Auckland Tourism
New Zealand's Largest City

Auckland Tourism is the most important in New Zealand. This is the largest city in the country, located in the north part of New Zealand’s North Island with an estimated population of 1.5 million. Nicknamed the “Sails City”, it is based around two harbors.  It is one of the few cities in the world to have two harbors on two separate major bodies of water.

It has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world. In Maori, Auckland's name is Tāmaki Makaurau and the transliterated version of Auckland is Ākarana. I invite you to a virtual tour of Auckland’s most important attractions.

Waitemata Harbour is the gateway to Auckland

Waitemata Harbour is the gateway to Auckland

Also known as Auckland Harbour, it is the main access by sea to Auckland. It connects the city's main port and the Auckland waterfront to the Hauraki Gulf, and the Pacific Ocean. It is sheltered from Pacific storms by Auckland's North Shore, Rangitoto Island and Waiheke Island.

The harbor is an arm of the Hauraki Gulf, extending west for 18 Km from the end of the Rangitoto Channel. Its entrance is between North Head and Bastion Point in the south.

The north shore of the harbor is formed by North Shore City, one of several separate cities within Greater Auckland.

The harbor is crossed at its narrowest point by the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Further east lays the Port of Auckland.

Auckland Harbour Bridge over Waitemata Harbour

Auckland Harbour Bridge over Waitemata Harbour

This bridge over Waitemata Harbour is an eight-lane bridge operated by the NZ Transport Agency, and the longest in the North Island.

It is 1,020 meters long, with a main span of 244 meters, rising 44 meters above high water, allowing ships access to the deep-water wharf at the Chelsea Sugar Refinery, one of the few such wharves west of the bridge.

Bungy operator AJ Hackett operates a 40-meter bungy jump from the bridge and offers a bridge climb with views of the city and the harbor.

Sky Tower

It looks like a giant arrow pointing to the heavens. Its special lightning is awesome at night and it changes colors according to the occasion.

Waiheke Island

This is New Zealand’s most populated island. Its population of nearly 9,000 compliments itself with another 3,500 temporary residents that own their summer homes on the island.

Auckland Museum

It is also known as the Auckland War Memorial Museum, tells the story of the Auckland region. The museum hosts exhibit that focus on the Maori people, the area's natural history, and the region's military history.

Auckland Museum
Albert Park a gorgeous public park in Auckland New Zealand

Albert Park a gorgeous public park in Auckland New Zealand

This is a public park in central Auckland. The park occupies most of the land of Albert Barracks, the early European fortifications.

It borders Auckland University Campus and incorporates a few Victorian Merchant Houses and the Old Government House called Waterloo Quadrant.

Laid in 1880 it has commanding views of the city and the harbor. It contains some interesting specimen trees dating from the 1880s to the First World War.

The statue of Queen Victoria was one of several similar sculptures installed by municipal authorities throughout the British Empire following the monarch Diamond Jubilee in 1897. This sculpture was cast in London and unveiled with considerable ceremony here as part of the Jubilee celebrations.

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Auckland Domain Park is one of the top Auckland Attractions

Auckland Domain Park is one of the top Auckland Attractions

This Auckland’s oldest park contains sports fields, interesting sculpture, formal gardens, wild corners and the Winter Garden, tropical house, cool house, coffee kiosk and a neighboring cafe. At its humble peak, a Totara surrounded by a palisade honors the first Maori king.

The park is home to one of Auckland's main tourist attractions, the Auckland War Memorial Museum, which sits prominently on the crater rim of the former volcano.

Several sports fields are located at the floor of the crater, the rim opposite the Museum hosts the cricket pavilion and Auckland City Hospital, and the Winter Garden.

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Eden Park is the largest stadium in New Zealand

Eden Park is the largest stadium in New Zealand

This is New Zealand’s largest stadium. Located in central Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, its rich sporting and social history and its international profile are unmatched by any other stadium in the country.

Although used primarily for rugby union in winter and cricket in summer, it has hosted rugby league and soccer matches. In 2011 it hosted pool games, two quarter-finals, both semi-finals and the final of Rugby World Cup 2011. In doing so it became the first stadium in the world to host two Rugby World Cup Finals, having held the inaugural final in 1987.

It was a venue for the 2015 Cricket World Cup, which was jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

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Auckland Botanical Garden

It is located in Manurewa, South Auckland. Developments started in 1973. The garden was officially opened to the public in 1982. It now holds more than 10,000 plants.

Rotoroa Island

This is an island to the east of Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand. The island is in the process of a reforestation with many native plants. The island is accessible through various ferries.

Queen Street

It starts at the Queens Wharf on the waterfront and trails almost two miles through the city. If you want to go on an urban walk, head to Queen Street. Here, you'll find many stores besides Auckland Town Hall and Bank of New Zealand.

Auckland's St Patrick's Cathedral

Also known as the Auckland Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph, is the mother church of the Catholic Diocese of Auckland, attracting many visitors. It is located in downtown Auckland.

Britomart Public Transport Center in Auckland

Britomart Public Transport Center in Auckland

This is the public transport hub in the central business district of Auckland, New Zealand, and the northern terminal of the North Island Main line. It combines a bus interchange with a railway station in a former Edwardian post office, extended with expansive post-modernist architectural elements.

It is at the foot of Queen Street in Auckland city center, with the main ferry terminal just across Quay Street. It is considered a great success, heading for capacity with the growing uptake of rail commuting.

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The Auckland Civic Theater

The Auckland Civic Theater

This is a large heritage theater seating 2,400 located in central Auckland, New Zealand. First opened on 20 December 1929, it was reopened in 2000 after a major renovation and conservation effort.

It is a famous example of the atmospheric theatre style, in which lights and design were used to convey an impression of being seated in an outdoor auditorium at night, creating the illusion of an open sky complete with twinkling stars.

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Map of New Zealand showing the location of Auckland

Map of New Zealand showing the location of Auckland

For more information visit New Zealand Official Tourism Website

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