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TraveLibro New Zealand Auckland Featured City
The city of volcanoes, the serene Auckland is also one of the most cosmopolitan regions of New Zealand. Lined with endless stretches of landscape there are sprawling homes speckled all across the city. Whether it’s a long drive to the Waitakere Ranges, a walk through the Titirangi district filled with cute artsy cafes and galleries or a swim in those beautiful west coast beaches, this is one town that has been kissed passionately by nature. It is also one of the few places offering the magical night sea-kayaking experience to spectacular volcanic islands like Rangitoto. A walk up to One Tree Hill or Mount Victoria promises gorgeous views of the city dotted with cattle grazing away happily. Daredevils do indulge in skydiving or a free-fall! A wonderful winter retreat for the nature lovers, Auckland is not to be missed.
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TraveLibro New Zealand Auckland Featured City Auckland Art Gallery

Auckland Art Gallery

The four-leveled Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki seeks to tap into the art lover dwelling within you with its humongous variety of art on display. Check the works of Guido Reni, Picasso, Cézanne, Gauguin, Matisse, and other renowned artists at this premier art repository. A collection of traditional European art coexists with some of the famed local art pieces. Don't miss the portraits by the Maori celebrities from the last two centuries and the contemporary installations of sculptures. Apart from its usual display, there’s also gallery that displays temporary exhibits on a rotational basis. Go ahead and visit the largest art institution in New Zealand, housing a collection of more than 15,000 works.

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TraveLibro New Zealand Auckland Featured City New Zealand Maritime Museum

New Zealand Maritime Museum

The New Zealand Maritime Museum offers a comprehensive survey of the history of seafaring in the country. Its many exhibits showcase New Zealand's marine history comprising of Polynesian voyagers, European explorers to New Zealand, trading, whaling, immigration, shipwrecks, replicas of vessels, fishing, and yachting. There are many restored vessels on display both in the museum and floating in the marina. You can enjoy sometime out on the waves too. The vintage vessel sets out on a one hour voyage, letting you experience life on a tall ship in the Hauraki Gulf.

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TraveLibro New Zealand Auckland Featured City Queens Street

Queens Street

At the Queen Street, there’s only one rule: to shop till you drop. The street is lined with stores, offering something for very pocket. There’s everything from the luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Gucci, to the local boutiques, to eateries’, cafes and pubs. All of this splashed across the backdrop of empowering colonial buildings. Browse through local and international labels, high street stores or some chic designer boutiques here. Admire the art-nouveau architecture, enjoy a 360-degree view of Auckland from the Sky Tower and catch a live performance at Civic Theatre –one of the city’s main theatres.

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TraveLibro New Zealand Auckland Featured City Ferry Building

Ferry Building

The imposing Ferry Building pays an ode to the water transport in the early 20th-Century in Auckland. This ornate structure drew the attention of the ferries plying to and fro on this waterway. The ferry terminal comprises of two structures; an older, yellow Edwardian Baroque building facing the city side, while the ferry terminal (newer wharves and waiting area building) face the Waitemata Harbour, forming a striking landmark on the harbour front. The building is home to a number of cafes and restaurants that serves the voyagers who travel from this port.

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TraveLibro New Zealand Auckland Featured City Auckland Sky Tower

Auckland Sky Tower

Apart from being the perfect observatory deck, the Auckland Sky Tower has a host of activities to offer. This tallest man-made wonder of the country offers 360-degree views for up to 80 km away. It also allows you to indulge in adventures such as Skywalking or Skyjumping. The first one lets you walk round a ledge at 192 m above Auckland, whereas the later lets you jump off the tower, falling at 85 km an hour. For an elegant dining experience, head to the the Sugar Club, unwind and sip your coffee and enjoy light refreshments at Sky Café. For a one-of-a-kind dining experience, head to Orbit, Auckland's only 360-degree revolving restaurant.

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TraveLibro New Zealand Auckland Featured City  Quay Street

Quay Street

Stroll around and get your retail fix at Quay Street, which is lined beautifully with Victorian buildings. Start from the Ferry Terminal, walk up the street to observe the grandiose of the vintage architecture that lines both sides of the street. Eat at one of the many restaurants that offer quick bites, fine dining, Chinese, Italian cuisine and more to choose from.

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TraveLibro New Zealand Auckland Featured City Auckland's Wineries

Auckland's Wineries

Spent a day at the vineyards located amidst the idyllic countryside of Auckland, sip on the famous New Zealand reds like Matakana, Kumeu, Clevedon Hills and Waiheke Island. Auckland’s wine region is a large and diverse region, with around 100 vineyards and wineries. Head to the traditional winemaking districts of Henderson, Kumeu and Huapai located to the west of Auckland city. You can also book a tour with Boutique Wine Tours, Artisan Wines Ltd, Soljans Estate Winery or others, to enjoy the fashionable tradition equipped with luxury transport, exquisite wine, friendly guides and a generous sprinkling of the all important elements to make your experience a cherished one.

