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What to see in Auckland
Auckland is a city that’s home to volcanic hills, the twin harbours, bays, beaches, and islands. Known as the “City of Sails”, Auckland has more boats per person anywhere in the world. It’s a popular city destination for its mix of cultures, rural destinations, and natural attractions. You’ll want to spend days just sightseeing!
Nature-trippers will love Auckland. You can hike a volcano at Rangitoto or walk to the top of Mt. Eden for breathtaking views of the city. There’s also Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens where you can walk lush nature trails filled with sculptures for fun photo ops.
For a nice picnic outdoors, hop on a bus to Western Springs and be greeted by playful pukeko (swamp hens), ducks, and geese. Hang out with more wildlife at Auckland Zoo to see penguins, kiwis, owls, and more. Are you fonder of marine animals? Seahorses, turtles, and their friends are waiting for you at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium. You can even walk underwater with their glass viewing tunnels and see marine life like never before.
Continue your aqua adventure and head to Auckland’s beautiful beaches like Orewa beach, Anchor Bay, and the famous Piha beach for surfies. Since Auckland is called the “City of Sails”, you have to go sailing. Try the Waitemata Harbour where you can go cruising to see Auckland’s landmarks, including sailing under the Harbour Bridge.
Want more panoramic views of the city? Then your next stop is The Auckland Sky Tower. Thrill-seekers should have a crack at the tower’s SkyWalk and SkyJump. Brave your way through a narrow and handrail-less walkway high above Auckland. Then Base Jump off the Sky Tower and land at Sky City’s plaza where the crowd will applaud you for being a daredevil!
If shopping is what makes your heart race, go to Auckland’s top shopping precincts like Ponsonby, Newmarket, Britomart Precint, Parnell, and Karangahape Road. Then complete your trip and taste what the city has to offer with this Auckland food guide.
When to visit Auckland
Auckland’s weather is pleasant year-round. The best time to visit depends on what you’ll do in the city. For outdoor activities like exploring the town, summer’s your best bet. For winter activities, travel as early as June.
Australian’s only need a valid passport to visit, so you can fly to Auckland any time.
Travelling to and getting around Auckland
You’ll land at the Auckland International Airport, where you reach Auckland by bus, taxi, or airport shuttles.
Auckland’s public transport can be challenging, so we recommend researching your destinations to easily ride the bus, train, and ferry all over the city.
Are you ready for a tiki tour (scenic tour) of the City of Sails? Then book your Auckland flights with us today!
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