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Auckland Travel Guide – a cosmopolitan city of yachts, Pacific Rim cuisine and adrenaline-charged activities

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An Auckland city break combines urban style, Polynesian culture and on-the-edge activities. Book an Auckland hotel to discover New Zealand’s ‘other’ capital city.

OutdoOutdoor pursuits - Things to do Auckland, NZ

Make the most of the waterfront location on an Auckland city break. Go swimming at inner-harbour beaches, scuba diving in marine reserves and kayaking at nearby Okahu Bay. The Harbour Bridge provides bungy-jumping and the Sky Tower attraction, looming over Auckland lets brave souls freefall off the top. For a more leisurely pace, the coast-to-coast walkway between Waitemata and Manukau harbours is an enjoyable 15km self-guided walk. Sightseeing cruises ply the harbour and sailing tours ride the waves in America’s Cup yachts.

Auckland on a plate – Restaurants in Auckland, NZ

Award-winning restaurants in Auckland cluster on Viaduct Harbour and neighboring Ponsonby and Parnell roads. This is a food-loving city. Sophisticated restaurants at fashionable Auckland hotels and food courts offering global cuisines compete with Pacific Rim eateries, waterfront seafood specialists and Italian cafés serving serious coffee. Late-night drinks are poured in Viaduct Harbour’s glamorous bars, and wine aficionados seek out New Zealand specialties at wine bars in the inner city.
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Auckland for kids

Auckland has a huge sense of fun, with jaw-dropping views from Sky Tower, the tallest structure in the southern hemisphere, and indoor skiing year-round at Snowplanet. Penguins are a hit at Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter, and kiwis and other native animals feature at the zoo. Go swimming at safe Mission Beach, and fire young imaginations at the Maori Treasures Gallery and discovery centre at Auckland Museum.
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