Located on New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland is the largest city in the country and is a popular international gateway for overseas visitors. Famous for the American’s Cup yacht race, Auckland also enjoys an excellent range of things to do. Ranked among the top ten lifestyle destinations in the world, Auckland offers a variety of leisure activities and nature-based attractions as well as some popular historical, cultural and man-made attractions.
Enjoy the view from the southern hemisphere’s highest town at the Sky Tower, and even climb to the crow’s nest or jump off the tower if you’re especially brave. You can also take a leisurely cruise to picturesque Devonport or any one of the 50 islands that surround Auckland. However the Auckland Museum features the largest collection of South Pacific and Maori artefacts in the world and you won’t want to miss the daily Maori concert. The National Maritime Museum also has its own daily Polynesian performance. The Auckland Art Gallery’s collection also offers more than just works of art.
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However if you’re here to indulge, the wineries of Waiheke Island and West Auckland have indulgence in spades. Perhaps you’d rather spoil yourself at the excellent restaurants of Parnell, Ponsonby or the seaside St Heliers and Mission Bay. Viaduct Basin, High Street, Vulcan Lane and Lorne Street also offer vibrant nightlife. Alternatively, shop up a storm on Queen Street, Vulcan Lane, Newmarket, Parnell, Ponsonby, Devonport Village and the Victoria Park and Otara Markets offering everything from boutiques, jewellery and designer fashion to handmade arts and crafts.
For magnificent views over the city check out Auckland Bridge Climb
Of course if you’re more interested in nature and wildlife things to do, head to Mission Bay’s Antarctic Encounter and Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World. The Auckland Zoo in Western Springs is also a must see and the kids will love Manukau City’s Rainbow's End Amusement Park. Stroll spectacular gardens including the Domain, Albert Park and Parnell Rose Garden or catch the ferry to Rangitoto where you can hike pohutakawa forest to the spectacular views from the summit. For a truly spectacular thing to do, visit the yawning, extinct volcanic crater of Mt Eden.