Inspirational Images of Auckland

5 June 2013

Ashton Rigg, one of Flight Centre's copywriters, was thrilled when the opportunity to explore New Zealand's largest city arose last month.

"Although I only had a couple of days to scratch the surface of Auckland, I instantly felt at home there. Tucked between two harbours, the City of Sails is a down-to-earth, easygoing city and an especially seamless transition for Aussie expats,” said Ashton.

"One of the best things about this urban hub is that NZ's natural beauty is never far from reach. Once you've scoped out the boutiques on Vulcan Lane and indulged in haute cuisine at the Britomart restaurants, lush volcanic cones like One Tree Hill offer picture-perfect panoramas and ultimate rolling conditions to tempt your inner child.

"Cosmopolitan Auckland provides an ideal introduction to New Zealand for first timers, especially those with a taste for adventure – bridge climbing, bungy jumping, jet boating or skydiving, anyone? While you're in town, consider adding a few key Maori phrases to your repertoire and say Kia Ora to Tamaki Makaurau. You'll fit right in, bro."

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Auckland Harbour Bridge at dusk from The Wharf

"Auckland Harbour Bridge is one of only three official bridge climbs in the world- the other two being Sydney Harbour Bridge and Brisbane's Story Bridge. That's on my bucket list for next time. She's quite the stunner at sunset. "

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Bird's-eye view of Auckland from the Sky Tower

 "At a staggering 328 metres, Sky Tower is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand. If you're not content watching the city in action from one of the three viewing platforms, you can venture outside and walk around the SkyWalk pergola. Maybe next time!"

 

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A thrill seeker making the SkyJump

"From the ground, SkyJump doesn't look too bad. More base-jump than bungy jump, you're strapped into a harness like the brave fellow above and seem to gently float to the ground within seconds. From the actual platform, however, it does not look anywhere near as easy as that. "

 

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The jetty from The Wharf at sunset

"We were treated to a gorgeous reception at The Wharf, Northcote Point, on our first night in Auckland. The sunset was just glorious over the harbour and all anyone could talk about was how perfect it would be as a wedding venue. Hint."

 

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Auckland City reaching out to Rangitoto Island

"The vistas from the Sky Tower stretch an impressive 80 kilometres on a clear day. In the far reaches of this photograph you can see Auckland's youngest volcano, Rangitoto Island – not too shabby for 600 years old – which glows top to toe in native red flowers each Christmas."

 

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The city fading away on a harbour cruise

"A harbour cruise into the Hauraki Gulf gives you a good sense of how large Auckland truly is. After a few days of miserable weather in Rotorua and Hamilton, Auckland thankfully turned on the sunshine for us. Unfortunately we didn't spot any dolphins but apparently they're quite a common sight."

 

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The Auckland Ferry Terminal - dates to 1912

"I was surprised at the number of Edwardian buildings in Auckland like the Old Ferry Terminal, which now houses a collection of shops and cafes on its lower level. The terminal is central to the Britomart precinct where restaurants, bars and boutiques are covered by heritage facades."

 

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Sky Tower perfectly positioned between the Hilton hotel

"Our lovely harbour cruise captain manoeuvred the ferry into position to capture this moment. The middle section of the Hilton you see below the Sky Tower is the swimming pool – nothing like a few laps with this view!"

 

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The award-winning vineyard of Villa Maria Estate

"Villa Maria is New Zealand's most awarded wine label, but it's the last thing you'd expect to see in the middle of the Auckland industrial area. Just a few minutes from the airport, Villa Maria is a fantastic way to finish off your visit. Chin chin!"

 

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Last minute shoppers on Queen Street

"One of my favourite parts of my trip to New Zealand was the little bit of down time I got to explore the city streets. I was pleasantly surprised to wander across Chancery Plaza, Vulcan Lane and High Street where designer boutiques and hipster cafes congregate. Be still, my beating purse."

 

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