The City of Sails
The only city in the world built on an active basaltic volcanic field, Auckland is located on the North Island of New Zealand. With a warm, costal climate, you can surf at black-sand beaches, enjoy picnics in secluded coves, or go horseback riding nearly year round.
Dominating the CBD—that’s the central business district, or simply downtown—is the Sky Tower. At 1,076 feet tall it’s the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. Take a trip to the top and enjoy a meal and a panoramic view of the city below, including the busy harbor that lends Auckland the nickname “The City of Sails”.
Tour a sheep farm, take a guided tour of the coastal rainforest, or go on a harbor cruise. Immerse yourself in Auckland’s art, Māori culture, and history. View the beauty of the coastline from above when you go hang gliding, or take a trip around the winemaking regions of either Matakana or Waiheke Island. No matter what your speed, it’s easy to find an authentic New Zealand experience in Auckland.
The highest man-made structure in New Zealand, the Sky Tower offers spectacular views of Auckland, as well as a walk on the wild side. Specifically, it's a 360-degree SkyWalk around the pergola, which just happens to be 192 meters in the air...and for the more daring, there's even a SkyJump.
Take the ferry to laid-back Waiheke Island, renowned for its secluded sandy beaches, fantastic wineries, art galleries, and surprisingly good olive oils. Be sure to check out the half-day and full-day wine tours before you go, so you can book in advance.
Auckland holds the distinction of being the only city in the world built on an active basaltic volcanic field and Mount Eden is the highest scoria cone in the Auckland area. Visitors can expect to find spectacular views of the city from the top.
Auckland, New Zealand At a glance