by harbors and rain forest. Go island hopping, dine out on the water or peer into the crater of a volcano.

Auckland is as much a gateway to a natural playground as it is an urban paradise, with museums, shopping and fine dining. The biggest city on New Zealand’s North Island has coast on one side and mountains on the other. Manukau Harbour is to the southwest, the Hauraki Gulf and its islands to the east, and the rain forest-covered Waitakere Ranges to the west. Take the glass elevator at the Sky Tower in downtown Auckland for a spectacular view of the cityscape, mountains and harbor from a height of 722 feet (220 meters).

Auckland is built on and around several extinct volcanoes. The suburb of Mount Eden is built on the side of a cinder-cone volcano. Climb to the top to look into the 164-foot (50-meter) deep crater. The gardens in Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, flourish in the volcanic soil and natural springs of the Pukekawa volcano. Learn about Auckland’s natural history, the culture of the Maori people, and local art and crafts in the Auckland War Memorial Museum, which is located on the highest point of the Domain.

Navigating Auckland is easy, with buses, trains and ferries servicing the downtown area. You can take the hop-on, hop-off Explorer Bus for commentary and sightseeing. Rent a car to venture out of the city.

There are 138 species of wildlife housed in the award-winning habitats of the Auckland Zoo. Catch a glimpse of the iconic kiwi and get up-close to rhinos, elephants, lions, cheetahs and primates.

Sailing boats and super yachts moor in Viaduct Harbour, home to the maritime museum and more than 30 bars and restaurants that line the water. Ferries leave from here for the islands in the Hauraki Gulf. Waiheke Island, a 40-minute ferry trip away, is a great place to hike, sample gourmet food and see stunning beaches.

Head to the hills behind Auckland to hike and camp in the wilderness. Many miles of trails wind through the rain forest and along the coast in the Waitakere Ranges. For serious “trampers,” as hikers are known in New Zealand, there’s the challenging 46-mile (75-kilometer) Hillary Trail, which includes three nights camping and four days tramping. Many visitors go for a day trip through the ranges by rental car or tour bus.

Auckland Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Auckland

Auckland CBD featuring city views and street scenes

Auckland Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(309 area reviews)

The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of Auckland Central Business District. Make a stop by Sky Tower or Auckland Ferry Terminal while you're exploring the area.

Auckland Central Business District

Top Hotels in Auckland

The Grand by SkyCity
The Grand by SkyCity
5 out of 5
90 Federal Street, Auckland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $226 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Sky Tower and SkyCity Casino. Auckland Ferry Terminal and University of Auckland ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,341 reviews)

"Staff all very helpful and friendly especially parking attendants who went out of their way to make sure we were happy with our parking arrangements"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 15, 2020

The Grand by SkyCity
Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
4.5 out of 5
40 Kitchener Street, Auckland
The price is CA $144 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is steps away from High Street and Queen Street Shopping District. University of ...

4.4/5Excellent! (983 reviews)

"Good stay, good facilities, great staff and so close to everything."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 16, 2020

Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
SkyCity Hotel
SkyCity Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $171 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Sky City Casino, Sky Tower and SkyCity Casino. SKYCITY Auckland Convention ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,419 reviews)

"Great location, easy to find, clean and very comfy"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 22, 2020

SkyCity Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Auckland

Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
4.5 out of 5
40 Kitchener Street, Auckland
The price is CA $144 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is steps away from High Street and Queen Street Shopping District. University of ...

4.4/5Excellent! (983 reviews)

"Good stay, good facilities, great staff and so close to everything."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 16, 2020

Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
Auckland Harbour Suites
Auckland Harbour Suites
3.5 out of 5
16 Gore Street, Auckland
The price is CA $91 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of La Cigale Market at Britomart and Queen Street Shopping District. ...

3.7/5Good! (2,452 reviews)

"Room was great, amazing view. We didnt realize parking wasnt included so had to pay extra for carpark."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 21, 2020

Auckland Harbour Suites
Waldorf St Martins Apartments Hotel
Waldorf St Martins Apartments Hotel
4.5 out of 5
6-12 St Martins Lane, Auckland

Located in Newton, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Auckland Town Hall and University of Auckland. Sky Tower and Auckland Domain are also ...

4/5Very Good! (2,951 reviews)

"We arrived early and our room was already ready for us - really appreciated that"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 1, 2020

Waldorf St Martins Apartments Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Auckland

Sky Tower
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Sky Tower

4.5/5(136 reviews)

Enjoy fine dining in a rotating restaurant, dive off the tower on a cable-controlled jump or simply enjoy the views from New Zealand’s tallest tower.

Piha Beach
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Piha Beach

4.5/5(30 reviews)

Clear waters, rolling surf and black sand shores are surrounded by emerald cliffs and sub-tropical rain forest at this remote beach.

Auckland Zoo
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Auckland Zoo

4.5/5(28 reviews)

Encounter rare and endangered species from New Zealand and across the globe, including the pygmy marmoset and the huge white rhino.

Auckland Ferry Terminal
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Auckland Ferry Terminal

4.5/5(165 reviews)

Combining historic architecture with modern facilities, Auckland’s harbourside transport terminal is the place to embark on an adventure or simply sit with a coffee and watch the world go by.

Rainbow's End
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Rainbow's End

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Get drenched on a log flume, dry out on an 18-story drop ride and test your limits on a corkscrew roller coaster at this theme park.

Viaduct Harbour
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Viaduct Harbour

4.5/5(74 reviews)

Day or night, this modern marina precinct is a great spot to dine along the waterfront, attend yachting events and learn about the region’s maritime heritage.

Top things to do in Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Tour

CA $399
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Sky Tower Observation Admission Tickets
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Sky Tower Observation Admission Tickets

CA $28
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

CA $77
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Hobbiton Movie Set/Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip
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Hobbiton Movie Set/Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip

CA $208
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Wilderness Experience Half-Day Tour
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Wilderness Experience Half-Day Tour

CA $143
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line: Odyssey Sensory Maze Entry Auckland Ticket
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Skip the Line: Odyssey Sensory Maze Entry Auckland Ticket

CA $20
Per adult

Reviews of Auckland

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
103
5 - Excellent 38.867924528301884%
4 - Good
138
4 - Good 52.075471698113205%
3 - Okay
22
3 - Okay 8.30188679245283%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.7547169811320755%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 27, 2020

Nice city - wish we had more time to explore however due to virus we had to move on to a less populated location.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 23, 2020

Busy compared to rest of NZ Construction makes driving a challenge. Lots to see and do. Ferry to Rangitoto Island.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 19, 2020

A beautiful city with no shortage of sites to see. A lot of construction going on downtown. Everything was a little more expensive than in Toronto.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 17, 2020

There is a lot in Auckland that we will visit when we return from Paihia.

5/5 - Excellent

KIMBERLEY

Mar 5, 2020

Auckland is amazing. Very much a Vancouver vibe.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 18, 2020

At the moment they are doing an extensive amount of infrastructure road work, which I'm sure will be excellent in the future. However it does make walking a bit of a challenge and driving at times a nightmare of single lanes.

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