Auckland City Life

In Auckland, all the assets of a modern city are enhanced by an amazing range of close-at-hand outdoor leisure and adventure activities.

From SKYCITY, just half an hour’s travel can land you on a sub-tropical island or high in the rain forested ranges of the west. You could just as easily find yourself eating alfresco at a vineyard or teeing off on a world-famous golf course. At any point of the compass, adventures are waiting.

Back in the CBD, Auckland’s personality is bold and fashionable. Everything you see, hear, taste or touch has a twist of South Pacific originality. Cuisine standards are high, the nightclub scene is jumping and designer shopping precincts provide great retail entertainment.

Great things to do in Auckland

  • Cruise to the volcanic island Rangitoto, then hike to the summit.
  • Ramble around the Waitakere Ranges or go canyoning through pools, waterfalls and slides.
  • Walk over Auckland’s iconic harbour bridge or bungy jump off it.
  • Quad bike through Woodhill Forest, then blast along Muriwai Beach.
  • Discover the city’s early history on the Tamaki Hikoi – a Maori guided walk.
  • Zoom up the Sky Tower for huge views of Auckland, followed by Sky Jump or Sky Walk.
  • Cruise the harbour on a yacht or catch a ferry to the historic seaside town of Devonport.
  • Visit Waiheke Island to discover wineries, beaches, craft shops and cafés.
  • Visit the Otara Market, the world’s largest Polynesian market.
  • Drive through the countryside to Clevedon, a genteel rural village that specialises in authentic arts and handcrafts. 
  • Enjoy a round of golf at Formosa, a world-class golf course with blockbuster sea views.
  • Discover the tunnels and disappearing guns of North Head Historic Reserve, remnants of New Zealand’s World War II defences.
  • Play golf at Gulf Harbour, a cliff top golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II.
  • Catch a ferry to Tiritiri Matangi, an island bird sanctuary in the Hauraki Gulf.
  • Drive north to Waiwera Thermal Resort for a dip in the hot pools or a relaxing massage
  • Go snorkelling at Goat Island Marine Reserve – the fish are incredibly friendly.

About New Zealand

New Zealand was one of the last places on the planet to be discovered by humans. Ancestors of our Maori people began arriving here about 700 years ago; European settlers followed about 500 years later.

Today the country's population is just 4.2 million, even though our land area is just a little less than Italy. This means there's plenty of room for fantastic scenery and unforgettable experiences.

Within the three main islands that form New Zealand - North Island, South Island and Stewart Island - there is an amazing variety of landscapes. Volcanic landforms, geothermal areas and spectacular beaches give the North Island its point of difference, while the South Island has huge mountain ranges, dramatic fiords and beautiful river plains. Stewart Island is almost entirely protected national park - a world barely touched by development.

In New Zealand you can have the sort of holiday you need, with a wonderfully original twist. Whether you want to relax and indulge or engage in some of the adventure activities that our country is famous for, expect to have the time of your life.

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