Welcome to Auckland
Located between the beautiful Waitamata Harbour to the North-East and the Waitakare Ranges to the West, Auckland City has it all! From wild, rugged beaches and dormant volcanoes to high-end luxury shopping and fine dining, The City of Sails has something special for everyone. The iconic Sky Tower can be seen from miles around, pinpointing the very centre of Auckland CBD, New Zealand's largest city (by far!) and the business centre for the country.
Home to over 1.6 million people and growing quickly, Auckland has become a truly international city and has received recognition on the world stage by being voted as the 10th most livable city in the world in 2023.
Everything you need is within walking distance in Auckland CBD! Here are some suggestions for things to see and do on your next visit.
The best bars and restaurants in the city! The New Zealand Maritime Museum is here, as well as Silo Park where you can watch outdoor films for free in the evening. You can also catch ferries from here to the amazing islands in the Hauraki Gulf like Waiheke, Tiritiri Matangi, and Rangitoto, as well as go on a whale and dolphin safari.
Next to the Sky Tower (you can't miss it!) There are a lot of really nice bars and restaurants and cafes in this street, as well as the Sky City Casino and of course the Sky Tower. Dine at the top of tower at restaurant with the best views in Auckland, and jump off the Sky Walk to get down
Auckland's cultural centre. Surrounding the square you'll find the Town Hall, Aotea Centre, Event cinemas, and two theatres (The Civic and the Q). The square itself is a nice place to people watch and sip some coffee. An ice-rink is the main attraction here during winter.
Albert Park is a lovely place where you can chill and read, and the Auckland art gallery is next door on Wellesley Street. If you keep walking up Wellesley Street, past Auckland University, and across Grafton Road, you will eventually find Auckland Domain which is the biggest park in Auckland and has the Auckland War Memorial Museum, as well as an amazing botanical garden.
If you head up the hill on Queen Street, you'll eventually reach K Road, where you'll find Auckland's alternative night scene. Many great bars, live music, shisha cafes, and cheap takeaways are what K Road is known for.
If you head West of the CBD, you will find the Ponsonby area. There is old colonial-style architecture there, many great stores for shopping, restaurants, bars, and cafes. Some of the best restaurants in Auckland are here, especially great for fine dining as this is an up-market area of Auckland.
We hope you enjoy your stay in Auckland, and get in touch with us for more recommendations before or during your trip as well!