Things to do in Auckland

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Auckland Attractions

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Auckland, New Zealand, is one of the most amazing vacation destinations on the planet. This city is a meeting point for people from all over the world. Don't be fooled by Auckland's remote location on the map. New Zealand is a land of wonder and adventure. Is Auckland calling your name? Let Expedia.com help you plan a trip to the famous City of Sails.

The Best Attractions in Auckland

Auckland tours are a whirlwind experience of beauty, light, and sound. There are so many things to do in Auckland! The ecosystem of Auckland and the surrounding area make it a versatile travel destination. You can lounge on the beach or have encounters with wildlife on the same day you can shop at high-end retail spots.

Transportation around Auckland is a breeze thanks to the Britomart Transport Centre. This terminal links travelers to the various compartments of the city. Downtown Auckland is something every tourist must see and experience to truly appreciate the New Zealand lifestyle. The city is modern and friendly. Queen Street serves as Auckland's main hub of activity. This is where tourists can mingle with the locals and enjoy access to incredible shopping and dining opportunities. The residents of New Zealand share their slice of the planet with species like dolphins and whales. Visitors are encouraged to visit the Glenfern Sanctuary on Great Barrier Island for the opportunity to encounter dozens of native species of animals in a clean and safe habitat.

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A visit to Viaduct Harbour is essential for every soul who visits the city. The harbour offers stunning views of the water and a chance to admire the bountiful number of yachts parked in the distance. Tourists and locals gather at midday each day to witness the cannon sounding. Be sure to take part in this Auckland tradition. Natives of the city have a reputation for being friendly and helpful to tourists.

Auckland Excursions Outside the City

West Auckland is one of the top spots for getting away from the hustle and bustle of the Queen City. West Auckland is lined by unending beaches. Visitors are treated to amazing views of the surf of the Tasman Sea. Volcanic sand and wild forest dominate the landscape. West Auckland is a close distance to Woodhill Forest. This is the ultimate destination for mountain biking or tree canopy activities.

Plan your visit to the land of the SuperCity today. You just might make local friends to last a lifetime and memories you will treasure forever. Auckland, New Zealand, is one of the best places on the globe to experience a thriving natural environment just minutes from a beautiful modern city.

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Top places to visit

1. Sky Tower

The Sky Tower is Auckland’s most prominent landmark. The 1,076-foot (328-meter) tower offers views that stretch for 50 miles (80 kilometers) in every direction. Look out over the city, across the harbor and up to the mountains.
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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.

2. Piha Beach

The black sand shores and rolling surf of Piha Beach are 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Auckland on the western coast of the Waitakere Ranges. The beach is characterized by imposing cliffs and wild subtropical rain forest.
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Clear waters, rolling surf and black sand shores are surrounded by emerald cliffs and sub-tropical rain forest at this remote beach.

3. Auckland Domain

Auckland Domain, known to locals as The Domain, has been a public garden since 1860. The land was once a Maori “pa,” a defended settlement used for crop growing and food storage. The land has an unusual formation, due to its origin as an extinct volcano. Natural amphitheaters make it the perfect place for sports grounds, and the fertile volcanic soil feeds the many exotic trees, gardens and native bushland in the 185-acre (75-hectare) park.
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This park was once an active volcano, and today it features exotic trees, sculptural artworks and a museum.

4. Orewa Beach

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Orewa Beach, a popular beach in Auckland.
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Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Orewa Beach, a popular beach in Auckland.

5. Viaduct Harbour

Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour is the city’s chic waterfront entertainment precinct. Spend a day wandering around the marina checking out super yachts, cruising the harbour on a pleasure craft trip or plunging into the fascinating history of the North Island’s seafarers at a museum. Experience some of Auckland’s finest dining at the waterfront restaurants or meet friends and chill out in atmospheric bars, watching the city light up at nightfall.
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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.

6. Auckland Zoo

Auckland’s 40-acre (16-hectare) zoo features nearly 140 species of animals, many of them rare and endangered. See white rhinos and Sumatran tigers. Discover the biodiversity of our planet as you wander through savannah, aviary and swamp habitats and see the 1,000 animals that call the zoo home.
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Encounter rare and endangered species from New Zealand and across the globe, including the pygmy marmoset and the huge white rhino.

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