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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