Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and very popular with tourists, it truly is amazing and there are plenty of things to do in and around this city, so there is something to suit every traveller. If you want to get your adrenalin pumping then there are quite a few activities to do this; how about sky jumping for example? Get strapped up and free jump from one of the largest buildings, the Sky Tower. If this is a little too daring then there are plenty of bungy jumping experiences to wean you into the sky jumping. For those of you who enjoy activities a little less thrilling, then you have more than enough excursions to fill your criteria, from beautiful botanical gardens to fascinating aquariums, along with whale and dolphin safaris.
If history is more your thing then you will not be short of sights to see; the city has an excellent museum. You could then visit Howick Historical Village with the wonderful Maori buildings housing many historical artefacts from the area. There is also a Maori guided tour, with the guides telling you all the ancient stories about these historical tribes. There is so much to do that you will need more than a month there to see it all. If you are a nature lover and don’t mind a 90km cruise or a flight out to Great Barrier Island to explore this untouched paradise, then you will be truly amazed with the marine and bird life and the native forests. There are endless places for you to explore in New Zealand and there is a wealth of water sport readily available too.
The closest beaches to Auckland are the east coast beaches, with beautiful clean sand beaches and perfect waters for water sports and swimming. If you want a more rugged ocean for surfing, then the west coast beaches are for you. All of Auckland’s beaches are within an hour or so from the city, and with around a 100 of them you’re sure to find one you like.
You won’t leave Auckland without purchasing something, whether it is for you or as a gift for someone else. There are many department stores and up market classy designer shops, selling fashion clothing, home wares, jewellery and much more. There are open markets selling tourist souvenirs like arts and crafts and traditionally handmade carvings, whatever your budget there is something for you. In the down town areas of the city, you will find plenty of duty free shopping too.
Auckland has a variety of cafes and restaurants, selling international cuisines to suit your taste, with sea food being a popular variety of dish. You will find most of the restaurants have a menu to suit your needs.
There is plenty of nightlife in and around the city, but the waterfront is where you will find the more classy venues and bars. You won’t be short of evening entertainment in this cosmopolitan city with a choice of theatre performances and comedy shows, to flashy casinos and trendy bars.