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As New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland is the gateway to immersing yourself in the energetic culture and wonderful wilderness of this multifaceted country. Often heralded as one of the world’s most liveable cities, Auckland is sure to charm everyone who visits this harbour city. Featuring exemplary museums, a lively harbour scene and adventurous attractions showcasing everything great about New Zealand. Auckland is also situated just steps from New Zealand’s exciting nature - a dormant volcano even sleeps nearby - it is no wonder it is one of the world’s most liveable cities.
Take an underwater adventure in the heart of New Zealand’s largest city. Here you can explore the sea life of the unique Southern Ocean world. Highlights of the aquarium include both the world’s largest sub-arctic penguin colony display and its largest stingray species! Get up close and personal with the aquarium’s sharks with a snorkelling opportunity as well as visits inside the penguin enclosure. Featuring an underwater tunnel, over 30 exhibits and over 80 different species, everyone is sure to be enthralled with a visit here!
Sprawling over 185 acres of downtown Auckland, the Auckland Domain is the city’s oldest park. The park’s most distinct feature is a crater that was formed from volcanic activity, thankfully, over 140,000 years ago! The crater now serves as a natural amphitheatre for large outdoor events. Also at the Domain, one can find the Wintergardens, the Auckland Museum, historic greenhouses with rare tropical plants, as well as several sports fields.
Running from Queens Wharf, adjacent to the local ferry terminal and running for almost 2 miles, Queen street is Auckland’s main shopping district. This street has a little of everything and makes shopping and dining out as easy as it gets. With designer fashion boutiques, the Auckland art gallery and exhilarating adventures like the SkyJump located nearby, you’ll never lack for entertainment on Queen Street! Thankfully, the street is also home to many local pubs and lively bars to help you recharge after an exhausting shopping day.
The tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere, Auckland’s Sky Tower functions as a telecommunications tower but also features an observation deck at a mind-boggling height of 720 feet. Dining facilities include The Sugar Club, Orbit 360 Dining, and the Sky Cafe. For the more adventurous, there is also the SkyJump, where you can perform a base jump off the tower, and the SkyWalk that allows you to walk around the top of the tower while attached to a safety line.
Located in the heart of downtown Auckland, Viaduct Harbour is a mixed-use neighbourhood, featuring residential buildings as well as boutique shops and entertainment facilities. Here you can explore the waterways of the harbour and see the numerous luxury yachts and racing boats that call Viaduct Harbour home. Also renowned as a lively entertainment district, you’ll find many of Auckland’s celebrated fine dining establishments and high-end bars here. This is the best area of Auckland to really get a feel for the country’s close ties to the ocean - especially with a visit to the nearby Maritime Museum.
Since 1959, the “coat hanger”, also known as the Auckland Harbour Bridge, has been one of Auckland’s most recognizable landmarks. Nowadays, the bridge isn’t just a convenient method for entering the city, it is also an adventure playground. Those with a sense of adventure will be happy to note that the bridge features both a bungy jumping opportunity (from 130 feet) as well as a bridge climb the top of the bridge.
Waiheke Island is located just offshore from Auckland, connected to the city by a 40-minute ferry ride. Recently named one of the best destinations (island or not) in the world, Waiheke is home to nearly 10,000 residents and many holiday homes as well. The island’s main claim to fame are the pristine beaches found around the island and the local wineries, who have been winning awards for their Syrah grapes for years.
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