5. WEST COAST BEACHES & WATERFALLS
Less than an hour from Auckland City lie the wild west coast beaches, where the Tasman Sea meets long, vast stretches of black sand. Visit Muriwai Beach to see the impressive clifftops and gannet colonies or head to Piha, a popular surf beach, and Karekare, made famous as the backdrop for the film The Piano .
4. RANGITOTO ISLAND
Auckland’s most iconic island, Rangitoto is a dormant volcanic cone that sits just off the coast from the central city. Take a short ferry from the city to walk or do a guided tour to the summit for spectacular views, or glide across the harbor via paddle power on a sunset kayak tour.
3. FOOD & WINE
Auckland’s fertile land and rich waters means that the region is home to world-class food producers. For those that are passionate about fresh, delicious ingredients, it’s paradise.
2. DISCOVER ART & CULTURE
Explore world-class exhibitions at one of the many art galleries or wander through a contemporary collection of New Zealand sculptures amid stunning landscapes as part of the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail. Take a guided walking tour of Rangitoto Island or explore the Maori history and traditions at Auckland Museum.
1. AUCKLAND CENTRAL
Central Auckland is a vibrant mix of shopping, dining and entertainment. Explore the city’s wide range of different shopping experiences from local and international designer clothes to retro and vintage fashions. Or soak up the lively nightlife with a visit to one of Auckland’s many bars and eateries.