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Things to do in Auckland

By Lauren Jade Hill

As a major hub of New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland combines the attributes of a cosmopolitan city with the appeal of the natural beauty it’s surrounded by. We take a look at the best things to do in Auckland to make the most of this unique setting.

Based around two harbors, many of the city’s attractions embrace their waterside location. With its geography in mind, Auckland is known as the City of Sails, so it’s worth taking to the water during your time here. Visitors can join sailing boats at Viaduct Harbour with tickets that also include entry to the New Zealand Maritime Museum.

You can then take a closer look at New Zealand’s history and culture by visiting the Auckland Museum, which places the focus on unique Maori and Pacific Island heritage and cultural identity. And as the sun sets, head to one of the most famous sights in Auckland, the city’s Sky Tower, which provides a scenic dining venue and activities such as a SkyWalk, as well as an observation deck for spotting landmarks on the horizon.

New Zealand is undoubtedly best known for its great outdoors and exceptional natural beauty, and Auckland is one of the cities in which visitors base themselves for further exploration. The city is in fact built on a volcanic field with a number of dormant volcanic cones now providing green space with some of Auckland’s best views and walking trails that take these panoramas in.

More wild areas can be reached without venturing far from the city. Pay a visit to Rangitoto Island to kayak, hike and take in views of the city; follow the coast to coast walking trail beginning in Viaduct Harbour and finishing 16 kilometers later at Manukau Harbour; or set out for the Waitakere Ranges to explore the landscape of rainforest and black sand coast.

Where to Stay

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Fusing the French elegance Sofitel brings to each of its hotels, with the character of the city it’s in, this hotel provides a luxurious base to stay on Auckland’s waterside. Situated between Viaduct Harbour and the Wynyard Quarter, the hotel is at the heart of the city with views over Waitemata Harbour. The interiors here are spacious, modern and filled with light, encompassing the sophisticated dining venues, Lava Dining, Sabrage Bar and 21 Viaduct Café, and Sofitel’s signature So Spa.

The Langham Auckland

Taking inspiration from New Zealand’s natural beauty while reflecting the European heritage of this brand, The Langham Auckland is another of the city’s most luxurious places to stay. True to the brand, the hotel serves cocktails and a lavish afternoon tea with Wedgwood in its Palm Court. Eight Restaurant then acts as the main dining venue, featuring eight interactive kitchens. Chuan Spa and the heated rooftop pool add even more appeal.

To find out where to eat, take a look at our pick of the seven best restaurants in Auckland.

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