Visiting Auckland

(Auckland, New Zealand)

Auckland is situated on the North Island of New Zealand and is often known as the 'City of Sails', due to its love of sailing.

The city of Auckland stands alongside the coastline and Hauraki Gulf, and is home to many scenic bays and breathtaking scenery. Auckland is particularly famous for its role in the America's Cup yachting regatta, amongst other noteworthy annual events.

Visiting Auckland: Places to Visit

  • Bus tours of Auckland, providing one of the easiest ways to sightsee in the city, with hop-on / hop-off tickets allowing you to explore appealing areas
  • Balloon flights, a particularly memorable way to view the Auckland area, offering spectacular scenery and a glass of champagne
  • Cruises around Auckland, departing along the north-eastern coastline, with various packages available, including evening dinner cruises
  • Walking trails in Auckland, known in New Zealand as tramping, with a number of popular scenic trails available, many of which feature some of the best coastal views available in the city
  • Viaduct Harbour, a particularly lively part of the city, lined with restaurants, bars and cafés
  • Achilles Point, with spectacular views and popular picnic areas, located along Cliff Road on the eastern side of Auckland
  • Bastion Point, offering views of the Hauraki Gulf, standing on Tamaki Drive, close to central Auckand, with nearby gardens and areas of natural beauty
  • Mission Bay, home to a host of sandy beaches, shops, restaurants and playground areas for children
  • North Head, notable military remains, situated along Auckland's northern shore and featuring long underground tunnels
  • Western Springs, containing numerous lakes which have attracted a host of local flora and fauna, located in the centre of Auckland and also home to a number of walking trails and scenic picnic areas
  • Sky Tower, an impressive structure which offers superb city views and has become one of the most iconic symbols of Auckland, featuring a high revolving restaurant
  • Auckland Town Hall, renowned for its Italian-style facade and home to two spacious halls, regularly hosting major events and concerts, attracting large crowds
  • Theatres in Auckland, including Aotea Centre at Queen Street, Auckland Theatre Company along Wellesley Street West, Civic on Queen Street and Pumphouse Theatre and Gallery at Killarney Park
  • Mountains, many of which dominate Auckland's surrounding scenery, with the most notable including Mount Eden, Mount Victoria, Mount Wellington and the Waitakere Ranges
  • Auckland Harbour Bridge, a notable landmark which was built in the mid-20th century, crossing the city's Waitemata Harbour and offering unusual bridge climbs
  • Museum of Transport and Technology and Social History (MOTAT), full of interesting displays of modes of transport from Auckland's past
  • Auckland Art Gallery, an attractive Victorian building housing many spectacular works of art from all around the world

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