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Lush rainforests, black-sand beaches and cascading waterfalls offer a glimpse into the natural beauties of Auckland, New Zealand. In the city, enjoy a panoramic view of the downtown area from the Sky Tower with vistas of nearby skyscrapers, the harbour and the Hauraki Gulf. Other things to do in Auckland include jumping headfirst into water activities like kayaking, paddleboarding and sailing—a given in the City of Sails—and ending your days with some of the best seafood you’ve ever had.

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Make your New Zealand travel plans blossom in Auckland. Inhale the fresh air while hiking the Te Henga Walkway’s coastal cliffs and make your way to the surfing paradise of Muriwai Beach, one of the most famous beaches in New Zealand, where you’ll spot its gannet (seabird) colony while seeping your feet in its black sand. Plus, fantasy fiction lovers can get a taste of Middle-earth with a guided day tour of Hobbiton, and wellness fans can look forward to some downtime by Rotorua’s hot pools.


Auckland - Hobbiton.


English and Māori

What to eat

 A mixture of Māori ingredients infused with a variety of seafood, BBQ flavours and even halal and vegetarian options are available. Try the Māori hāngī (meat) on for size, served with a side of sweet potatoes, plus a traditional meringue pavlova cake for dessert.

What to bring back

The kiwi is New Zealand’s national bird, which makes wooden kiwis perfect for souvenirs from your visit. Auckland's attractions also include vineyards, and bringing back a bottle of chardonnay or merlot is highly recommended.

Fun Fact

Auckland might be famous for its extraordinary wildlife and ecosystem, but there’s one thing that distinguishes it from any other city: it is surrounded by a plethora of volcanoes—50 to be exact! The city is actually built on top of a volcanic field and the last eruption happened over 600 years ago. Thankfully, experts are always monitoring volcanic activity should there ever be a potential burst.


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