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Become familiar about Auckland through this travel guide

Auckland is the city of lovers and therefore the Māori name of this city is “Tāmaki Makaurau”. It is a geologically blessed town which has fixed its modernism on a rocky coastline of two harbors. The city is positioned on a narrow isthmus disrupted by volcanic tunnels and enclosed by bountiful farmland. Auckland is often known as the “City of Sails” because of attractive west coast surf beaches, gleaming Hauraki Gulf with its numerous islands along with Waitemata Harbor yacht tour.
It is also known as the “City of Extinct Volcanoes” as the city is built on the Auckland Volcanic Field consisting of 48 volcanoes. There are dense zones of rain-forest, wineries, thermal springs, and wildlife reserves, which makes it one of the world’s top cities for the distinction of life and livability.

Get acquainted with the topography of Auckland

Auckland is the biggest cosmopolitan area in bothPolynesia and New Zealand and is situated in the northern half of the North Island, on a narrow isthmus of land that connects the Northland peninsula to the rest of the North Island. Auckland region is the amalgamation of four cities that is Manukau in the south, North Shore in the north, Waitakere in the west and Auckland City itself.
Los Angeles and Auckland have mutual urban planning pattern and they are sister cities. The town and suburbs stretch over a huge urban region, edged to the east and west by two greatharbors i.e. Waitemata and Manukau along with the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, coming closer to form a new island. Takapuna, about a 15-minute drive from downtown, is acknowledged for its white-sand beach, retail and culinary scenes.
The Central Business District, or CBD, and the inner-city suburbs are locked down with significant High Street, Vulcan Lane and Britomart. They overflow with boutiques, open-air cafes and restaurants while Inner-city Ponsonby is akin to New York City’s West Village, with a long-winded suburban neighborhood heaving with Victorian-era houses

The most captivating things to see in Auckland

  • 1Rangitoto Island
  • 2Waitakere Ranges Regional Park
  • 3Mount Eden
  • 4Cornwall Park
  • 5Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • 6Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
  • 7Waiheke Island
  • 8Auckland zoo
  • 9Tiritiri Matangi Open Sanctuary
  • 10Viaduct Harbor

What to do in Auckland

  • 1Hike aboard a 300cc four-wheel motorbike and head for the dunes
  • 2Experience the world's first harbor bridge bungee jumping
  • 3Watch the dolphins and whales in the Hauraki Gulf
  • 4Venture to the magnificent Awhitu Peninsula
  • 5Head to a snow-cat and journey through the Antarctic and watch sharks and stingrays voyage overhead.

Join the diverse food culture of Auckland

Auckland has many award-winning wineries, delightful local producers and vibrant restaurants in the inner-city precincts. Auckland is immensely multi-ethnic and it is revealed into its lively dining scene. Contrasting Melbourne and Sydney, which has an ironic Mediterranean immigrant heritage, Auckland is the combination of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian and Thai flavors making it a food lover’s paradise. Waiheke Island, a 35-minute minute ferry trip across the harbor from downtown is branded as ‘the island of wine’. Matakana is recognized for its excellent wineries and boutique vineyards amid rolling countryside while Kumeu is Auckland’s oldest wine region.

Get the taste of kiwi fashion

If you are a shopaholic and also a foodie, then save a day for a shopping itinerary that will be combined with stylish cafe and restaurant experiences in Auckland. This shopping experience will give you a tang of Kiwi fashion, culture and the local way of life. Auckland’s coffee culture is of high class and you can enjoy the range of quirky and modern cafes along with boutiques and designer shops in Ponsonby. Make sure you don’t oversight Andrea Moore and Ricochet on Mackelvie Street. Take a tour to Nuffield Street in New market, which is the hub of high-end designer fashion, cosmetic and homeware stores and you can have food at Mojo Carlton Gore.

Walking and hiking

Auckland offers an array of vivid scenery and therefore provides an opportunity to go for day walks in the area of few hours' drive. A small ferry ride to Rangitoto Island, which offers hiking to the dormant volcano, shows you the overwhelming sights of the city. If you want to head for rough rocky beaches and sheltered native bush, then visit west to the Waitakere Ranges and complete the Te Henga Walkway. You can also walk on beaches like Piha and Muriwai with big surges and boundless sandbanks.

Transportation

The city and its inner suburbs can be easily discovered on foot or you can proceed with the Inner Link bus, which coils around the city to Parnell, K Road, Ponsonby, and Victoria Park. Auckland’s public transportation is a hassle sometimes, so reserve a car in advance if you want to a take tour of the entire city.

Auckland lies in a temperate climate zone and there is no extremes experience, at any time of year. January and February are the hottest months while July and August are the coldest months. Humid and moist conditions are usual in all seasons

Best time to go

Best weather to travel esp. for beach swimming is in between December to May. If you want to escape expensive hotels and airfare rates, you can travel during the spring season.

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