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is situated on and around a narrow neck of land that is flanked by two
magnificent harbours - the Waitemata to the east and the Manukau to the
Auckland's amazing geography and warm, humid climate has inspired a lifestyle
that's regularly ranked in the world's top ten. In just half an hour you
can be almost anywhere - sailing to an island, trekking through the rainforest,
picnicking on a volcano, sampling wines at a vineyard or wandering a wild,
black sand surf beach. Auckland's layout makes it easy to jump quickly
from one theme to another.
is New Zealand's largest city, with a multicultural population of over
a million, it has a fascinating blend of Polynesian and European culture.
Cup activity has added an infusion of exciting new restaurants and bars.
In the stylish precincts of Parnell, Ponsonby and Viaduct Basin, scores
of restaurants compete for your attention.
port of entry for most international visitors and, because there is so
much to do and see it's worth pre-planning to fit as much as possible
into your stay.
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- See the
city from Sky Tower - great views and technical wizardry, and highest
tower in the Southern Hemisphere. For the adrenalin seekers, you can
climb to the top crows nest, or jump off!
- Take a
harbour cruise to one of the 50 islands surrounding Auckland, or the
pretty village of Devonport.
the daily Maori concert and the world's largest collection of Maori
and South Pacific artifacts at the Auckland Museum.
also a daily Polynesian performance at the National Maritime Museum.
the city on the Explorer Bus.
- Drop in
to the West Auckland or Waiheke Island wineries.
out the restaurants in the inner suburbs of Parnell and Ponsonby or
the seaside suburbs of Mission Bay and St Heliers.
- For nightlife,
head for the narrow arteries of Lorne Street, High Street and Vulcan
Lane, as well as the bustling Viaduct Basin.
- Get in
a round of golf.
- Shop till
you drop in the arcades and side streets off Queen Street (commercial
centre). For designer fashion and jewellery, start in Vulcan Lane. There
are many chic boutiques in the inner suburb of Newmarket and other great
spots (with an array of cafes and restaurants) are Parnell, Ponsonby
and Devonport Village. For craft and fun, the Victoria Park Market bustles
7 days a week or the Otara Market in South Auckland for the terrific
Saturday flea market.
Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World and Antarctic Encounter near Mission
- For the
kids there's the Rainbow's End Amusement Park at Manukau City or the
Auckland Zoo at Western Springs.
- Over 10,000
works of art are to be found in Auckland Art Gallery.
magnificent gardens like the Parnell Rose Garden, Albert Park and the
a ferry to Rangitoto and hike through the pohutakawa forest to the summit
and spectacular views. Also great views and a look at the volcanic past
from Mt Eden with its yawning, extinct crater.
- Get in
some adventure - jump onto a yacht, into a kayak, under a wave or out
of a plane.