An Auckland holiday is the best way to discover New Zealand’s largest city. Auckland is the perfect mix of nature, beaches, and cultural city experiences. Discover Auckland Domain, the cities largest and oldest park, bike ride among exotic plant beds, museums, and volcanic amphitheatre. Auckland’s unique sea life aquarium invites you to swim with sharks and be surrounded by stingrays in the tunnels along the harbourfront. Head offshore to Waiheke Island, a place the local’s joke is so warm, it makes neighbouring Australians appear unsocial. Visit Auckland with Tourlane and discover a trip that’s perfect for families, couples, and solo travellers alike.
Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium
Auckland Sky Tower
Auckland Harbour Bridge
Kelly Tarlton’s is a sea life aquarium with a penguin colony, shark cage, and over 30 exhibits. If you’re a fan of marine life, 80 species from the underworld of the Southern Ocean are here. Tunnels in the aquarium bring you next to the Sandtiger and Broadnose shark. A shipwreck tour, seahorse kingdom, and an Antarctic adventure are particularly excellent for children and families.
Auckland Domain is 75 hectares of park located in the suburb of Grafton. A crater formed from volcanic activity is now an amphitheatre for live performances. The aptly named and tree-lined Lovers Walk is particularly special when flowers bloom. Wintergardens, a museum, and a greenhouse with tropical plants invite you to spend a day in this delightful park. An Auckland holiday attraction nature lovers shouldn’t miss.
Auckland’s retail centre is Queen Street and offers you the chance to indulge in a day of luxurious fashion stores, eateries, and beauty boutiques. The city's main shopping district is full of high-class design and restaurant menus that provide delectable options throughout the day. Try a Scandinavian styled breakfast, or if a little later, a cocktail after a well-earned day of self-indulgence.
No Auckland holiday is complete without a visit to the Sky Tower. It’s the tallest in New Zealand, standing at 328 metres. Enjoy dinner and an astoundingly beautiful 360 view of the city at the very top. If daring enough, you can base jump from the tower, or attach yourself to a safety line and take a walk along its edge.
Viaduct Harbour features boutique shops, modern apartments, and sailing boats that anchor at the harbourfront. Explore the foodie delights on offer at the waters edge after a stroll along a bridge is Auckland tour must-do. End your day with a glass of crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in hand and people watch as the sea stirs at one of several excellent bars.
Affectionately known by locals as the “Coat Hanger,” a walk across Auckland’s Harbour Bridge is also an opportunity to indulge in adventure. Bungee jump towards the waters of Shoal Bay or bridge climb to the top to enjoy peaking views of the city below you.
A 40-minute ferry ride from Auckland is the blissful and beach-lined, Waiheke Island. A perfect break from the bustling city, a trip to this relaxing island is a favourite insider tip from locals. Local wineries producing Shiraz have been award-winning for years. Did we mention the food? Try the crayfish or mana lamb rump and see why so many consider Waiheke Island the ideal holiday retreat.
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