You haven’t reached Middle Earth when visiting Auckland, but you’re not far off. The largest city in New Zealand sits close to the heart of the booming movie industry that produced the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Auckland is a buzzing, multicultural city that serves as the de facto capital of New Zealand, a country consisting of two enigmatic isles tucked in the Southern Hemisphere. It is renowned as a major base for touring the islands as well as booming center of commerce.
Things to see
The Vector Arena in central Auckland is a state-of-the-art sport and entertainment complex which was completed in 2007. If you’re lucky, a big name act such as Rihanna might be headlining, so book early to grab your tickets!
At over 1,000ft tall, the Sky Tower is the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere. This broadcasting building which dominates the Auckland skyline adds to they city’s famous emanating glow by night. Reach the top and grab a meal at the revolving restaurant.
The University of Auckland is a shining beacon of education, and the Clock Tower building is a fine example of intricate, early 20th century architecture.
Hotels in Auckland
Auckland has a great range of hotels to choose from. The center provides five-star luxury, while the harbor features other top-end options. However, despite featuring many popular luxury hotels, Auckland also offers choices for budget-conscious travellers looking for value for money.
Where to stay
For business travelers who want to be located in the downtown area, Nelson, Hobson, or Queen streets are good places to head. Further options are present near the main railway station on Customs Street East.
Families usually like to stay slightly out of the bustling central business district, close to Auckland Domain Park. Convenient transport links around Grafton and Eden terraces can get you into downtown from just south of the city.
How to get to Auckland
Auckland, where most visitors enter the country, has New Zealand’s busiest airport. Due to New Zealand’s geographic position, Auckland serves as a stopover on a huge number of long-haul flights, meaning getting here is simple. The airport is 12 miles south of the city or 40 minutes’ drive away in regular traffic conditions.