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TraveLibro New Zealand Auckland Featured City Auckland Walks

Auckland Walks

Ditch the comforts of an automobile; Auckland is best enjoyed through its numerous walking, horse riding and mountain bike tracks. These numerous tracks let you explore a world of contrasts from rocky coastlines to sheltered bays. Take your pick from the Coast to Coast Walkway, Waikōwhai Walkway: Manukau coastal walks, Mt Eden (Maungawhau) neighbourhood walks, Point to Point Walkway, Tahuna Torea walking trails or Upper Harbour Walking Guide. Auckland Free Walking Tours and Great Auckland Walking Tours are well-known tour operators in the region. You can become one with the lush native forest, the wide open countryside, trickling streams and bustling city streets.

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TraveLibro New Zealand Auckland Featured City Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island

Get a taste of the wild, the rugged and the untamed when you visit the Great Barrier Island. There’s so much to do here that a day trip won’t be just enough. Walk one of the many tracks through the native bushes, from short walks to the longer Aotea Track. Swim or surf at the Medlands Beach. The island offers some of the best surfing and boogie boarding in New Zealand. Enjoy a stint with the island’s native wildlife, with excellent bird watching opportunities. You can also charter a fishing boat or join a heli-fishing tour. Lastly, soak in the natural hot pools at Kaitoke Hot Springs and feel the stress melt away.

TraveLibro New Zealand Auckland Featured City View from the Auckland Volcanoes

View from the Auckland Volcanoes

Drive or walk up Auckland's volcanic fields sprawling at 360 sq km, housing famous cones such as One Tree Hill, Mount Eden or Mount Victoria, which culminate into stunning views. The city boasts of over 48 volcanic cones, which provide a distinct landscape and spectacular vistas. Most of these are extinct, although, the area itself is considered dormant. So much so that Auckland’s topography is shaped by these volcanoes. Many of Auckland's other volcanoes offer panoramic views of the surrounding land and sea, including the 600-year-old island volcano of Rangitoto.

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TraveLibro New Zealand Auckland Featured City Watch a Maori Show

Watch a Maori Show

There’s no better way to explore Auckland better than in the company of a local Maori. The tour gives you a deep insight on various Maori aspects, colonial past, culture, practices and places throughout the tour. It takes you through the Maori section of the Auckland Museum and a Maori Cultural Performance including the famous Haka war dance. You can book a full-day tour with Time Unlimited Tours and absorb the most of the Maori culture and enjoy a picnic lunch that’s included in the package.

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TraveLibro New Zealand Auckland Featured City Adventure Activities

Adventure Activities

With its scenic landscape and favourable climate, New Zealand is an adventure junkie’s haven. Go cannoning and rafting with Canyonz, a renowned operator that offers tours at Sleeping God Canyon and Blue Canyons. Embark on a black water rafting adventure or try sky walking. Manoeuvre around the edge of a three-foot broad walkway at the height of 630 ft and to further heighten your experience, combine it with a thrilling sky jump. The Auckland Bridge Climb and Bungy is yet another activity that you ought to try. Lastly, take a plunge in the air with Skydive Auckland; they offer tandem skydiving excursions along with lessons for first-timers and beginners. What are you waiting for?

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TraveLibro New Zealand Auckland Featured City Waitakere Ranges

Waitakere Ranges

Auckland showcases a stark contrast with wilderness, towering mountains and beaches existing side-by-side. This bundle is best enjoyed at the Waitakere Ranges. The region comprises more than 16,000 hectares of native rainforest and coastline, and natural treasures. Popular short walks deeper into the ranges include the Kitekite track. For those seeking a challenge the Hillary Trail is a self-guided four day hike through lush native forest and along the wild coast of the Waitakere Ranges.. This place is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, with surfing, swimming, fishing, walking, picnicking and camping. For the more adventurous there’s mountain biking, canyoning and quad biking too.

TraveLibro New Zealand Auckland Featured City Theatres of Auckland

Theatres of Auckland

Get a dose of the city's entertainment quo; many live theatres in line up the North Shore of Auckland. While Civic Theatre, the largest heritage theatre, is a renowned name, there’s Aotea Centre, Auckland Town Hall, The Edge, Sky City Theatre, Bruce Mason Theatre, Silo Theatre…the list is endless. Simply logon to the respective websites, check their schedule and book. For an open-air theatre experience, University of Auckland’s City Campus, showcases an outdoor Summer Shakespeare production.

