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Auckland Travel Guide: 1,046 reviews and 2,316 photos

Auckland is the gateway to New Zealand for most International travellers and the largest city in New Zealand. The city has been named by many international survey reports as being one of the top 10 cities in the world to live in. Much of Auckland is built on extinct volcanoes which are now hilly parks and gardens where you can get wonderful 360 degree views of the city. Auckland sits between two large harbours and therefore has the highest number of boats per capita in the World - it is not known as the 'City of Sails' for nothing. Actually, yachting berths in the Hauraki gulf are said to be some of the most expensive in the world.

Auckland has only a population of just over one million which includes the worlds largest Polynesian population and a fast growing Asian community. Other than the water based activities, there are many galleries, museums, theatres, five star hotels, and top class restaurants which offer an extensive range of cuisine.

From downtown Auckland you can take a ferry to one of the many islands like Rangitoto, Waiheke and Great Barrier or just a leisurely 10 minute ferry ride across to Devonport across the harbour and visit NZ's WW2 defenses at North Head. On the weekend there are many markets scattered around the city region from Takapuna on the north shore to South Auckland - lots of good bargains and usually some good food as well.

The waterfront drive is a nice leisurely cruise around the white sandy beaches as well as attractions like Kelly Tarltons Aquarium. The homes around the drive are also some of the most expensive in Auckland with great views. The area though is especially hectic through the summer months. The Round the Bays run held each year also uses this route and its quite a sight to see thousands of colourful runners challenging themselves.

There is no shortage of things to do in Auckland and if it seems like I am biased? Well I am, I was born here and lived her most of my life. I now live overseas but I always call Auckland home, and where my family is. To me Auckland will always be the best city in New Zealand.

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  • Last visit to Auckland: Feb 2009
  • Intro Updated Jun 3, 2009
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  • omidamini's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2009 at 8:15 PM

    Thanks, you made very nice with full information page.after read your Auckland page i think i was in Auckland, I hope see you here.

  • Jan 31, 2009 at 7:06 AM

    Excellent job! Great tips and pictures!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    great tips!

  • hivaoa1's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2007 at 12:06 AM

    hey your tips are great. finally end august i'll fly to auckland, cant wait :D

  • brosa99's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2006 at 4:08 AM

    this is called docksiders now. still great

  • Dec 10, 2005 at 6:59 AM

    Wow! Thank you for sharing your pic.'s and info on Auckland. I did not realize that it is so beautiful out there!

  • Tourtech's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2005 at 1:25 PM

    Great Aukland pages We have had a wonderful time in NZ, got engaged at the botanical garden in Wellington, went horseback riding at waihiki island near auckland, caving, white water rafting and the spa at rotorua. amazing place - all the best from Canada!

  • DaDrifter's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2005 at 4:00 AM

    Thanks for a delightful tour of Auckland, K! I am really amazed by the sheer wealth of information on these pages. The pictures are such a pleasure to the eye. Lovely shots of the Old Art Tower, Civic Theatre and old houses ... fascinating architecture.

  • RedEaredPanda's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2005 at 4:33 PM

    Aukland bridge climb similar to Sydney's Harbour Bridge.. Thanks for the tips.. Would love to visit NZ someday...

  • Apr 20, 2005 at 11:40 PM

    There has recently been a law instated that requires a strict no-smoking policy in all bars and restraunts. Drove past Cuba the other day, everyone had to smoke outside, very sad.

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