Auckland’s glittering harbour contains more pleasure boats per person than anywhere in the world, which is why it’s known as the “City of Sails.” But there’s a lot more to enjoy here than the pleasures of boating.
The “Golden Mile” is the major shopping and entertainment area, packed with vibrant art galleries, quirky boutiques and friendly locally owned cafes. Take a quiet stroll in the peaceful suburbs of Ponsonby and Parnell, where you’ll find tranquil places to sit and people-watch for hours.
Waiheke Island lies just off the mainland, home to excellent restaurants and world-class wineries. It’s a popular day trip, only a 40 minute ferry ride away. Or, head to the top of Maungawhau (Mt Eden) to admire the sweeping views over the city.
Within a short drive from the CBD, you could be sinking your toes into a volcanic black sand beach or getting lost in a tropical forest.
With so much culture, cuisine and natural beauty to enjoy, it’s easy to see why this city is considered one of the best places to live in the world. Although it’s a large metropolis, it has the friendly and laid back atmosphere of a small town - making it a delight to explore.