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TraveLibro New Zealand Auckland Featured City Eden Park

Eden Park

Catch a cricket or rugby match at New Zealand's largest sports stadium, Eden Park. The stadium is home ground to the Auckland cricket team and regularly hosts international fixtures, including Tests, ODIs and Twenty 20s. With a seating capacity of 50,000, the stadium also hosts the Bledisloe Cup, ITM Cup and Super Rugby games. Go behind the scenes; enjoy a 90-min tour through New Zealand’s most famous stadium, feel the stress at the Players’ Tunnel, perch on Steve Hansen’s hot-seat in the Coaches Box and get a feel of the excitement that goes on in the changing rooms during the game.

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TraveLibro New Zealand Auckland Featured City Auckland Harbour Bridge Climb

Auckland Harbour Bridge Climb

For an unparallel view of the cosmopolitan Auckland, climb up to the summit of the Auckland Harbour Bridge—the only bridge climb in New Zealand. The 360-degree view weaves Waitemata Harbour, Sky Tower, and the other towering building lining the water front into one frame. Walk along custom engineered paths paved to provide a safe and enjoyable experience with a gently curved arch that makes it a fairly easy climb for all ages. The hour and a half long tour also takes you past the bungy jumping point, which you will pass en route. If you want to enjoy some spectacular views, contact AJ Hackett Bungy, the only operator offering this experience.

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TraveLibro New Zealand Auckland Featured City Kelly Tarton's SEA LIFE Aquarium

Kelly Tarton's SEA LIFE Aquarium

Wave out to the Antarctic penguins and see the underwater viewing tunnels at the Kelly Tarton SEA LIFE Aquarium. The aquarium houses over 30 animal exhibits, showcased in their natural habitat. It is classified under three experiences: Shark Dive Xtreme and Shark Cage experience, Penguin Discovery and Behind the Scenes, each giving you a unique insight on the aquatic world. As part of the experience you can check out the Shark Tunnel from the top, feed the snapper, kawhai, trevally, and king fish and also learn about the filtration system which pumps seawater straight from the Waitemata harbor. A delightful experience for families, we say.

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TraveLibro New Zealand Auckland Featured City Rangitoto Island

Rangitoto Island

A short 25 min cruise from downtown Auckland is the 600 year old volcanic island of Rangitoto- the youngest and largest of Auckland's 48 volcanic cones. It is clearly visible from Mission Bay to Cheltenham Beach, the island is dressed with a unique landscape of rugged lava crops, lush native bush and sandy coves. To experience the glory of the scenic island, hop on board the Volcanic Explorer for a guided road train tour. Alternately, you can also undertake an hour long walk up to the summit. From the summit, enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the city and the Hauraki Gulf islands.

TraveLibro New Zealand Auckland Featured City Shopping in Auckland

Shopping in Auckland

For those shopaholics, Auckland is a sure delight. Shop till you drop or just browse through High Street and Chancery, Queen Street, Devonport, Takapuna, Britomart Precinct, Ponsonby…the list is a long one. Also check out the Auckland Night Markets and the Matakana Village Farmers’ Market that showcase the local produce and locally manufactured ware. A few popular malls that you can head to include: the Westfield Mall and the Dressmart Mall. Browse through local and international labels, high street stores or some chic designer boutiques. After all the tiring shopping, head to one of the cafés or eateries’ that line up these streets for some refreshment.

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TraveLibro New Zealand Auckland Featured City Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo

Get up close and personal with some of New Zealand's endangered species at the Auckland Zoo, set in 17 hectares of greenery. The zoo plays a vital role in many breeding and recovery projects for those endangered native species. The various sections to explore at the zoo include: KidZone, Pridelands, The Rainforest, Te Wao Nui and Tiger Territory. The animals do not dwell in cages here; instead they reside in large enclosures mimicking their natural habitat. Simply walk along the well-kept walkways that will take you past all the animals. From hippopotamus to crocodiles, from rhinos and butterflies to kiwis- they all call this zoo their home.

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TraveLibro New Zealand Auckland Featured City Auckland War Memorial Museum

Auckland War Memorial Museum

Built in the neo-classical style, the Auckland War Memorial Museum gives a lesson or two on the history of New Zealand, especially that of Auckland, natural history as well as military. Learn about the Gallipoli campaign, whale fossils, Polynesian artefacts, New Zealand's flora and fauna, relics from ancient civilizations, a photographic collection consisting of 1.2 million images, and various historic specimens from the fields of botany, entomology, geology, land vertebrates and marine biology. Lastly, glance through the extensive exhibits on wars, fought within New Zealand and the country’s participation in overseas conflicts. Moreover, the museum also offers changing special exhibitions from time to time.

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