Destination: Auckland, New Zealand

The city of sails

Auckland is renowned for its vibrant city centre, wineries, beautiful waters & stunning beaches.

For first time visitors, Fareferret recommends staying in the city for at least 2 nights to explore all that the city has to offer.

Top things to do & places to visit

Mt Eden
Take in the panoramic views of Auckland from Mt Eden – Auckland’s highest volanic cone (at 196m).

Waiheke Island
Take the ferry across to Waiheke Island, an island renowned for its wineries, rocky bays & excellent sandy beaches.

Hauraki Gulf
Discover why Auckland is known as the city of sails on a scenic cruise around the spectacular Hauraki Gulf.

Auckland Museum
Built in 1929, this neoclassical temple dominates the Auckland city skyline when seen from the harbour. The museum displays Pacific Island & Maori artefacts including a 25m war canoe.

Where to stay

Auckland city centre
The best area for first-time visitors to Auckland, within walking distance of Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, Sky Tower & other attractions.

Auckland Viaduct
The home of some of Auckland’s more luxurious hotels & apartments, with most of them offering a harbour view.

Ponsonby
A hip area of Auckland featuring plenty of restaurants & cafes. Perfect for self-drive travellers or those staying longer in Auckland.

Newmarket
Located just on the edge of Auckland’s city centre, Newmarket is an area packed with shops & great dining options.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit London to avoid the crowds is autumn (Mar – May) & spring (Sep – Nov). The summer months (Dec – Feb) are the busiest times in Auckland and usually attracts a peak rate for hotels.

Getting to Auckland

Auckland’s international airport has direct flights to most destinations in Asia, the Pacific and North & South America, with one-stop connections to Europe & Africa.

What’s nearby?

Auckland is the perfect gateway to New Zealand’s north island. From Auckland, you can drive out to other destinations including the Bay of Islands, Coromandel Peninsula, Rotorua, Napier, Tongariro & Wellington on a self drive holiday.

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