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Auckland - Part 1
Explore New Zealand’s largest city, a place where city style and spectacular landscapes go hand in hand. Breathtaking scenery, beautiful beaches, outstanding food and wine, great shopping, exciting nightlife and plenty of action and adventure – you will find it all here. And with so many experiences so close by, it’s easy to hop from one adventure to the next.
Shop up a storm or explore the native rainforest. Dine at waterfront restaurants or go dolphin spotting in the Hauraki Gulf. Dive into the nightlife or bungy off the Harbor bridge. Canyon down waterfalls or climb volcanoes. Escape to an idyllic island or sip on cocktails up the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere.
New Zealand Maori called this land Tamaki Makaurau, a maiden desired by a hundred lovers, it was a place fought over for its vast riches, including its forested hills, productive volcanic soils and harbours full of seafood.
Todays, the city’s striking natural beauty and vibrant urban lifestyle combine to make it one of the most desirable places in the world to live or visit. In fact, Auckland is rated the third most livable city in the world in the Mercer Quality Living survey.
There’ always something happening whatever time of the year you are visiting. From superstars concerts and Broadway musicals to cultural festivals and major international sporting events.
Indulge in fine food and wine overlooking the harbour, splurge on designer fashion, explore the buzzing waterfront precincts, catch a concert, discover the arts scene, and enjoy countless water activities right on the city’s doorstep.
The city’s centre’s cosmopolitan style spills into the lively inner-city suburbs that surround it, with more superb dining, shopping, nightlife, cultural attractions and popular Auckland experiences.
Get out on the Waitemata Harbor with sailing, jet boating, kayaking or a harbour cruise, or get adventurous with a harbour bridge climb and a bangy jump.
Head to the Sky Tower for spectacular 360 degree views, the exhilarating Sky jump and Sky walk, plus dining and entertainment.
Discover the designer fashion boutiques, hip bars, electric restaurants and an inner-city farmers market in the Britomart precinct.
Wander through Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki’s world-class galleries and see exhibitions from New Zealand and around the world.
Visit the Wynyard Quarter waterfront precinct, home to lively restaurants, the famous Auckland Fishmarket, family-friendly play spaces, and Silo’s park summer markets and outdoor cinema.
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