Auckland

New Zealand’s largest urban centre combines the very best nature has to offer with sophisticated dining, shopping and nightlife experiences.

Auckland boasts stunning beaches 20 minutes from the city, a beautiful island paradise just a short ferry ride away and hiking trails aplenty. Add to this world class restaurants making the most of New Zealand’s famed natural produce and local wineries, a glamorous entertainment scene attracting some of the biggest acts in music and theatre and a deep, culturally rich history, and it’s easy to see why this North Island hub has regularly been voted as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

Only a short 3 hour flight from Brisbane or Sydney, Auckland is the perfect short vacation for east coast Aussies with little time to spare. For adventurers in search of something longer, the City of Sails offers up plenty to keep even the most seasoned traveller satiated.

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Population 1.415 million
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Area 1,086 km2
Bay of Islands
Electricity 220 – 240v 50Hz
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Languages English (official)
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Dining

High quality, locally grown and sourced produce coupled with a sophisticated international flavour. It’s these traits which have seen Auckland develop a world-class dining scene, teaming with options to cater for even the most discerning of palates.

The Precincts. Restaurants in the Viaduct and Wynyard Quarter precincts have quality menus with a range of fresh caught produce and stunning, waterfront views. If you’re after something a little more casual, the Auckland Fish Market is a short stroll from the Viaduct and provides hearty lunchtime fare. The Federal Street precinct has also developed a reputation as a foodie hotspot, and provides access to the city’s iconic Sky Tower, where diners can enjoy 360 degree views of the city from the tower’s revolving restaurant. An Auckland classic, Ponsby Road continues to shine as one of Auckland’s hippest streets, with chic cafes and restaurants scattered between boutique fashion, art and craft stores. Venture a little away from the city centre to the upmarket suburb of Parnell, where you’ll find a range of modern and international cuisine stretching from the elegant to the casual along the suburb’s namesake road.

For the coffee lovers. Many high quality coffee options await in Auckland and its surrounds, where you can enjoy both local and internationally sourced beans and brews. An increasing number of bike-friendly cafes give a nod to the city’s growing bike culture and are a great option if you’re exploring the city on two wheels.

Something more adventurous? Combine your love of adventure and passion for food and wine with a food and wine tour on Waiheke Island. Located an easy 40 minute cruise from Auckland Central in the Hauraki Gulf, the island boasts over 30 wineries and an array of restaurants and cafes serving locally produced fare, with many offering patrons views of the island’s breathtaking scenery.

Shopping

From sophisticated, high end brands to local designers and eclectic boutiques, shopping adventures await on the streets of Auckland.

Auckland CBD. If you’re looking for high quality, centrally located shopping options, look no further than the CBD. Lower Queen Street and its side streets offer shoppers access to high end fashion brands and boutique stores while nearby High Street proudly displays a range of New Zealand labels.

Britomart. Located near the Waitemata Harbour, this centrally located precinct combines a rich history as Auckland’s first mercantile centre with trendy boutiques and stores displaying the wares of both local designers and international high end retailers.

Newmarket. Touted as New Zealand’s shopping capital, Newmarket plays host to the pinnacle of New Zealand fashion. For high end local and international designers, head to Nuffield Street and Teed Streets while op-shoppers will appreciate the variety of second hand and vintage wear and pop up stalls.

Parnell. This ultra-stylish suburb is known for its upmarket clothing labels, designer homewares and stunning handmade jewellery. Wander the streets to fully appreciate the effortless blend of heritage and modern vibes, take in an art gallery and refuel at one of Parnell’s trendy cafes.

Ponsby Road. Auckland’s hippest street has it all; international and local fashion designers, eclectic vintage wares, high-end homewares and unique jewellery. A must-do for shopping lovers visiting Auckland. Fuel up with a coffee from a funky café and be sure to take in local arts and craft as you stroll leisurely along the street.

Otara Markets. Take a scenic Saturday morning drive to the popular Otara Markets to appreciate the depth of New Zealand’s Polynesian influence. Pick through lanes of art, food and vintage clothing stalls or pick up some Maori, Samoan, Tongan, Niue art and crafts.

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