New Zealand’s largest city is the gateway to a land of fine wine, seafood and Lord of the Rings scenery.
Auckland is a blessed sub-tropical, multi-cultural destination that one third of all Kiwis call home. It is rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities.
Beautiful beaches, delicious dining scene and a never ending night life. This is what makes Auckland the ultimate travel destination. Auckland is centered on a volcanic isthmus in the north of North Island, framed by two harbours and surrounded by farmland. The Pacific to the east and Tasman Sea to the west are less than an hour’s drive apart.
Here are three places that are a must-visit in Auckland:
Auckland art gallery
Explore a treasure trove of history, heritage and culture that is brought to life at Auckland art gallery International paintings, sculptures and print collections range from 1376 to the present day. The Gallery regularly hosts international touring exhibitions and also offers many lively performances.
The Sky Tower is a telecommunications and observation tower in Auckland that stands 1076ft off the ground making it the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere.
The upper portion of the tower contains two restaurants and a cafe—including New Zealand’s only revolving restaurant, located 190 m (620 ft) from the ground, which turns 360 degrees every hour.
The tower also features the “SkyJump”, a 630 ft jump from the observation deck, during which a jumper can reach up to 85 km/h. The jump is guide-cable-controlled to prevent jumpers from colliding with the tower in case of wind gusts.
Rangitoto Island is one of Aucklands most unique and iconic locations, a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland, makes this spectacular volcanic island destination a favorite for both tourists and locals alike. Emerging unexpectedly from the sea some 600 years ago, it is the youngest and largest volcano in the Auckland volcanic field.
Take long treks, enjoy breathtaking views and even try a night kayak under the stars before heading towards the glowing city lights.