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Located towards the top of the North Island, Auckland is the largest and most heavily populated city in New Zealand. Easily accessible by all modes of transport, Auckland offers many tourist attractions all close to the modern CBD area. The Auckland climate is quite moderate, and one of the sunniest cities in the country. A scenic and cosmopolitan destination, Auckland is perfect for exploring mountains, coastlines and cultural sites.
Mount Eden Volcano
To give you a proper appreciation of the Auckland landscape and its various volcanic cones, take some time to explore one of the accessible volcanoes, such as Mount Eden. Mount Eden is the highest, at 196 metres, providing remarkable Auckland views out into the Waitemata Harbour. Drive, walk, or take a guided tour and you’ll even discover former Maori settlements.
Auckland’s oldest suburb is full of history, culture, tourist sights and nightlife. Auckland Domain is the city’s oldest park, and at over 75 hectares, it’s a perfect opportunity to actively explore or relax. Displays of colonial history are found everywhere you look, from the heritage buildings to the Auckland Museum. You’ll soon see why the suburb is referred to as ‘boutique’ with beautiful and unique shops and eateries that line the pretty streets, creating an exclusive vibe.
Auckland’s main tourist strip is a bustling area full of attractions and eateries. Named after Queen Victoria, the 3km shopping strip embraces modern Auckland city culture through retail and dining establishments. Live music, nightlife, boutiques, casinos, department stores and designer brands are all around this iconic strip. The 360-degree views from The Sky Tower are incredible (for those willing to brave New Zealand’s tallest man-made tower). Or, simply indulge at the SKYCITY restaurants to get your Queen Street views.
Waiheke Island is the third-most populated island after the North and South islands, and is a beautiful coastal escape just 35 minutes by ferry from Auckland. Located in the Hauraki Gulf, the island is accessible by water and air, and is a must-see if you're keen to take part in any water-based activities. Also referred to as the Island of Wine, there are countless beaches to explore and lots of great food. The secluded beaches and serene national reserves are ideal for a romantic and memorable couples’ adventure.