Auckland is likely to be your gateway to New Zealand, and is certainly worth a couple of days to experience the cosmopolitan mix of the Polynesian world’s largest city. Known as the ‘City of Sails’, there are plenty of reasons to take to the water here.
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland is known as the ‘City of Sails’ and there are plenty of reasons to take to the water here - not least to explore the twin harbours, outlying islands and the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean.
The city itself spreads across a dynamic, volcanic landscape, best appreciated from prime vantage points such as historic One Tree Hill or the revolving restaurant atop the Sky Tower. The city also features architectural pleasures; exquisite colonial gingerbread houses and imposing government buildings set amongst glittering modern glass towers. Catching and refracting the light from the clear harbour waters the city appears to shimmer.
Queen Street, Auckland’s golden mile, is the major entertainment and shopping area, complemented by Parnell and Ponsonby, leafy inner suburbs with lovingly restored clapboard villas, vibrant and ‘happening’ districts known for galleries, boutiques and al fresco cafés
Auckland is likely to be your gateway to New Zealand, and is certainly worth a couple of days to experience the cosmopolitan mix of the Polynesian world’s largest city.
We can organise a number of activities and excursions in Auckland. Visits to the Maori Experience and Auckland Museum are highly recommended as an introduction to New Zealand, its history and Maori culture. A part of New Zealand’s appeal is its welcoming, inclusive approach that transforms the travel experience.
Take its consistent success in the America’s Cup: in New Zealand you don’t just get to look at the boats from a distance, but can experience the thrill of sailing on one of the fastest full racing yachts, the NZL40. Continuing the nautical theme, Auckland also hosts the New Zealand Boat Show as well as a variety of other festivals and sporting events.
While busy markets and exclusive shops reward time spent in the city, the offshore islands and the many beaches of the Hibiscus Coast constantly tempt you to explore further.
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Accommodation in Auckland
Situated within thirty minutes walk of the beautiful waterfront, the Langham Hotel offers elegant luxury and excellent facilities in the heart of Auckland.
Nestled in the fashionable suburb of St Marys Bay, Mollies offers high-end bed and breakfast service in a great location.
The Sebel Suites is situated right in the heart of Viaduct Harbour. This all-suite property combines the services of a top hotel with the freedom of self-contained facilities.
Sky City Grand
Sky City Grand is a luxury hotel that blends style and elegance with a central city location.
The Hilton enjoys a unique location on the end of Princes Wharf, offering its guests luxury accommodation and beautiful views across Auckland's inner harbour.
Eden Park B&B
Eden Park B&B offers guest accommodation in just four rooms. Each enjoys comfortable, quality furnishings and en suite or private bathroom facilities.
Sky City Hotel
The Sky City Hotel has a fantastic location in the centre of Auckland, and its bright, comfortable rooms all feature large windows with city or harbour views.
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Located in the heart of central Auckland, the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is just a short stroll from the many restaurants and entertainments on offer in this vibrant part of the city.
Stafford Villa is a lovely bed and breakfast surrounded by tropical trees and shrubs, and only a short drive or ferry ride away from Auckland's attractions.
Located in the heart of Auckland's centre, Hotel DeBrett is a small boutique hotel. Each of its rooms has been individually designed and features an eclectic mix of furniture, fittings and artwork.
Bella's Bed & Breakfast
Bellas's Bed & Breakfast is located in Freemans Bay on the northern slopes of Ponsonby with panoramic views of Auckland city centre, and only a short walk from the city centre, Viaduct Harbour and excellent local cafes and restaurants.