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.
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.