Auckland is the largest and most heavily populated City in New Zealand and is home to over 30% of the Country’s population. It is unique in the fact it is situated between 2 harbours on opposite sides of the North Island. The Auckland region is made up of four Cities including Auckland itself. The other three are Manakau, Waitakere and North Shore. Auckland has a large international airport and is surrounded by a myriad of multicultural suburbs which provide a diverse range of activities for the traveller. The inner City is a buzzing metropolis with a good choice of shopping and dining options to suit all tastes and budgets. The Sky Tower commands the landscape and at 328 metres in height offers a panoramic view across the harbour and city sights. There is a casino and restaurant at the top providing the perfect place to relax and admire the view. Auckland is known as the City of Sails and has a large boating fraternity both at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron marina and throughout Auckland’s beautiful bays. The harbour is a busy place with the main focus being the Auckland Harbour Bridge which connects to the North Shore and Davenport.
The bridge is popular for bungy jumping and scenic climbs and the harbour has a good choice of boat cruises. There are breakfast, dinner and lunch cruises aboard a selection of yachts and motor cruisers as well as the option to crew on an America’s Cup Maxi Yacht. Auckland activities on the harbour include diving, fishing, windsurfing, sailing and swimming with all beaches a short drive from the City Centre. Auckland attractions include Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World and Auckland Zoo. Places to stay in Auckland have everything to offer from family accommodation through to Luxury accommodation. There is a good selection of Hotels in the City and a range of motels and bed and breakfasts around the bay and rural suburbs. Auckland has a good transport network with buses, ferries and shuttles running regularly across the City. holiday rentals for Campervan and Motorhome hire for the north island are available near the airport and most companies run shuttle services to pick you up and drop you off to meet your flight. Car rental is available from the airport. There are a huge range of Auckland tours to take which explore both Auckland and the North Island’s most popular destinations. Auckland is also the gateway to Northland at the top of the North Island.
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