New Zealand's largest city is a home-from-home for those with an adventurous spirit. Built on a grand total of 50 volcanoes, Auckland is an urban sprawl with activities galore. Whether you try your hand at hang-gliding and surfing or dip into the local art scene, you'll soon be having a wild time.
1/tab.galleryImage.size}Situated on the north coast of the Auckland region, Bethells Beach offers surfing, fishing, bush walking, skimboarding and swimming
We've chosen the must-see highlights of this fantastic city.
Lord Of The Rings Tour
Discover the magic of the Lord Of The Rings set with this exclusive tour of all the shooting locations of Hobbiton, the fictional area where Tolkein's creations came to life. This unforgettable experience will bring you closer to one of the world's most loved films and novel series. A shuttle runs from Auckland to the site.
Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tours, The Shires™ Rest Café, 501 Buckland Rd, Hinuera, Matamata 3472, New Zealand
Cupcake fever has reached the shores of New Zealand and this Auckland institution is where the locals go to get their sugary fix. We recommend the classic red velvet or green tea sponge. One thing's for sure - this 'secret' won't stay that way for long.
3A/49 Brown St, Ponsonby Central, Ponsonby, Auckland City
Enjoy a stunning view from the top of Mangere mountain across the whole of Auckland. After your hike, stroll around the Medicinal Garden to find out about traditional medicine. Children will love the quirky scupltures in the nature park.
This 328m behemoth towers over Auckland city and you can easily see the whole of the city on a clear day. Once you've enjoyed the view, there's plenty inside to keep you busy; bars, restaurants - and even a casino.
This cluster of beautifully restored Victorian buildings is a great place to spend a sunny afternoon. Pick up a craft bargin for friends back home or rifle through countless curios for the perfect present. Top it all off with a coffee at the Alphabet Bistro Cafe.
Situated in the fashionable Grey Lynn, this Auckland favourite is frequented by artists and fans of the eclectic. Wash their tasty nibbles down with a glass from their considered wine list, or sample the colourful cocktail selection.
455 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland City, Auckland 1021