Imagine a vibrant urban culture where everyone lives within half an hour of secluded beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping. You’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland - a destination consistently ranked in the top five global lifestyle cities.
Auckland feels like the sailing capital of the world: host of two America’s Cups, home to an unrivalled number of yachties, and the geography and climate for perfect sailing. The great bars, restaurants and atmosphere will even keep landlubbers happy, as will March’s other events: cricket, triathlon, rugby, Pasifika, Auckland Cup Week and even a 70,000 strong fun run.
The central city of Auckland looks out to the spectacular Hauraki Gulf, home to more than 50 islands. Within easy reach is Waiheke with fabulous beaches, Pacific Rim dining and numerous wineries. On volcanic Rangitoto Island a one-hour hike to the summit rewards you with breathtaking views of Auckland’s harbour and skyline. Or just a 30 minute flight away you can escape to Great Barrier Island, a tranquil and unspoilt adventurer’s paradise.
The city itself is modern and vibrant; the biggest in New Zealand and the largest Polynesian city in the world. It boasts the tallest tower in the southern hemisphere - the Sky Tower , and a range of leading family attractions. Auckland’s eclectic mix of culture, theatre, art and leading edge fashion provides an array of cosmopolitan experiences. Auckland also provides a huge choice of dining experiences and distinctive Pacific Rim-style cuisine, with more than one thousand restaurants in the region.
Auckland’s fiery volcanic past is evident with more than 48 volcanic cones scattered throughout the region creating a fascinating environment to explore. The Auckland isthmus sits between the pohutukawa-lined shores of the Pacific Ocean, and the contrasting and wildly rugged black-sand beaches of the Tasman Sea. Framed by the Hunua Ranges in the southeast and the rainforest of the Waitakere Ranges in the west, Auckland is an adventure-lover’s paradise with its diverse natural environment. Abseiling down moss-clad forest-enclosed dams offers an exhilarating burst of adrenalin alongside trekking, mountain biking, kayaking and sailing.
To find out more about what to see and do in Auckland, check out aucklandnz.com or contact one of the region’s 12 i-SITE visitor information centres Or sign up to get the latest news on what's happening in Auckland on Facebook or Twitter