Welcome to New Zealand’s largest city! To get in as much Auckland shopping, cafés, restaurants and bars as you can in one place, wander along High St to the Britomart area, swing past the bars along the waterfront of the Viaduct and onto Wynyard Quarter. All of these areas are in the central city and there’s plenty to explore.
From downtown, you can catch a ferry to Waiheke Island, a great place for a relaxing day trip to excellent vineyards. Another day trip destination is Piha Beach, hidden in the Waitakere Ranges nearby. Saturday mornings you’ll find delicious food at the French Markets in Parnell and if you’re visiting in summer there are plenty of festivals and free activities to enjoy.