One of only a few cities with harbours in two different significant bodies of water, Auckland is appropriately named the ‘city of sails.’ A good Auckland city guide will help you get around this sprawling city of of 1.4 million people efficiently, ensuring that you can make the most of your time in New Zealand’s largest city.
Queen St heads south from Waitemata harbour to the famous Karangahape Road, and is the main street through Auckland’s central city. Several attractions are dotted around this part of town, including the eating and drinking establishments of Viaduct Basin, the markets and festivals of Aotea Square and the Sky Tower, which at 328m is the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere.
No Auckland city guide fails to mention the many significant landmarks in the area. For 360 degree views over the city, a trip to the top of Mount Eden – a dormant volcano – is essential. Don’t forget your camera! Enjoying some leisurely time in the sun in Auckland Domain is a great way to relax, while One Tree Hill is a significant spot for locals and visitors alike.
There is no shortage of sporting options in Auckland, with major and minor sports all well supported. Eden Park plays host to national and international cricket and rugby union matches, while tennis, netball, rugby league also have their own major facilities. Try to take in a big game if you are in town at the right time.
The Auckland War Memorial Museum (or just Auckland Museum) is one of the city’s iconic buildings and focuses on New Zealand natural and military history. Other indoor options include the National Maritime Museum and the Auckland Art Gallery with many significant national and international artworks on display.
Every Auckland city guide makes mention of the selection of top beaches in and around the city. From the surf breaks at Piha and Muriwhai to the quieter waves at Mission Bay, Devonport and Takapuna, there is something for everyone. A little further afield is Waiheke Island, renowned for wineries and beautiful beaches, and easily accessible by frequent ferry from the city.