Auckland is like an antipasto of environments laid out on a platter to make one amazing city.
Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping - you're beginning to get the picture of Auckland.
Stylish shopping precincts and delectable restaurant districts compete for the visitor's attention in the urban city center. Racing yachts and luxury launches traverse the harbour, with the tranquil islands of the Hauraki Gulf beyond.
The city's blend of islands, ancient rainforest, Polynesian culture, glistening harbours and modern cosmopolitan environment creates an unbelievable lifestyle ranked amongst the best in the world.
Make it a priority to experience the world-class lifestyle destination that is Auckland. To learn more, visit http://www.aucklandnz.com/.
The natural assets of Auckland make it a dream destination in Spring. There are dozens of beautiful places to enjoy just minutes from Auckland, including beaches, rainforests, vineyards, volcanoes, parks and wide picturesque open spaces of rolling green.
This summer Auckland looks set to build on its reputation. The temperature is rising and there are plenty of options for summer activities, but be quick for the best choices of accommodation and activities.
Top Ten Summer Attractions
Indulge yourself in shopping. Shop 'til you drop at one of the many designer stores, boutique shops or factory outlets around the city. Auckland's burgeoning café culture offers plenty of opportunities to refuel.
Savour fine food. Restaurants range from small ethnic eateries to five star dining establishments. For a delicious dining experience with a view to match, try the waterfront restaurants at Westhaven Marina, Viaduct Harbour or Princes Wharf.
Sip award-winning wines. Raise your glass and toast stunning world-class vineyards and wineries on Waiheke Island, in Matakana to the north, Henderson Valley and Kumeu to the east or Clevedon Valley to the South.
For fantastic sightseeing, escape to an island. With 50 islands scattered through the Hauraki Gulf, it's easy to escape. Options include Waiheke Island's wine, walks, beaches, arts and crafts, or the remote paradise that is Great Barrier Island. Wildlife reserves Tiritiri Matangi, Goat Island and Rangitoto are home to indigenous flora, fauna and marine life.
Stretch your legs. There are hundreds of miles of picturesque walking and cycling tracks of every grade. A more leisurely stroll can be had on one of 40 golf courses, including the PGA rated Formosa and Gulf Harbour.
Dare to be adventurous. Auckland is home to the Sky Tower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. Jump off or climb up the Sky Tower, climb over or bungy jump from the Harbour Bridge, canyon deep into a cave or quad bike through the bush.
Discover the local culture and heritage. Auckland boasts renowned museums, galleries and historical sites, while Polynesian influences are evident at the colourful local markets held in Otara and Avondale each weekend. Otara is the largest Polynesian market in the world and, like Avondale, has plenty of locally grown produce, Pacific, Asian, Indian and European food as well as art, crafts and music.
Hit the beach. Auckland boasts dozens of beautiful beaches just minutes away from the central city. Choose between the golden sands and sheltered bays of the east coast, or the volcanic black sands and pounding surf out west. Summer is barbecue season in Auckland. Head to a supermarket and pick up a selection of your favourite food for an evening feast at a beach or reserve. Barbecues are for public use and there is usually a $2 ignition fee, although some are free. Be sure to take a ball for a game of touch rugby or soccer. Beware: nearby Kiwis will be keen to join in!
As autumn looks around the corner in New Zealand, Auckland is mildly touched by the change of season. Auckland is consistently voted one of the world's best lifestyle cities in international surveys. Why not take advantage of the short distances from the city to the coastal towns in Matakana to the North or the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. In less than an hour, you'll find world-class vineyards and wineries, as well as no shortage of things to do in a region spoilt for choice.
For great day trips, we highly recommend visiting Matakana, the Islands of the Gulf Harbour, Waiheke Island, Rangitoto, Great Barrier Island and the Tiri Tiri Matangi. Visit http://www.aucklandnz.com/ for more information.
In winter, Auckland's thoughts turn to indulgence. No other time of the year is quite as perfect for dining out, shopping or wandering the city's many museums and galleries. Attractions such as Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World, Sky Tower, Auckland Museum and the Auckland art galleries can be enjoyed whatever the weather.
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