New Zealand’s largest city mixes outdoor adventure with flourishing culture
For exhilarating views of the city, head up the Sky Tower or take a guided walk across the Harbour Bridge. Experience Auckland’s culture in the city center by visiting the Auckland Art Gallery and browsing the diverse shops and cafes along Queen Street. Spend time around Parnell, a revamped colonial village, for designer boutiques and cool art galleries – don’t forget to drop in on the lovely Rose Gardens and tiny St. Stephens church. For a glimpse of history, ride the ferry across the harbor to Devonport, Auckland’s first settlement and home to New Zealand’s navy ships.
Outdoor Auckland Attractions
Auckland’s real treasures are its natural monuments, including dormant volcanoes such as Mount Eden, One Tree Hill, Mount Victoria, and North Head, where panoramic views and recreational parkland draw visitors. The main park, the Auckland Domain, is also worth a visit for plant exhibits in the Wintergardens and the impressive Auckland Museum. The eastern beaches on Tamaki Drive are just outside the city center and one of Auckland’s main attractions. Other diverse terrain in and around the city makes it an ideal destination for recreation options such as mountain biking, surfing, diving, hiking, kayaking, and sailing.
The Cuisine Scene
Fresh ingredients and innovation take center stage in Auckland’s food culture, which fuses Pacific, Asian, and European influences. Make sure to try local fish, New Zealand lamb, and excellent local wines. To enjoy the local fare with an unbeatable view, head to Sails on the Westhaven Marina. Euro is the hot spot of the moment, winning international awards and helmed by chef-owner Simon Gault. Depot Eatery is another noteworthy (and award-winning) option – it’s always busy, but worth the wait. And for wine tasting and vineyard tours, Mudbrick is an excellent choice.