Auckland

Surrounded by glistening harbours, rolling green hills and volcanic islands, Auckland is a picturesque city of natural beauty.

Amongst the earthy elements sit vibrant shopping and dining districts where fashion, food, art and local history radiate the city’s cosmopolitan appeal.

Complementing this cultural penchant, Auckland is also a draw card for sporting aficionado and adventure seekers; traits that make the harbour city New Zealand’s biggest all-rounder.

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Population 1.3 million
Roberton Island, Bay of Islands
Auckland
Currency New Zealand dollar (NZD)
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Languages English (official)
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Electricity 220 – 240v 50Hz
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Time Zone GMT +12
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Area 1,086 km2
Dining

New Zealand’s prosperous agricultural economy has seen Auckland develop a diverse and flourishing dining culture.

Sample the country’s Polynesian influences and fresh local produce with a relaxed Sunday stroll through the Avondale Markets.

Take the hassle out of cooking, drop into one of four BurgerFuel restaurants for great no-fuss, crowd-pleasing dining experience.

Soak in the city’s cosmopolitan vibe at the Ponsonby Road Bistro on Ponsonby Road – runner up in Cuisine Magazine’s 2011 NZ Restaurant of The Year for Best Casual Dining, described as “The place to see and be seen”.

Book a table at one of Viaduct Harbour’s 30 plus restaurants for an up-beat casual dining experience on the harbour. Don’t stop short at the harbour’s entrance, explore past the bridge to North Wharf for a scenic setting.

Sample the region’s finest drops, day trip to Waiheke Island. Indulge in wines from surrounding boutique vineyards, while dining at acclaimed gourmet restaurants.

Take in the city in all its splendour at Sky City’s iconic Sky Tower – the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere. Enjoy a three course meal at the tower’s revolving restaurant, Orbit; or feast on a buffet at Observatory. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Shopping

Auckland’s endless laneways and scattered precincts house a thriving retail industry, full of local fashion heroes and world-class designers.

To experience all that the city has to offer take to foot and wander the streets; visiting the city’s countless quirky stores and chic boutiques. Ponsonby Road, K Road, the Britomart precinct and Remuera, are Auckland’s hippest retail areas.

Holding claim as New Zealand’s fashion capital, Newmarket hosts the crème-de-la-crème of New Zealand fashion. Karen Walker, New Zealand’s most famous style queen, has two flagship stores in the area; showcasing her effortless and unpretentious garbs and accessories. Swing by another New Zealand favourite, Zambesi for on-trend and luxurious basics.

For a one-stop shopping experience drop into retail giant, Westfield. Westfield on Queen Street houses over 70 stores, offering everything from fashion to home wares and electronics to souvenirs; while Newmarket’s Westfield hosts a number of New Zealand and Australian fashion luminaries.

Take a scenic Saturday morning drive to the popular Otara Markets for a rich insight into New Zealand’s Polynesian influences. Shop with the locals, and pick through lanes of art, food, vintage and clothing stalls.

Auckland Holidays 
Skycity Grand Hotel
Skycity Grand Hotel
5 stars
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3 nights from $ 657 pp twin share* earn from 1971 Points^
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return airfares
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3 nights accommodation
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Travel dates
11/07/2015 to 20/09/2015
04/10/2015 to 13/12/2015
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15/09/2015
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
5 stars
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3 nights from $ 699 pp twin share* earn from 2096 Points^
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return airfares
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3 nights accommodation
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tours and activities also available

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11/07/2015 to 20/09/2015
04/10/2015 to 13/12/2015
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15/09/2015
The Quadrant Hotel & Suites Auckland
The Quadrant Hotel & Suites Auckland
4 stars
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3 nights from $ 768 pp twin share* earn from 2304 Points^
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Travel dates
06/11/2015 to 09/11/2015
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31/10/2015