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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Auckland, New Zealand

What to do in Auckland

Explore Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo makes for a great family-friendly day out. Set in 17 hectares, it’s home to the largest collection of wild animals in New Zealand. The animals are happy and well looked after, with spacious enclosures and lush tropical foliage instead of concrete jungles. Don’t miss the elephants, tigers, and orangutans.

Motions Road
Western Springs
+64 9 360 3805

Bungee at the AJ Hackett 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, not-of-this-world 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

Snorkel at Goat Island Marine Reserve

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

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

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 quick refreshment, or just hang out with the locals who come here to relax.

Puriri Drive
+64 9 630 8485

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

Visit Auckland Art Gallery

The museum, 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

Where to eat in Auckland

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The Engine Room (International)

This central Auckland staple lies a few blocks down from the water, far enough away to minimize 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 this chic yet unpretentious place with views of the sea and the city. Sip on a house-made soda while taking a break from shopping on the waterfront.

Tyler Street
+64 9 302 9888

Kazuya Restaurant (Japanese)

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

193 Symonds Street
Eden Terrace
+64 9 377 8537

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

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, which is perfect for a walk after dinner.

466 Queen Street
+64 9 362 0655

Cazador (Mediterranean)

This is about as unpretentious as dining gets. A chilled-out Mediterranean theme prevails at Chef Dariush Lolaiy's bistro-style space, which 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

Places to stay in Auckland

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Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

This five-star luxury hotel with French flair sits on the harbor, offering 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

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 neighborhood 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

Hotel DeBrett

This trendy boutique hotel boasts an enviable location in the center of Auckland, with 25 bright, colorful rooms and suites to choose from. It’s a wonderful hotel for socializing; Debretts Kitchen is a warm, inviting restaurant, and the hotel’s lively lounges are always packed with guests and locals alike.

2 High Street
+64 9 925 9000

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

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

Rendezvous Hotel Auckland

This is a convenient hotel for vacationers and business travelers. You'll find yourself in the center of the city, close to Queen Street, Viaduct Harbour, and the Auckland Convention Centre, which 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

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