A cultural paradise, Auckland, New Zealand is a city draped with spectacular sights of mountainsides and a dazzling harbor. Adventure seekers get ready to feel the rush of adrenaline flow through your bones. From 16,000 feet in the air, embrace the cool breeze as you soar out of a plane. Take a romantic horse ride while watching the giant waves cascade upon the shore, or gaze at the unusual exhibitions in the Auckland Museum. Maori performers are waiting to bless you with the mesmerizing Haka war dance and invite you to indulge in all that Auckland has to offer. With such a diverse landscape, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Auckland is a fascinating city that attracts many people with its vibrant atmosphere. It overflows with luxurious amenities while boasting a society full of pride.
Populated with 48 volcanoes, Auckland, or Tamaki Makaurau (the name used by its Maori natives), continues to be one of the most desirable cities in the world. New Zealand’s biggest gem attracts many wandering eyes to its unspoiled treasures of rich volcanic soil and natural wonders. Whether you are flying in the sky or touching the ocean floor, you cannot escape Auckland’s charismatic culture and breathtaking views. Its museums hypnotize their visitors with fascinating stories and preservations of historic collections. Towering over the city at 328 feet, the Sky Tower encourages its brave tourists to take a daring skywalk around its circumference. Shutterbugs will enjoy the sights of Mount Eden while learning about Auckland’s colorful heritage. Also, the city’s majestic maritime offers sights of exotic aquatic animals as well as kayaking, sailing, and other nautical opportunities.
From shopping districts to strips, there is a colorful spectrum of jewels lurking behind every door. The local stores are dazzlingly beautified with multicolor knickknacks and designer goods. Fashion lovers can nourish their memories with exquisite “made in New Zealand” collectibles without the bustling long lines. Take a break from shopping and enjoy a sip of wine at the local wineries. What is better than having a backdrop of magical views with a glass of a fine vintage delicacy in your hand?
The chefs of Auckland prepare visionary cuisines that will quench every pallet. From traditional specialties to multicultural treats, there is an endless supply of mouthwatering imaginative dinners. The Observatory Buffet Restaurant located in the Sky Tower offers fantastic culinary temptations while providing an amazing panorama of the city’s scenery. Sink your teeth into a plate of the famous fish and chips, seafood freshly caught from the marina or even a juicy steak from the trendy restaurants that are dotted along the cobblestone streets.
Auckland experiences a moderately humid climate. During the months of December to March (warm season), the weather fluctuates between the mid-70s and the low 60s. In May-September (cold season) the temperature averages from a high in the 60s and lower to the mid-40s.
There are many ways to get around Auckland. Auckland International Airport services flights to and from the city. Helicopter rides are an exhilarating way to capture a bird’s eye view of the city. Water taxis are also an exciting means of travel while viewing Auckland’s landscape. Buses are abundant and easily available from the Britomart Transport Centre. To navigate through the city at your own speed, bikes are accessible for rental for $20/day. Also, with a valid driver’s license, you can rent a car. (Just remember to drive on the left side of the road).