Urban style and spectacular landscapes go hand in hand in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland. Climb an ancient volcano – hop on the ferry to the youngest and largest of the region’s volcanoes, Rangitoto Island, and walk through the pohutukawa forest and lava caves or climb to the summit of Mount Eden (Maungawhau), the highest natural point in Auckland, for spectacular views across the city and Hauraki Gulf. You’re never far from the sea in Auckland. Experienced surfers ride the waves at the black-sand surf beaches on the wild west coast – check out favourites like Karekare, Piha, Te Henga (Bethells Beach) and Muriwai. Head north to the expansive golden sands and clear waters of Tāwharanui and Pakiri. For a memorable Auckland experience, go horse riding along Pakiri or Muriwai Beach. If you’re looking for a beach near the city centre, visit Mission Bay, Kohimarama or St Heliers, just a 10-minute drive from downtown Auckland. Enjoy a stroll along the promenade, hire a kayak or stand up paddleboard, or tuck into fresh fish and chips. Dine overlooking the water at Viaduct Harbour or Wynyard Quarter, or take your pick from the eclectic restaurants in the stylish Britomart and Federal Street precincts. Hip Ponsonby is home to modern cafés and eateries, or grab a casual bite or craft beer at City Works Depot. The inner city suburbs of Mount Eden and Kingsland are full of lively restaurants and buzzing bars, or pop over to Takapuna on the North Shore to dine at one of the beach facing restaurants.
Auckland is situated in the North Island of New Zealand and is the country’s largest city with a population of 1.5 million.