While Auckland is thoroughly modern and buzzes with urban sophistication, its astounding setting provides the perfect mix of natural beauty and urban delight. Fine boutiques sit alongside international fashion brands; the renowned wine country complements waterfront dining at the city’s stunning harbour; and its rich cultural heritage draws on the pristine landscape peppered with volcanic cones.
New Zealand's 'City of Sails' is perfect for a short break – here are three ways to enjoy your stay.
Home to three wine regions, Auckland is the perfect spot to sample the tipples of New Zealand. Waiheke Island, a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, is the ultimate wine experience in the North Island, with more than 20 wineries and vineyards amid a stunning backdrop of rolling hills and blue ocean.
To the north, Matakana serves quality drops at several boutique wineries. Or Auckland's oldest wine region, Kumeu, offers history and tradition as you swirl and sip.
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With top-quality ingredients, Auckland is prime hunting ground for top chefs to showcase locally sourced food in their culinary creations. You’ll find eateries around every corner, but hit Viaduct Harbour and the Wynyard Quarter for an array of flavours to satisfy any craving.
Enjoy the modern eateries of hip Ponsonby, or choose from the stylish mix of Britomart and City Works Depot restaurants. Try a food tour or hit the farmers' markets for a different foodie experience.
Mother Nature shows her best side in Auckland, calling out to outdoorsy types. Just outside the city centre, you can cruise, fish, cave and spot wildlife to your heart’s content.
The rugged west coast has rainforest walks and waterfalls, and the Whangaparaoa Peninsula to the north harbours long golden beaches. Or leave the mainland behind as you explore the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, where volcanic treks reward you with 360-degree panoramas.