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Auckland Tourism - The City of Sails

Auckland City - New Zealand

Auckland is the main gateway to New Zealand and its largest city with its vibrant waterfront life – not for nothing is it called the ‘City of Sails’ – and its busy Downtown district. Auckland may not be New Zealand’s capital – that distinction going to Wellington – but it is the country’s largest city and its major gateway for most travellers.

As well as the harbours and fertile land, the city’s maritime climate was appealing. Its situation by the sea means that it never gets too hot in summer or too cold in winter. Between K Road and the waterfront, is the heart of Auckland City. To the southeast is the sophisticated Parnell district, with the Auckland Museum and Auckland Domain Park, while to the northwest of the centre is Herne Bay and Ponsonby.

These are the hip and happening areas, with bohemian bars and cafés. Tourism, the country’s biggest earner, is on the up, especially since the film release of the first part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which was filmed in New Zealand – with a knock-on effect for the city’s other sectors, such as business and finance. It may not be ‘boom city’ but Auckland is certainly blossoming.

Auckland's Key Attractions

Auckland Harbour Bridge
The Auckland Harbour Bridge is another icon that can show you an exciting time. Bridge climbing is one of the latest things to do - and it doesn't require a high level of fitness or daring. You'll be carefully guided along the spans before proceeding to the highest point for a knockout view of the city and harbour.

Sky Tower
Start your Auckland experience at the top of the Sky Tower. At 328 metres, it's the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. Apart from a stunning view, the Sky Tower now offers you Sky Jump - the world's highest tower-based jump. It's a leap beyond description...

Gentoo PenguinsKelly Tarlton”s Underwater world and Antartic Encounter
For different view of Southern Hemisphere life, make a point of visiting Antarctica while you're in Auckland. At Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World you can meet King and Gentoo Penguins in a world of real snow and ice. You'll also walk through enormous perspex tubes while sharks, fish and stingrays of every description swim around you. Auckland Zoo's Sealion and Penguin Shores gives you a similar close encounter, except this time it's sealions whistling past your nose.

The other main attractions of Auckland are Auckland Domain and Auckland Museum, city’s oldest, largest and most attractive park, with gardens and statues. Auckland City Art Gallery, city’s main art gallery that has the country’s largest collections of both native and international art. New Zealand National Maritime Museum covers almost a millennium of history – from the arrival of Maori and then European settlers, to the 2000 Americas . Auckland Zoo , with almost 1000 creatures from around the world are housed at this forward-looking zoo and yes how can one forget the Howick Historical Village this living museum deals with the dramatic and turbulent events of the next 50 years, when the bulk of the settlers arrived from Britain, Ireland and Australia and Maori were forcibly removed from their land.

Auckland - A Fun , Food and Entertainment World
Whether your energy levels shoot up or down in the evening, Auckland gives you plenty of scope for fun. Linger over a meal or burn off some calories on the dance floor, catch a play or find a seat in front of the Philharmonia.

Cocktails at sunset are an excellent way to start a night out in Auckland. Down at the Viaduct Harbour the bars look west to the setting sun. Watch the America's Cup yachts get put to bed while you sip your favourite relaxant.

Wine BarDinner could be a casual affair at a wine bar or a starched linen experience at a fine dining establishment. Seek out the flavours that take your fancy - Japanese, Italian, French, Indian, Thai, Korean or Pacific Rim (a fusion of all the culinary styles that border the Pacific Ocean).

Theatre and live music performances give you the chance to witness Auckland's creativity in full bloom. See what's on at the Herald Theatre and the theatre at Sky City. The St James is the venue that rocks with loud, live music, while the Town Hall is somewhat more refined - the venue of choice for the Auckland Philharmonia.

Auckland's Markets – Shopper's Paradise
The weekend markets at Otara (Saturdays in South Auckland) and Avondale (Sundays in West Auckland) offer Asian, Indian, Pacific Island and European fruit and vegetables, alongside fresh seafood, baked goods and ready-made foods. The Avondale markets, in the grounds of the local racecourse, also have a wide variety of second hand goods and collectables.

At the Otara markets, the air is filled with traditional Pacific Island music as well as modern hip hop. Pacific Island arts and crafts - including printed cloths, carving and jewelery.On Sunday mornings the centre of Takapuna on the North Shore also hosts a bustling market. Expensive antiques are sold alongside bric-a-brac, home preserves and plants.

Suggested tour packages of Auckland
Essence of New Zealand
Code : ITTNZ-21, Duration : 18 Days
Places Covered : Auckland, Great Barrier Island, Waiheke Island, Lake Okareka, Christchurch, Greymouth, West Coast, Lake Wanaka, Manapouri
Honeymoon Hideaways
Code : ITTNZ-18, Duration : 12 Days
Places Covered : Auckland, Bay of Islands, Devonport, Lakeside town of Rotorua, Wai O Tapu thermal gardens, Stunning Tarawera Falls, Premier wine district of Blenheim, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Queenstown, Fiordland Overnight Cruise
New Zealands Popular Sights
Code : ITTA-16, Duration : 14 Days
Places Covered : Auckland, Bay of Islands, Christchurch, The Garden City, Franz & Fox Glaciers, Mt Cook, Queenstown, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Rotorua, Lake Taupo, Magical limestone caves of Waitomo

Hotels in Auckland
Sky City Hotel Auckland 4* First Imperial Hotel and Apartments 3*
Mercure Auckland 4* Crowne Plaza Auckland 5*

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