You won’t be able to get enough of New Zealand’s active lifestyle while you explore the city’s one-of- a-kind landscape. Climb to Auckland’s highest point on the top of Mount Eden, watch the sailboats glide by in Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf, or visit One Tree Hill, one of the city’s largest and most culturally significant volcanoes. When you need to rest, simply sit back, put your feet up, and take in the breathtaking beauty of New Zealand.
Auckland’s diverse population draws on European, Maori, Asian, and Pacific Island influences. With over one million people, it offers urban excitement, nightlife and multiculturalism.
As the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland offers cultural opportunities for everyone, from the symphony to rugby. Auckland is also a gateway to the ocean, beaches, vineyards, sub-tropical rainforests, and snow-capped mountains. The connection Kiwis have to the outdoors and to water is everywhere.
There are more than 130 species of animals at the Auckland Zoo, and the collection is quite impressive. Among the favorites are the Indian Elephants, African lions, colorful parrots, friendly orangutans, giraffes, wallabies, and of course, the New Zealand icon, kiwis! This is one New Zealand attraction that you surely cannot miss.
The Auckland Sky Tower is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand. Located in the Central Business District, the Tower reaches more than 1000 feet into the air and has become iconic of Auckland. The Tower offers magnificent views of the city, and many people climb to the top and dine at one of the restaurants. At night, the Tower changes colors for Auckland holidays and events.
"I called it the North Star because you could see it from most anywhere. My friends and I liked to see what color it was each week." -Inga Shalmiyeva, Skidmore College
Just minutes from miles of clear blue water, Auckland is one of the most beautiful cities in the Southern Hemisphere. A boat tour is the perfect way to enjoy and see Auckland. Many companies offer different boat tours, including speed boats and sailboats. Some tours even will travel to the Great Barrier Island, approximately 100 miles off the coast of Auckland.