Travel guide - Auckland
A land of contrasts, an earthly paradise, Auckland is an echo of New Zealand itself. An ode to nature and a mix of cultures coexist in harmony in the shadow of extinct volcanoes, lulled by the clear waters of the Pacific.
Visit Auckland, and you will discover a unique and unparalleled city. This is an adventure that will put all your senses to the test. Declared as one of the most livable cities in the world, Auckland has everything close at hand. You will find all the charms of the Pacific condensed into one city: during your holiday in Auckland you will discover the wonders of unspoiled nature in this veritable Garden of Eden.
Begin with the Hauraki Bay and its dozens of islands, a playground for those who enjoy outdoor sports. This area has earned Auckland its nickname of the City of Sails. In addition, whales, dolphins and other marine species can be found swimming and playing in this bay at the end of the world.
Auckland is laid out between sea and mountains. Wherever you are during your stay in Auckland, a multitude of sandy beaches can be found less than 30 minutes from the centre of town. One of the most beautiful and popular beaches is Piha, where the waves and currents draw many a surfer. Marine sports play an integral role in the local culture, alongside rugby, as you would imagine in the land of the All Blacks!
Auckland is known for its cultural mix, with many different ethnic groups living together in harmony. On the summit of the extinct volcano One Tree Hill, discover an ancient Maori site on which you will find the oldest house in Auckland, Acacia Cottage. A cultural melting pot, Auckland is proud of its different cultures, including Maori, Polynesian and European, a mix which is reflected in the collections of the Auckland Art Gallery, where great contemporary art works hang alongside “Kiwi” masterpieces.
If you enjoy a picturesque country walk, you will love exploring the paths of Henderson Valley and its cabernet, sauvignon and chardonnay vineyards, where fabulous “new world” wines are produced.
During your holiday in Auckland, you will also discover a modern side to the city. Just visit the Sky Tower, which, from its height of 328 meters, is the tallest tower in the southern hemisphere. From the top, you can admire the Auckland Harbour Bridge, which spans St Mary’s Bay.
A place of sharing and diversity, Auckland is one of the most exciting and exotic cities in the world.