Auckland is New Zealand’s most populated city with over 6,000 international students, representing over 110 countries. Home to the iconic Sky Tower, which will allow you to view Auckland’s beauty including the Viaduct Harbour filled with yachts and lined with cafes and bars. From high-end shopping to surfing in black sandy beaches, Auckland guarantees an option for every taste.
Places to visit
The SkyWalk allows you to get a unique experience, walking around the open ledge located at the Sky Tower and taking a look at the astonishing city. For the more adventurous, you can have a go at the SkyJump, where you will be harnessed and able to jump down 192 meters off the SkyTower.
Another fantastic place to visit if you are a thrill seeker is Rainbows End. This theme park holds over 20 rides and booking tickets for you and your friends is as easy clicking here.
But if you are here for the sport, the popular Piha or any of the many black sandy beaches close to Auckland will be perfect to enjoy the best surf experience ever!
If you feel like taking a stroll you can always visit Auckland’s most iconic island, Rangitoto, a dormant volcanic island that is 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 harbour via paddle power on a sunset kayak tour.
Culture and social events are a fundamental part of Auckland’s identity. Whether you prefer alternative theatre or to watch the most mainstream musicals, there is plenty of choice in Auckland. Visit the Basement Theatre if you prefer a smaller venue, or go to the Q Theatre to watch commercial plays and great musicals. Head down to the most amazing art galleries if you fancy some visual art. You will find the largest art gallery in Auckland, Toi o Tāmaki, just in the city centre.
Auckland is also famous for their annual events, so make a note in your diary because you don’t want to miss them. You’ll find vibrant music at The Mission Jazz festival, and if you are a foodie, you want to make sure that you visit Devonport’s Wine and Food festival. There is also a Christmas event that will get you right into the seasonal spirit!
Auckland is home to award-winning wineries, delicious local produce and buzzing restaurants in the inner-city precincts. The Viaduct Harbour in the central of Auckland has many restaurants and cafés offering national dishes from many nationalities. The suburbs also have many places to eat from stylish Ponsonby Road to the French Market in Parnell – Auckland caters for all tastes. You also want to make sure that you get your hands on some ANZAC biscuits, a typical New Zealand sweet which can be found anywhere in the city.
Queen Street is the iconic central street in Auckland for boutique shops like Prada, Louis Vuitton and Gucci. Plus, if you love fashion there is the adjoining streets, High Street and Chancey Street where you can find vintage stores and boutiques. Parnell has up market boutiques and jewellery shops to look around in as you walk through the streets enjoying what New Zealand city streets have to offer. Parnell gives you the day to shop around the oldest suburb in Auckland. Ponsonby has may stylish boutiques, and make sure you give K Road a visit with its quirky precinct, offering designer, edgy and retro clothing.
Auckland is great for walking and cycling as they have many cycle ways and walkways in and around the city. But if you ever get tired from walking, the city has three main modes of transport: bus, ferry and train and they are all run by AT Metro.
If you want to travel around New Zealand via plane, get to Auckland Airport via the Skybus which operates all day every day with prices starting at $18 one way for an adult.
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