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AucklandNew Zealand

A city surrounded by natural wonders, Auckland is perfect for all kinds of adventures, from eating out on the water, to going on safari to peeking inside a volcano.

The biggest city on New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland is more than just a stunning metropolis with great places to explore, shop and eat. It’s also a great base from which to discover the captivating natural landscape of the wider region, with a beautiful pristine coastline on one side of the city and mountains on the other.

To the south-west of Auckland, you’ll find the Hauraki Gulf, while to the west you can explore the rainforest of the Waitakere Ranges. Head for downtown Auckland’s Sky Tower and take a glass lift ride to the top so you can see it all for yourself from 220 metres above the ground.

Built on a range of extinct volcanoes, Auckland offers so much for visitors to explore. The suburb of Mount Eden lies on one side of a cinder-cone volcano; you can climb up the mountain to look down into its 50-metre-deep crater. The region’s volcanic soil, as well as the natural springs of the Pukekawa volcano, provide a great location for the flowers and greenery to flourish in the city’s oldest park, Auckland Domain.

At the Domain’s highest point, you’ll find the Auckland War Memorial Museum where you can learn more about the natural history of the region as well as the heritage of the Maori people. Take a trip elsewhere to the Auckland Zoo to see the iconic kiwi, as well as the many other kinds of animals among the 138 species of wildlife housed in its habitats.

At Viaduct Harbour you’ll see vessels large and small sailing on the water, with ferries departing here through the day for the islands in the Hauraki Gulf. From here, you can head to Waiheke Island just 40 minutes away (a great destination for hiking), enjoy some time on the beach, or sample some of the great food on offer.

Meanwhile, on the rising hills behind Auckland, you can explore miles of rainforest and coastal trails in the Waitakere Ranges, and get to camp out in the wilderness. If you’re a keen ‘tramper’ (as the New Zealanders call hikers), try the tough Hilary Trail which stretches for 75 kilometres and will give you a good four days’ walking. For a more sedate voyage, take a day trip through the ranges by car or bus.

It is easy to get around Auckland with buses, trains and ferries all available around the downtown area. The Explorer Bus is a great choice if you want to find out more about the sights of the city. Or if you want to go a little further afield, you can hire a car too.

Auckland Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Auckland

Top hotels in Auckland

Hilton Auckland
Hilton Auckland
5 out of 5
Princes Wharf 147 Quay Street, Auckland
The price is £117 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Auckland Ferry Terminal, Viaduct Harbour and SkyCity Casino. Sky ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (997 reviews)

"Just a great set up & location Staff were all friendly & obliging We will be only staying at Hilton from now on"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2021

Hilton Auckland
SkyCity Hotel
SkyCity Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
The price is £115 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb

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

4.4/5Excellent! (1,459 reviews)

"Nice room. Helpful and friendly staff. 24-hour reception made checking out for an early start easy."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2021

SkyCity Hotel
Auckland Harbour Suites
Auckland Harbour Suites
3.5 out of 5
16 Gore Street, Auckland
The price is £62 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb

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! (2,474 reviews)

"Stayed here before and so handy for everything. Clean, comfy and great views."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2021

Auckland Harbour Suites
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Auckland

Auckland Harbour Suites
Auckland Harbour Suites
3.5 out of 5
16 Gore Street, Auckland
The price is £62 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb

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! (2,474 reviews)

"Stayed here before and so handy for everything. Clean, comfy and great views."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2021

Auckland Harbour Suites
Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
4.5 out of 5
40 Kitchener Street, Auckland
The price is £89 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb

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! (1,012 reviews)

"Love how the apartment had a bath and shower and everything else we needed! Will deffs be booking in with Avani again! 😁👌"…"

Reviewed on 25 Dec 2020

Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
Haka Hotel Suites – Auckland City
Haka Hotel Suites – Auckland City
4 out of 5
2 Day Street, Auckland, Auckland
The price is £78 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb

Located in Newton, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Karangahape Road and Queen Street Shopping District. Sky Tower and Aotea Centre are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (722 reviews)

"This has been my 2nd home for the last couple of years"…"

Reviewed on 21 Jan 2021

Haka Hotel Suites – Auckland City
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

Top things to do in Auckland

Reviews of Auckland

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 32.98429319371728%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 55.49738219895288%
3 - Okay
19
3 - Okay 9.947643979057592%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.5706806282722514%
1 - Terrible
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

11 Mar 2020

Built on 7dormant volcanoes very steep inclines wish I had been fitter

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

3 Mar 2020

Hilly

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Feb 2020

Spent 5 days here but 3 would have been enough.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Feb 2020

Only visited the skytower. Please delete the two entries arked terrible, iclicked by mistake and couldnt amend

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Feb 2020

A lot of road works and building renovations happening at the moment

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Feb 2020

Good free walking tour

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