12 July, 2019
Wellington might be the capital, but Auckland is where it's at. Spread over islets, coves, and big bays on the northern end of North Island, this is bustling business hub of New Zealand. It's the biggest city, and one happening place to start you travels Down Under. Perhaps you'll have a soft spot for the hipster bars and microbreweries of Ponsonby? Maybe you'll prefer the sleek quayside fish taverns of the Auckland Harbor? Or will you fall for the hearty coffeeshops and lookouts of well-to-do Devonport? Either way, there are neighborhoods that ooze character and class in this confident town. And that's not even mentioning the wild surroundings, from the surf-kissed shores of Mangawhai to the volcanic isles of the Hauraki Gulf. Cheap flights to Auckland typically come in winter (between May and August), but some airlines have bargain tickets all year long.
Whether you come to dine in the revolving restaurant or bungee from 192 meters up, there's sure to be something to entertain at the iconic Sky Tower.
Get a glimpse of the unique flora and fauna of New Zealand in this award-winning attraction. There are even kiwis – the endangered national bird!
Escape the hustle of Auckland central by hopping the ferry to Waiheke Island. It's perfect for wild kayaking excursions, hikes through native forests, and wine tasting in organic vineyards.