The volcanic isthmus that Auckland sits upon has been occupied since the 14th Century by indigenous Maori people. Modern Auckland was founded as the colony's capital in 1840 by William Hobson, then Governor of New Zealand. Although capital status passed to what is now Wellington only twenty years later, Auckland remains a thriving city, economically prosperous and recently voted the city offering the 5th best quality of life in the world.


Auckland’s Sky Tower dominates the skyline. Grab a drink at one of the bars at the top and sit back, enjoying the views from the tallest building in the southern hemisphere. If that's not enough there is even the opportunity to 'Base Jump' from the top!

The city features a number of museums including, the Auckland Museum that exhibits a wide range of Maori artefacts amongst its collection, and the Museum of Transport and Technology, which hosts a huge selection of planes and trains, and a miniature tram-line. For something a bit more unusual, head to the Howick Heritage Village, where actors re-enact life as it would have been known to colonial settlers in the mid 19th Century.

New Zealand is famed as a thrill-seekers paradise, and Auckland is certainly no exception. Head to the Waitemata Bridge for a nerve-racking bungee jump over the harbour.

If you’re looking to get away from the city experience, just half an hour away you will find the massive unspoilt natural haven of the west coast. Follow the hiking trails through the forest, or take it easy on one of the striking black sand beaches. Alternatively, you could take a trip up to the summit of the extinct volcano Mt. Eden. It is the highest natural point in Auckland and features stunning views of the city.

Auckland is colloquially known as the 'City of Sails', and there is always a great deal to do in the harbour. You can hire or charter yachts, take a cruise on a glass-bottomed boat, or even go scuba diving.

Finally no trip to Auckland is complete without a visit to the Harbour Bridge, which has almost become a symbol of the city itself.


There are a number of shopping complexes in Auckland, including the very recently opened Sylvia Park, which is set to become one of the largest shopping centres in New Zealand.

Alternatively head downtown to Aotea Square and Queen Street, where you can find frequent arts and crafts markets.

Nightlife and Eating Out

Nightlife in Auckland is lively, and there are plenty of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. The city is full of bars and clubs that offer everything from karaoke and drag acts, to top DJs and live music.

If you're after everything in one place, the Sky Tower is host to a lot of entertainment, and includes two casinos, a theatre and a number of bars.

For something a bit unusual, head to the trendy Ponsonby suburb, where you will find a number of cafés and restaurants, amongst them The Ponsonby Belgian Beer Café. Serving authentic Belgian beers and food, and located in the old post office building, 'The Ponsonby' makes for a great night out!

‘Pacific Rim’ fusion food, a mixture of Asian and local styles, is native to Auckland. You will find this and a great deal of international cuisine available in the city.

Being almost surrounded by the ocean, seafood is a speciality. A trip to the Auckland Fish Market allows you to buy fish and other produce, but also offers the chance to learn how to cook it, at the 'Seafood School'.

Tourist Information

Tourism Auckland, PO Box 5561,Wellesley Street, Auckland, New Zealand Tel: +64 9 979


Auckland International Airport flies to destinations the world over. Buses, taxis and car hire are available from the terminal.