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Auckland
Travel Guide

Sky Tower showing skyline, a city and city views

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.

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Where to stay in Auckland

SkyCity Hotel
SkyCity Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
The price is CA $171 per night from May 2 to May 3
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from SkyCity Casino and Sky Tower. Viaduct Harbour and University of Auckland are also ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,424 reviews)
"The minute you walk through the doors you know that everything is taken care of. The staff were friendly, the room was just the right size and the restaurant was excellent. The complimentary snacks and valet parking was the icing on the cake :)"

Reviewed on Apr. 20, 2021

SkyCity Hotel
Hilton Auckland
Hilton Auckland
5 out of 5
Princes Wharf 147 Quay Street, Auckland
The price is CA $230 per night from May 2 to May 3
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Auckland Ferry Terminal and Commercial Bay. Viaduct Harbour and ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (972 reviews)
"Fantastic service, comfy beds. Free upgrade for our wedding anniversary to a harbor facing room was great. Loved the peach bellinis at the bar. Husband was disappointed the swimming pool was out of action for repairs but we still had a wonderful stay"

Reviewed on Apr. 14, 2021

Hilton Auckland
QT Auckland
QT Auckland
5 out of 5
4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland
The price is CA $240 per night from May 2 to May 3
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Viaduct Harbour, Victoria Park, and SkyCity Casino. Sky Tower and Princes ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (18 reviews)
"It was a nice property, the staff and service was great. We found the bathroom setup wasn’t very private, which was a bit odd. Otherwise we loved it."

Reviewed on Apr. 19, 2021

QT Auckland
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Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
4.5 out of 5
40 Kitchener Street, Auckland
The price is CA $155 per night from May 2 to May 3
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is steps from High Street and Queen Street Shopping District. University of Auckland and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,033 reviews)
"Could have a bit more attention to the cleaning but overall great value for the money"

Reviewed on Apr. 19, 2021

Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
Auckland Harbour Suites
Auckland Harbour Suites
3.5 out of 5
16 Gore Street, Auckland
The price is CA $105 per night from May 16 to May 17
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! (2,448 reviews)
"This accomodation had everything we needed alongside a spectacular view. The only critique was due to water coming down from the deck above and splashed through the open sliding doors. Other than that the customer service was amazing and it was simple, enjoyable process."

Reviewed on Feb. 14, 2021

Auckland Harbour Suites
Swiss-Belsuites Victoria Park Auckland
Swiss-Belsuites Victoria Park Auckland
4.5 out of 5
206 Victoria Street West, Auckland, Auckland
The price is CA $194 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Victoria Park Market, Victoria Park, and Sky Tower. Viaduct ...
4.4/5Excellent! (498 reviews)
"Great location close to everything you need for a city stay. Property starting to show age and cleanliness could be improved a little."

Reviewed on Apr. 16, 2021

Swiss-Belsuites Victoria Park Auckland
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.

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Reviews of Auckland

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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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