Auckland, the ever-beautiful 'City of Sails', straddles an isthmus between two glistening harbours, ensuring a beautiful beach is never far away. This sophisticated city offers a wonderful lifestyle for visitors and residents alike, jam-packed with shopping opportunities, restaurants and cafes, nightlife and unusual attractions. Activities abound: you can have a round of golf, tramp through rainforest in the Waitakere Ranges, scale a volcano or climb the harbour bridge. Hard-core adventure junkies can even jump from the Sky Tower: an Auckland icon and the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere.
ISLANDS OF THE GULF
Within easy reach of Auckland City, the islands of the Hauraki Gulf have plenty to offer: you can hike or hop aboard a tractor-trailer to the summit of New Zealand's most recent volcano, laze on white sandy beaches, explore mazes of man-made tunnels left from WWII, and taste award winning wines. And once en route, you're almost certain to catch sight of some dolphins along the way.
Waiheke Island is the ultimate island retreat. You’ll feel another world away, and yet Waiheke is just a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Known as the island of wine for its many wineries and vineyards, a wine tasting or tour is a must. Enjoy a day trip or stay longer and enjoy some of the fantastic activities on offer.
GREAT BARRIER ISLAND
Escape the rat race to New Zealand's fourth largest island where life moves to a slower beat and the descendants of the island's first tribe still live in an unspoilt land amongst unique plant and bird species. Pitch a tent and enjoy a true sanctuary.
THE BEST OF AUCKLAND CITY, WAIHEKE ISLAND + GREAT BARRIER ISLAND
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