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Tourism Auckland

New Zealand Maori call Aotearoa (mainland long white cloud). Stunning landscape with thick forests, wildlife and pleasant climate is a paradise for seekers of peace, a sense of relaxation, and tranquility, as well as a playground for those seeking adventure.

When compared with the size of Britain, Colorado or Japan, New Zealand's resident population of only 4 million people, making it one of the country with the most rare population. Relatively small changes in the weather made ​​it an ideal tourist destination all year round.

Auckland, New Zealand's largest city with a population of 1.3 million people, inhabited by a third of New Zealand. The combination of sophisticated city with a coastal lifestyle that produces consistently ranked in the top 10 globally. Imagine a city atmosphere, where people live half-hour travel time to the beautiful beaches, hiking paths and dozens of other tourist islands. Coupled with a sunny climate, Polynesian cultural background and good food, wine and shopping - you must have obtained a picture of Auckland.

The view of Auckland city at night. Photo credit: Thinkstock

The view of Auckland city at night. Photo credit: Thinkstock

Auckland is the gateway for those who want to experience adventure in New Zealand. Auckland is the perfect place to enjoy urban culture, food and fashion of entice you. The atmosphere of quiet beaches and sea invite you to relax. Auckland is also a geographical wonder with 48 volcanoes and two wet rain forest that are hundreds of years.

Food and entertainment

When you visit Auckland, do not have to worry about food. You'll find plenty of food according to the taste. There are more than 900 restaurants scattered throughout the city. From meals at fancy restaurants to trendy restaurants in the suburbs or the cafes in the city. Auckland luxury in terms of menus, many dishes are inspired by the immigrants from the Polynesian, Samoa, Asia and Europe. Popular restaurants in the valley of the river Viaduct and Princes Wharf, including the Euro and the Wildfire and the Harbourside at Ferry Building.


Auckland is famous for its head designer of New Zealand. Block in the vicinity of High Street, Chancery Lane and Vulcan accommodate boutique Karen Walker, Workshop, Zambesi and World, and dozens of other New Zealand designers. Suburbs like Ponsonby, Parnell and Newmarket are also popular as a shopping destination.

Auckland is also a good shopping place for art objects are unique and Pacific Island-themed crafts. Big malls and outlets such as St Lukes, Westfield Albany, Sylvia Park, Dress-Smart and Botany Downs widely spread in the suburbs. There are also many traditional markets for fresh food hunters, arts and crafts, clothing and junk

Dare to do the bungy jump from the top of this bridge? In Auckland, can. Photo credit: Thinkstock

Auckland just 30 minutes from anywhere

Yes, in just half an hour you can sail to the island, trekking through rain forest, picnic into volcanoes, try wine in a vineyard, gets the adrenaline with a 4WD motor bike, kayak paddle in the sea, diving, surfing, camping, see gannets colony or just take a walk on the black sand beach.

Choose the train to get to the top or climbing the peak with a height of 260 meters to watch 360-degree views of the Hauraki Gulf and Auckland city. This island has a lava cave, with unique rocks and pohutukawa forest.

Waiheke Island, you will constantly feel the summer. Once set foot on this island, you instantly 10 years younger. Waiheke, by many, regarded as part of the most magical experiences in Auckland, and easily implemented using the ferry. The beauty of Waiheke beaches and forests that naturally blends harmoniously with the cafes, vineyards and art studios.

Vineyard in Auckland.

Vineyard in Auckland.

This island is perfect for enjoying a day shopping and tasting wine, or even relax for a few days. Waiheke is famous for its wine industry, exclusive accommodation and a lot of great New Zealand artists who choose to live there. Much can be done on Waiheke, from horseback riding and farm tours to climb at sea kayaking and mountain climbing.

There are 22 conservation parks within easy reach of downtown Auckland. In total, there are more than 500 kilometers of track on foot. Waitakere Ranges (Auckland's largest park) provides appropriate views to mountain biking or just take a walk. Arataki Visitor Centre, at the Titirangi end of Scenic Drive, provides information about parks, beaches and trails track in this place.

On the west coast, places like surfing Whatipu, Karekare, Piha, Bethells and Murawai will not be forgotten for fans of this sport. Be sure to check flight schedules on Muriwai colony of gannets. Use a mask and snorkel when meet 'locals' at the Goat Island Marine Reserve to-follow instructions from warkworth Leigh (North Auckland)

Guard the Hauraki Gulf, Great Barrier Island has a natural beach and vast areas of forest. There are some plants and bird species unique. Natural beauty like this more and more difficult to find on earth. Natural bush tracks added to the line, leading to the hot springs of the mountain and historic Kauri dams.

Auckland beachside Murawai

Auckland beachside Murawai

Located 627 meters above sea level, Hirakimata (Mount Hobson) invites hikers with views that will not be forgotten. Most of the island with an area of ​​285 square kilometers were deliberately reserved for conservation, managed by the Department of Conservation. The island became a popular destination for diving, fishing, surfing and camping. Every day is always available flight schedules.

Use kappal ferry from downtown Auckland across to Devonport seaside town to enjoy lunch in the cafe and shop. Alternatively, walk to the top of Mount Victoria or North Head to get a bird's-eye view. Devonport ferry from coming and leaving every half hour.

If you feel strong enough, walk away from east coast to west coast of Auckland to see many beautiful views of city icons. Ask the Visitor Information Center in this city to get a travel brochure.

Lion Rock on one beach in Auckland

Lion Rock on one beach in Auckland

Rangitoto Island is the most impressive feature in Auckland bay, brings us up through the ocean floor around 600 years ago. Fireworks coming out of the volcanic mountain made ​​Maori locals nicknamed him "Sky of Blood '. Rangitoto can be enjoyed with a guided tour or self.

About 20 years ago, most of the 220 ​​hectares of Tiri Tiri Matangi Island is a barren land. In a unique partnership between government and conservation centers from Auckland, was made open space, safe from predators and ditanamilah more than 3 million trees. Stepfather also provides visitors the opportunity to see the place open animal breeding. This island is the habitat of many endangered New Zealand bird species, including kiwi and takahe. Tour guides available to help you enjoy the beauty of this island, which are all managed by the Department of Conservation.

The highest mountain in Auckland is Maungawhau (Mount Eden). On the slopes of the mountain there are many houses, Maori pa (fort) is still visible although covered with grass. Food warehouses, plots and houses are evidence of Maori heritage from the 13th century. Maungakiekie known as One Tree Hill, is one of the largest volcanoes in Auckland. This is one of the largest sites of Maori in New Zealand - terracing and Kumara holes are still visible here. An archaeological trail that takes you to interesting places.

Natural forest area in Auckland

Natural forest area in Auckland

New Zealand has four seasons: autumn (March to May), winter (June to August) and spring (September to November), summer (December to February).