Spotlight On Auckland
Located in New Zealand’s picturesque North Island, Auckland is a vibrant city, geographically blessed with a volcanic landscape and enveloped by sparkling seas and lush surrounds.
The Tourist Hotspots
Auckland (or Tāmaki as it is known in the Māori language) has plenty for newcomers to see and do. The iconic Sky Tower is an impressive figure in the city’s skyline and provides visitors with panoramic 360˚ views up to 80 kilometres in every direction. The tower is also the place to go for a unique, rotating dining room experience or to get your heart racing – you can either ‘SkyJump’ off the tower and plunge 192 metres or take in the breathtaking views while walking on a 1.2-metre-wide platform that surrounds the tower.
Situated in the heart of the city, Viaduct Harbour is home to dozens of yachts, commercial vessels and waterside restaurants, cafés and bars. Whether you want to have a relaxing breakfast by the sea, stop in for a quick caffeine boost or immerse yourself in Auckland’s nightlife scene, this is the place for you. The Voyager Maritime Museum, which provides visitors with insight into New Zealand’s fascinating maritime history, can also be found nearby.
Boasting a little bit of everything, the upmarket suburb of Parnell is the ideal place to explore. One of Auckland’s wealthiest and oldest areas, this stunning village plays host to Victorian villas, boutique shops, bustling cafés and noted art galleries. On Saturdays and Sundays, La Cigale French Market provides seasonal fruits and vegetables, spices, French cheeses, artisan breads and more.
To gain a deep understanding of Auckland’s unique history and culture, a visit to the Auckland War Memorial Museum is a must. Exhibitions featuring paintings, carvings, buildings, canoes and other artefacts tell the stories of New Zealand’s peoples, flora and fauna, painting a picture of the country’s rich cultural diversity and history.
The Natural Wonders
Undoubtedly one of the city’s biggest drawcards, Auckland’s natural wonders include everything from beaches and hiking trails to dormant volcanoes. Positioned just off the coast, Rangitoto Island is home to one of the city’s 48 volcanic cones and is a quick ferry ride from downtown Auckland. It takes approximately one hour to journey up to the summit on foot, but the views of the nearby ranges and islands are well worth the trek.
Measuring 196 metres in height, Mount Eden is the tallest of Auckland’s volcanoes and another popular stop for tourists. Walk up to the summit for an impressive outlook over the city and beyond and see the mountain’s famous three craters, which sit side by side.
As Auckland is such a popular destination, it’s no surprise that a wide range of cruise lines offer passengers the chance to disembark here. Carnival Cruise Lines Australia, Royal Caribbean International, P&O Australia, Princess Cruises and Celebrity Cruises are just some of the cruise brands that feature Auckland in their itineraries.
From wine regions, museums, art galleries and shopping districts to unspoiled beaches, rugged hiking trails and awe-inspiring volcanoes, Auckland really is a destination that’s sure to please everyone. If you’re interested in experiencing all that the city has to offer, contact us on 1300 954 661 today!
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