Auckland City Guide

Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and commonly referred to as the “City of Sails” due to the large number of yachts there. But it also is known for its volcanoes, with around 48 in the city, although none are live. The city’s best kept secrets are the gorgeous waterfalls and beaches in the Waitakere Ranges, which is a 45 minute drive from the center of town. There you can drive or walk up one of the many volcanoes for breathtaking views of the city. The Waiheke area has some of the best wine in the country, and you can stop by some of the wineries for free tastings throughout the year. The Sky Tower in downtown is the tallest free-standing tower in the southern hemisphere and a popular place where tourists go base jumping from a height of 190 meters. Or you can just enjoy the panoramic view going out to 80 kilometers away. For children, there is a nice family theme park called Rainbow’s End, which is the best in New Zealand. One of the best museums in the country is Auckland War Memorial Museum, which actually stands on the site of an extinct volcano.