Auckland, also known as Tamaki Makaurau or City of Sails is New Zealand’s largest city located in the North Island. Built on a volcano field with over forty volcanic cones means this city has plenty of spots to see the best views of the region. The iconic Sky tower is also a good vantage point to see panoramic views of Auckland’s harbours. What makes this region unique from others and perhaps the reason it was named the third most liveable city is its proximity to stunning bush walks, beaches and over fifty islands to explore. Surrounding the city centre in all directions you will find plenty to see and do.
Auckland - City of Numerous Activities
Black sand and surf beaches on the west coast to white sand and quiet bays on the east coast. There are numerous activities on and off the water along Auckland’s coastlines. Ferry, helicopter and plane are the main transport to outer islands including Waiheke island, Rangitoto Island and Tiritiri Matangi which all have native bush, wildlife and walks. Across Auckland there are also various parks including Auckland Domain which is home to the Winter Gardens, out south the Auckland Botanic Gardens and further north regional coastal parks such as Wenderholm Regional Park.
New Zealand’s dining scene is famous for the use of fresh, local and seasonal produce in meals. Auckland has numerous world-class cafes and restaurants with some of the top chefs working in these eateries. Grapes grow well in the regions warm climate which also contribute to the cuisine in the form of wine. Auckland is one of the oldest wine regions that has over 100 wineries producing a variety of quality wine. To learn more about New Zealand’s history there are various museums and galleries throughout Auckland city.