Superbly positioned between two stunning harbours, Auckland is a thriving cosmopolitan city in a truly beautiful setting. In Maori Auckland is known as Tamaki Makau Rau or ‘The maiden with a hundred lovers’, as it was an area desired by many tribes. This is not surprising as its location alone makes it amazing. Add a sunny, warm climate, a pulsating business district, the exotic influence of Polynesian culture and a passion for sensational food, entertainment and shopping and it is little wonder that Aucklanders enjoy a lifestyle that is ranked amongst the best in the world.
Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city yet within just half an hour you can find yourself in some of the most diverse environments. A short journey out west to explore the wild West Coast beaches of Muriwai, Bethalls, Piha or Karekare is essential. Also in this direction are the expansive Waitakere Ranges, a lush rainforest ideal for anyone seeking hiking or canyoning. From the city travel north over the Harbour Bridge (which can be climbed and even bungee jumped off) or take a peaceful ferry ride and you’ll find yourself on the North Shore, a relaxed haven of beaches and cafes. Here you can discover Devonport, an arty township where you can explore North Head for old World War II tunnels and breathtaking harbour and city views. The Auckland War Museum is well worth seeing as it home to many Maori treasures and there are daily Maori culture performances. To truly appreciate the diversity of Auckland check out the spectacular array of Maori and Polynesian goods at the Otara markets and be sure to visit the bustling restaurants and bars at the Viaduct Basin. Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf provides a world of adventure. From a leisurely walk up the black lava volcanic island of Rangitoto to sunbathing and beachcombing on any one of the other islands scattering the gulf, there is plenty to do. Waiheke Island is considered the jewel of the Hauraki Gulf. With sensational white sandy beaches, native forests, fantastic art and shopping, and numerous wineries it is ideal for a day of exploration or several days of indulgence and relaxation.
- Accommodation for 3 nights in double occupancy
- Return airport transfers
- Visits as per itinerary