If you’re visiting Auckland
, why not stay in the CBD? The skyscrapers, modern streets and exciting activities show a different side to New Zealand
than its famous green hillsides. Looking for a good time? You’ll find it here! Music and gigs, museums and art galleries, and shopping and dining are all on the menu, and there’s even something to get the adrenaline pumping. Book one of our Auckland CBD hotels to be right in the thick of this hugely popular holiday destination.
The largest city in NZ, Auckland is the home of its tallest structure – Sky Tower – as well as most of the country’s other tallest buildings. The wide, sweeping Waitemata Harbour leads from Auckland to the sea and the Auckland Harbour Bridge connects the city with North Shore. Auckland is surrounded by about 48 volcanoes, so impressive natural sights are never far away. It’s attracted people from many different walks of life for over a century, and now has an amazingly diverse range of cultures, including the world’s largest Polynesian community.
Stay in the Auckland CBD and you can live the big city life with nature’s beauty still close by. To say Auckland has decent restaurants is an understatement – there are whole precincts you can choose from packed with delicious eats, from the waterfront and its harbour views to the funky local bars of High Street. When it’s time to shop, head to Queen Street to pick up some bargains, including local and international fashion labels, boutiques and whatever else takes your fancy. Auckland’s nightlife has everything from cool indie bars to cocktail lounges and hip-hop clubs, so a great night out is guaranteed!
Need some waking up? Coffee might do the trick, but you should feel pretty alive after doing the Skyjump, a heart-pumping base jump 192m from Sky Tower. If you love a good view but don’t want to plummet to earth, take the SkyWalk instead and explore the narrow rail around the tower while strapped into a harness. You’ll get an amazing look at the city, the harbour and beyond.
Auckland Museum is the place to be if you want to discover the city’s history. A stunning heritage-listed Greco-Roman building in Auckland’s 75-hectare park The Auckland Domain, it has an enormous collection of Maori artefacts. Animal lovers can check out Auckland Zoo, New Zealand’s biggest collection of exotic animals from around the world, while art fans shouldn’t miss the massive collection at Auckland Art Gallery.
When you need to get out of the city, venture to one of the nearby volcanoes like Rangatoto, or better yet, take a guided tour with a ferry across the harbour and a 4WD ride to the summit. With heaps of plant life and views of nearby ranges, this is one lush volcano.
The whole country is worth exploring, but you need to start somewhere, and Auckland is a great place to start! Find your perfect Auckland CBD hotel and book your flight to Auckland
with us and start your New Zealand adventure. It’s a journey you just have to take at least once in your life!