Auckland is a beautiful city built around a stunning waterfront which has been developed into a vibrant entertainment area with a host of upmarket restaurants, bars and shops.
Other attractions include the magnificent Maritime Museum and the fascinating Antarctic Exhibition at Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World. Nearby, the Auckland War Memorial Museum gives a superb insight into history and culture from New Zealand and around the world. Auckland's Sky Tower, situated in the heart of the city, is a must-visit attraction with incredible views, a range of activities for thrill seekers and a wide range of dining options.
Train and bus services run from Auckland's suburbs directly to and from the city centre. Full timetables and pricing can be found on the Auckland public transport website www.maxx.co.nz.
A short ferry ride from downtown Auckland will take you to the picturesque town of Devonport, a seaside village which is home to a multitude of shops, bars, restaurants and cafes.
A trip to Auckland would not be complete without a visit to Waiheke Island in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf. A 40 minute ferry journey from the city, Waiheke boasts a large number of vineyards and olive groves operating tours and tastings on the island. There are many beaches suitable for swimming and a diverse range of accommodation is available.
Auckland will host WCGALP 2018, as New Zealand's largest city, it is also the international gateway to the rest of the country. Located in the North Island, Auckland's waterside location has fostered the locals' love affair with the sea, earning this place the nickname "City of Sails". Auckland has so much to see and do - there's plenty of entertainment for a few hours, a few days or a few weeks. To get a taste of some of Auckland's unique activities click here.
If you want to venture just out of Auckland, you can take a harbour ferry ride to Waiheke and spend the day visiting wineries or head north of the city to Matakana, to check out Auckland's neighbouring regions. There is so much to experience in this beautiful harbour city - the entertainment options are endless - check out the Must Do's in Auckland.
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Auckland's must do's
Want to find the cool things to do while in Auckland? Click 'Auckland must do's for further information on what's on offer. Below we've included a few ideas to get you started!
Check out the latest exhibits at the Auckland Museum
Take a ferry ride to the seaside village of Devonport
Sail the Waitemata Harbour
Visit waterfalls in the Waitakere Ranges
Take an underwater tour through Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium
See Auckland from the tree tops with EcoZip Adventures
Head out on the harbour on a whale and dolphin safari