Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland is an urban oasis.
World-class shopping and phenomenal dining are never too far from harbours, islands, native bush and black-sand beaches. Go sky diving or whale watching, hike an ancient volcanic cone, sip local award-winning wine, or star gaze from the International Dark Sky Sanctuary of Great Barrier Island.
Lonely Planet describes Auckland as ‘geographically blessed’; ringed with beautiful beaches, sitting on a beautiful harbour, surrounded by native bush, rich with volcanoes to climb and take in views from and also, as New Zealand’s largest city, large enough in population to have a diverse and exciting dining and cultural scene. It’s a thriving cosmopolitan city where you can be on the water, in the bush or up a mountain within minutes of the CBD, and sipping a cocktail at a rooftop bar not long after - the best of all worlds.
The Auckland of the past few years has finally taken advantage of its prime position on the Waitemata Harbour, with the development of world-class waterfront areas, and a more pedestrian friendly CBD to become the most vibrant city in the South Pacific. Auckland is packed with amazing restaurants, bars, cafes, parks, and world-class attractions, most of which are easily accessed from the CBD hotels. The result is a city that can cater for couples and friends, families, or conferences and events with style; a city suited to the cosmopolitan types yet also the action-seeking or outdoorsy, a city that has just as much to offer the visitor from other parts of NZ as the overseas tourist.
Auckland is also the gateway to the wonders of New Zealand's far north, the natural geothermal features of the Bay of Plenty, and an easy day trip to a significant part of ‘Middle Earth’ – Hobbiton. Experience New Zealand's rugged and beautiful landscape in the world-renowned Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks. Be guided by the best with Adrift Guided Outdoor Adventures.