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Discover Auckland’s vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and diverse culinary scene in our comprehensive travel guide. Explore the city’s iconic landmarks, beautiful beaches, and lush vineyards. From the dormant volcanic island of Rangitoto to the bustling Viaduct Harbour, uncover the best of New Zealand’s largest city. Start planning your Auckland adventure today!

In Auckland, you’ll discover a harmonious blend of urban convenience and natural beauty.

Just a stone’s throw from Auckland city centre lie lush rainforests, serene parks, and inviting beaches. The Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, located to the west, boasts over 250 kilometres of trails winding through verdant native rainforest, past picturesque waterfalls, and along the breathtaking coastline.

Delve into the expansive native forest of the Hunua Ranges or marvel at the captivating scenery within Auckland’s 26 regional parks, such as Duder, Shakespear, Tapapakanga, or Āwhitu.

Auckland’s coastal charm is never far away. Grab your surfboard and head to one of the rugged black-sand surf beaches along the untamed west coast – Karekare, Piha, Te Henga (Bethells), Muriwai, and more await your adventurous spirit.

For those seeking golden sands and crystal-clear waters, venture north to the expansive beaches of Orewa, Tāwharanui and Pakiri. Closer to the city centre, just a quick 15-minute drive from downtown, lies Mission Bay, Kohimarama, and St Heliers. Take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront promenade, rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard, and treat yourself to some freshly caught fish and chips by the seaside.

Whether you’re seeking tranquility in nature or excitement by the shore, Auckland offers an abundance of experiences to delight every visitor.

Dining in Auckland

Auckland boasts a diverse array of dining options, catering to every palate and pocket. In the heart of the city, you’ll find contemporary eateries at Britomart, Commercial Bay, Federal Street, and City Works Depot, offering a modern dining experience. Alternatively, indulge in a delectable meal or casual fare along Auckland’s stunning waterfront, within the Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter precincts.

Visit Auckland’s Vineyards

For wine enthusiasts, Auckland is surrounded by three prominent wine-growing regions, each offering exceptional wine paired with breathtaking landscapes. Embark on a journey to Waiheke Island, dubbed ‘the island of wine’, where you can explore its 30 wineries and vineyards amidst stunning scenery. Venture north of the city to Matakana, where boutique wineries dot the coastal countryside, providing a picturesque setting for wine tasting. In the west, Kumeu boasts Auckland’s oldest vineyards, surrounded by lush market gardens and organic produce, promising a delightful gastronomic experience.