Flights to Auckland (AKL)

Flights to Auckland transport outdoor lovers to their haven. The city's unique landscape provides endless possibilities for adventure.

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Almost one-third of New Zealand’s four million people live in Auckland. Although Wellington is the capital, travellers arriving at this buzzing city will find it a strong contender for the economic hub of the country.

Auckland sits between two harbours; nestled between the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. And with 48 volcanoes in the Auckland volcanic field – all within about 20km of the city centre – the city has one of the most unique topographies of any in the world. As a result, there’s plenty to do outdoors and indoors, with lots of adventure sports on offer, and even more activities just a short drive from the city centre.

For those not seeking an all-action adrenaline-pumping time, there are plenty of five-star restaurants and luxury hotels dotted throughout the city. This is especially true around the harbour area, while low-key cafes and boutiques are hidden around many corners. Green space is everywhere, too, with parks, gardens, and paths.

Much of the action is concentrated near the water, from the restaurants, lounges and boutiques dotted around Waitemata Harbour to the golden sands and surfer-friendly cafes of Takapuna Beach. In short, Auckland is a paradise for travellers who love being outside.

Like most New Zealanders, the people who call Auckland home are friendly, welcoming, and ready to share whatever they have with you, especially if you’re a willing and interested traveller. And while the pace of life might be a little faster here than it is elsewhere on the North and South Islands, the residents keep smiling. They know they have it good; Auckland is repeatedly ranked as one of the best places to live on the planet. Whether you go for a couple of days, a week, or a month, Auckland is worth the trip.

Bungee at the Auckland Harbour Bridge

Climbing up one of the largest bridges in New Zealand and experiencing the 360° views from the top is an effort well rewarded. But for a true once-in-a-lifetime experience, take the opportunity to hook yourself up to a bungee cord and dive down until you touch the ocean below with AJ Hackett Bungy.

AJ Hackett Bungy
105 Curran Street
+64 9 360 7748

Explore the Waitomo Caves

Hop on a bus and leave the city behind for the dark, wonderful, other-worldly atmosphere of the Waitomo Caves. Also known as the Glowworm Caves, they were formed more than 30 million years ago. The sight of thousands of glowworms clinging to the stalagmites and stalactites is spellbinding.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves
39 Waitomo Caves Road
Waitomo Caves
+64 7 878 8228

Explore Cornwall Park

The volcanic cone of One Tree Hill, with its ancient pre-European Māori fort that's still visible, is the highlight of this urban oasis. Walk the many trails, visit the Cornwall Park Cafe for a quick refreshment, or just hang out with the locals who come here to relax.

Puriri Drive
+64 9 630 8485

Visit Auckland Art Gallery

The gallery, which opened in 1887, boasts the best national and international art in the country and is located on the majestic grounds of Albert Park. You'll see everything from historic Māori creations to the latest from New Zealand's modern masters.

Albert Park
Corner of Kitchener and Wellesley Streets
+64 9 379 1349

Snorkel at Goat Island Marine Reserve

This pristine natural area about an hour's drive north of the city opened in 1977 and is the country's first marine reserve. The whole family can swim and snorkel among the colourful fish or explore tidal pools full of red crab and triplefin.

Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
160 Goat Island Road
+64 9 923 3645

Hike Mount Eden

The volcano Mount Eden (don't worry, it's dormant) is the highest natural point in Auckland and offers panoramic views of the entire city. A crater at the top, the remnant from an eruption nearly 30,000 years ago, makes for an entertaining afternoon of exploration.

Mount Eden Summit
Puhi Huia Road
Mount Eden
+64 9 301 0101

The Shed (International)

Winner of the 2014 Metro award for Best Rural Restaurant, The Shed is an experience. Located in the heart of the Onetangi Valley in Te Motu on Waiheke Island, this is a place you go to be alone with a loved one to get away from it all.

76 Onetangi Road
Waiheke Island
+64 9 372 6884

The Engine Room (International)

The central Auckland staple lies a few blocks down from the water, far enough away to minimise the hustle and bustle of the bay but not out of touch. The friendly warmth of The Engine Room makes you feel comfortable no matter how long you stay.

115 Queen Street
Northcote Point
+64 9 480 9502

Ostro Brasserie & Bar (International)

Michelin-starred Chef Josh Emett leads the way at the chic yet unpretentious place with views of the sea and the city. Sip on a homemade soda while taking a break from shopping on the waterfront.

Tyler Street
+64 9 302 9888

Le Garde Manger (French)

This elegant restaurant offers traditional French fare in the heart of Auckland proper. Le Garde Manger includes a classy upscale dining room that wouldn't be out of place in Paris, right next to the lush Myers Park that's perfect for a walk after dinner.

466 Queen Street
+64 9 362 0655

Kazuya Restaurant (Japanese)

This well-hidden gem just south of the Northwestern Motorway takes some finding but is the embodiment of New Zealand itself. The Japanese flair running through the menu mirrors the multicultural society that calls the country home. The series of awards it has won are well justified.

193 Symonds Street
Eden Terrace
+64 9 377 8537

Cazador (Mediterranean)

This is about as unpretentious as dining gets. A chilled out Mediterranean theme prevails at Chef Dariush Lolaiy's bistro-style space that has been in the family for more than 20 years. If you call ahead about some game you've caught, they'll cook it for you.

854 Dominion Road
+64 9 620 8730

The Langham Auckland

Take afternoon tea at this five-star establishment before strolling the grounds of nearby University of Auckland or Albert Park. The 411 rooms are plush and elegant, matching the vibe of the hotel. Restaurant Eight is so good, you might not want to leave to explore the city's other dining spots.

83 Symonds Street
+64 9 379 5132

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

The five-star luxury hotel with French flair sits on the harbour, featuring beautiful views from its sophisticated rooms. With its prime location, you're only a short walk from some of the nicest restaurants in the city and the rest of the shoreline's offerings.

21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue
+64 9 909 9000

Rendezvous Hotel Auckland

This is a convenient hotel for holidaymakers and business travellers. You'll find yourself in the centre of the city, close to Queen Street, Viaduct Harbour, and the Auckland Convention Centre that features Aotea Centre, The Civic, Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Square. Plus, the rates won't break the bank.

71 Mayoral Drive
Corner of Vincent Street
+64 9 366 3000

Kauri Cliffs

While Kauri Cliffs is three hours outside Auckland, it's worth the trip if you're a sporting enthusiast who wants to take advantage of the world-class, David Harman-designed golf course overlooking the Pacific Ocean. That's without mentioning the turf tennis courts and the spectacular infinity pool.

139 Tepene Tablelands Road
Matauri Bay
+64 9 407 0010

CityLife Auckland Hotel

CityLife sits in central Auckland, just steps from the businesses of downtown and less than five blocks from the action at Queens Wharf. In a city known for expensive luxury, the hotel maintains affordable rates without skimping on amenities.

171 Queen Street,
+64 9 379 9222

Abaco on Jervois

For those looking for cheaper accommodation, Abaco on Jervois is the place. The price for the smart rooms is right and the trendy Ponsonby neighbourhood nearby has a thriving cafe and casual dining scene. The hotel itself is a mere stroll from the beach.

57-59 Jervois Road
+64 9 360 6850

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