Auckland has a huge range of attractions, from the tallest free-standing building in the Southern Hemisphere to up-close encounters with penguins and sharks.

Auckland's needle-like Sky Tower is the city's most prominent landmark at 328 meters high, New Zealand's highest building. If you're looking for a place to snap the perfect city panorama then the observation deck here (reached by zooming up to the top of the building in a glass-elevator) is just the place to get your camera out, with views spanning into the distance for 80 kilometers on a clear day. If you are wanting a thrill, you can take the quick way down by harnessing up and jumping off the edge at Sky Jump.

If you are visiting with your family, say hello to the fish at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium which allows you to get up-close-and-personal with life under the water. For the thrill seekers, ride the rollercoasters at Rainbow's End. At the end of the day soak in the thermal hot pools and ride the water slides at Parakai Springs.

The Auckland War Memorial Museum sits on the highest point of Auckland Domain in a vast Neoclassical building dating from 1929, which was first erected as a memorial dedicated to the New Zealand soldiers who fought in World War I. Today, it houses an impressive collection of artefacts that traces the history of New Zealand from its first Polynesian settlers to the present day and highlights New Zealand's natural heritage.