Auckland is more than just a great city – it’s a whole region full of things to see and do. And it’s all so close. In the city centre, stylish shopping precincts, waterfront restaurants, exciting cultural experiences, art galleries and attractions are all within easy walking distance. In less than an hour from the city centre you could be sipping on award-winning vintages in wine country, walking through the pristine rainforest of the Waitakere Ranges or ziplining over the treetops. It’s no wonder Lonely Planet named Auckland one of the world’s Top 10 Cities for 2014 in its Best in Travel guide.
Get out on the sparkling waters of the Waitemata Harbour for kayaking, jet boating, fishing or sailing – you can even help sail an America’s Cup racing yacht. Thrill seekers can leap off the Auckland Harbour Bridge in New Zealand’s only ocean-touch bungy jump, canyon down waterfalls deep in the forest, quad bike through the trees or ‘SkyJump’ off the Sky Tower.
Explore the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, many of them just a short ferry ride away. Enjoy group tastings and spectacular scenery at some of the 30 boutique wineries on Waiheke Island, the ‘island of wine’. Soak up the 360-degree views from the summit of Rangitoto Island, the youngest of the region’s 48 volcanic cones. For a truly unforgettable experience, head out into the gulf on a whale and dolphin safari.