Al­ways some­thing to do in Auck­land!

The Maori name for Auck­land is Ta­maki Makau­rau – the place de­sired by many. And what's not to love? Auck­land se­duces vis­i­tors with its cos­mopoli­tan ur­ban cen­tre sand­wiched be­tween two stun­ning har­bours and strings of beau­ti­ful beaches.

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For selfie-in­duc­ing views of the city and sur­round­ing wa­ters, stand atop a vol­cano – there's 48 of them dot­ted across Auck­land. Stroll around the 50-me­tre­deep crater on Mount Eden, a spot seeped in Maori his­tory, or ex­plore lava caves and po­hutakawa forests on Ran­gi­toto Is­land, a 25-minute ferry ride from the city cen­tre. In­dulge in high tea at the Corn­wall Park Bistro before head­ing up One Tree Hill, or bring a torch to check out the un­der­ground maze of tun­nels and old gun em­place­ments at North Head.

Park up at Westhaven Ma­rina to spy on sleek su­pery­achts before strolling the water­front prom­e­nade to the buzzing Wyn­yard Quar­ter. Keep an eye out for the pub­lic pi­ano, lay back on a bean bag with a book bor­rowed from the colour­ful ship­ping con­tainer li­brary, and ap­pre­ci­ate art at an ex­hi­bi­tion in a re­pur­posed ce­ment silo. On Fri­day nights in sum­mer, fill up on yummy street food from Silo Park's food trucks then catch a flick un­der the stars at the out­door cin­ema.

Ex­pe­ri­ence a slice of France in the city-side sub­urb of Par­nell. On week­end morn­ings un­til 1pm, it's home to La Ci­gale French Mar­ket, voted Auck­land's best food mar­ket by Metro mag­a­zine for the last eight years. Grab an ex­quis­ite eclair from Aman­dine, who sell a mouth­wa­ter­ing se­lec­tion of French style patis­series, or an au­then­tic crepe from French-

Pack an ap­petite along with your golf clubs, Auck­land is home to a melt­ing pot of cul­tures, reflected in the lips­mack­ingly good menus of the city's thou­sands of cafes and restau­rants.

im­ports Naomi and Tom. Stock up on pic­nic sup­plies and dine al­fresco at the nearby Par­nell Rose Gar­dens, where there's stun­ning views over the Waitem­ata Har­bour.

Drive across the Auck­land Har­bour Bridge to Taka­puna Beach, the un­of­fi­cial ‘cap­i­tal' of the city's North Shore. Get out on the wa­ter with a stand-up pad­dle board­ing les­son or soak up the sea views from the safety of a ta­ble at the swanky Taka­puna Beach Cafe. Slip off your shoes and join the lo­cals for a stroll along the white-sand beach or bring your ac­tive wear to tackle the coastal walk­way link­ing Taka­puna with neigh­bour­ing Mil­ford Beach. Vis­it­ing on a Sun­day? Trawl the bustling carpark mar­ket, where you can find any­thing from fresh fruit and veg to crafts, fur­ni­ture and an­tiques. Time your trip back over the bridge to see the bright night lights of the CBD.

Pack an ap­petite along with your golf clubs, Auck­land is home to a melt­ing pot of cul­tures, reflected in the lips­mack­ingly good menus of the city's thou­sands of cafes and restau­rants. Hang with the hip­sters at Pon­sonby Cen­tral,

a laneway of street ven­dorstyle eater­ies and funky bars. On the Bal­moral sec­tion of Do­min­ion Road, dis­cover hand-pulled noo­dles, pil­low­soft dumplings, and siz­zling hot­pots that can hold their own on the streets of Shang­hai or Bei­jing. Sniff out the block of shops on San­dring­ham Road dubbed Auck­land's ‘Lit­tle In­dia', where hid­den down a nar­row al­ley­way you'll dis­cover the won­der­ful Satya Spice And Chai Shop.

Es­cape to Auck­land's wild west coast. Here sil­very break­ers smash onto shim­mer­ing black-sand beaches, sep­a­rated from the sub­urbs by the brood­ing bush clad hills of the Waitakere Ranges. Climb iconic Lion Rock at Piha, hike a sec­tion of the mag­nif­i­cent 76 kilome­tre Hil­lary Trail, swim be­neath the six-tier Kitekite Falls, or get up close to gan­nets at Muri­wai, where about 1200 pairs of the birds nest on rocky clifftops

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Evening view of Viaduct Basin, Auck­land.

Sail­ing on the Waitem­ata Har­bour.

Te Wero Is­land and city sky­line, Viaduct Har­bour, Cen­tral Auck­land.

Sea­plane and wine at Wai­heke Is­land, Hau­raki Gulf.

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