AUCKLAND / TĀMAKI MAKAURAU
Welcome to Auckland! A vibrant, multi-cultural city surrounded by water and long-dead volcanoes. Built upon a narrow strip of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, New Zealand’s biggest city provides countless opportunities to get immersed in nature, and because you’re never very far from a beach here, to get out on the water.
Auckland is home to a third of the New Zealand population including the world’s biggest Polynesian population and two thirds of the country’s Asian population. This, of course, means an impressive variety of international and local cuisine as well as an array of exciting cultural events throughout the year. Māori waka (ocean canoe) events, French markets, Polynesian festivals, Chinese New Year and Diwali celebrations all are part of Auckland’s cultural fabric.
The three landmarks you’ll probably encounter while here are the 328m Sky Tower which provides incredible 360º views over the city and lights up at night; Rangitoto Island – a symmetrical (dormant) volcano that sits just off the east coast and visible from most parts of the city; and the Auckland Museum – regarded as one of the finest museums in the Southern Hemisphere that sits atop a hill in the city’s oldest park.
what to do
Queen Street is the main hub of the central city, and at the southern end, Karangahape Road brings a bit of colour, vibrancy and a bohemian flavour to Auckland’s night life. You could easily spend a few days exploring Auckland’s central city filled with vibrant bars, cafes, galleries, museums and shopping precincts, so here’s a quick guide to 25 things to do in the CBD.
Stroll west along Auckland’s waterfront and you’ll find the bustling restaurant area of Wynyard Quarter where you can watch the day’s freshest catch unloaded from the working fishing vessels as you enjoy a pizza or craft beer at one of the bars at the water’s edge.
The Māori name for the Auckland isthmus and the surrounding region translates to ‘the place desired by many’, which refers to battles once waged for possession of its forested hills, fertile volcanic soils and three harbours swimming with seafood. Nowadays, Aucklanders welcome 3.82 million visitors annually to enjoy these natural treasures. We’re pretty sure you’ll fall in love with Auckland. Our head office is based here and we have two hotels and one backpacker lodge in the central city to cater to all the travellers wanting to explore this city.
HAURAKI GULF / Tīkapa Moana
If you have a few days in Auckland either side of your Haka tour, be sure to get out onto the sparkling blue waters of the Hauraki Gulf and explore at least one of its many emerald islands. Catch a ferry from the city and spend a day exploring the uncrowded beaches and world-class wineries of Waiheke Island, or kayak out to Rangitoto Island and walk up to the 260 metre high summit for a spectacular view of Auckland city, the harbour and the mountain ranges beyond.
Within an hour’s drive from the city is Piha – a dramatic black sand beach on the west coast fringed by lush native rainforest and favoured by surfers. The beaches on the east coast are a bit more tame, but just as picturesque with golden sand, sparkling blue waters and safe swimming.
Tours including Auckland
North Island Adventure Tour
Enjoy adventure activities, incredible scenery and fascinating Māori culture as we show you the highlights between Auckland to Wellington.View tour
A sample platter of North and the South Island highlights including the Coromandel, Tongariro, Rotorua, Kaikoura & Christchurch.View tour
New Zealand Uncovered
Uncover all the beauty, adventure, culture and fun activities of New Zealand and tick practically everything off your bucket list.View tour
North Island Trail Hunter MTB Tour
Ride the North Island’s best white-knuckle downhills & single-track flows including the MTB wonderland of Whakarewarewa Forest.View tour
NZ MTB Dreamer Tour
Saddle up for the best NZ MTB tour! Ride Rotorua's Redwood Forest, exhilarating Wanaka & Queenstown + backcountry & private trails.View tour
Amplified NZ Tour
Discover the best of the North and South Island. Tours run from Auckland to Christchurch, or Christchurch to Auckland.View tour
Legendary NZ Tour
Our Legendary Tour lives up to its name, with stupendous scenery, bucket loads of adventure and eye-opening cultural experiences.View tour
Epic NZ Tour
Discover more of NZ than most New Zealanders, as you thoroughly explore the best of both the North and South Islands.View tour
Bay of Islands Winterless North Tour
Travel north of Auckland to discover highlights & hidden gems of the northernmost NZ region that’s rich in Māori history & natural wonders.View tour
An unrushed exploration of the North Island’s top attractions including the Coromandel, Tongariro National Park, Rotorua & Wellington.View tour
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