Create Travel Snap

In Short

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.

Popular Posts on Auckland

Popular Posts

Roberton Island, Bay of Islands

New Zealand's North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui) is a happening atoll brimming with regional riches. Travellers are drawn to the Island by cosmopolitan cities like Auckland and Wellington, and are wowed by landscapes of active volcanoes, lush farmlands, island sanctuaries, and vibrant culture. New Zealand's northernmost region, Northland is a spectacular starting point for a North Island adventure...

New Zealand Summer Guide

There’s more to New Zealand than world-famous winter adventures. Summer primes the Land of the Long White Cloud with incredible scenery, exceptional outdoor pursuits and an exciting calendar of events. To inspire you to plan a holiday worth remembering, we’ve sourced the best of New Zealand’s summertime settings.

Takutai Square at Britomart

There’s a heave to Britomart, befitting of its history as a port district. This area of exposed-brick warehouses is wedged between downtown proper and the harbour. It has been newly rediscovered by Aucklanders of all types. It is new and very changeable — stores open, buildings are redeveloped, and it shifts and evolves every few months. Not long ago the area was a symbol of urban decline....

Auckland's skyline over water

Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest all-rounder. Among the city’s extraordinary earthy elements sit vibrant districts loaded with cultural, cosmopolitan and adventurous appeal.Straddling two harbours — dotted with 48 volcanic cones — and surrounded by rolling green hills, Auckland offers a huge variety of unique sightseeing opportunities. Take a tour on the sparkling waters of the Waitemata and...

Auckland City skyline

There’s an old saying that there are only two kinds of people in New Zealand: those who live in Auckland and those who wish they did. Needless to say, the joke gets a bigger laugh from the 1.5 million residents of the country’s biggest city than in the provinces. But despite its traffic jams and high house prices, Auckland is the powerhouse of the national economy and its residents are very...

Holiday packages

Quick Facts

Population: 
1.3 million
Area: 
1,086 km2
Time Zone: 
GMT +12
Language(s): 
English (official)
Currency: 
New Zealand dollar (NZD)
Electricity: 
220 – 240v 50Hz

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.

+ Upload a Travel Snap

Latest Travel Snaps

Upload a Travel Snap

Vertical Tabs

Vertical Tabs