Auckland, also known as “the City of Sails” with its enviable and spectacular water views, is a true crowd pleaser. There really is no better way to explore this city than by water – cruise, kayak or sail your way around the Hauraki Gulf’s iconic islands. Hike to the summit of the volcanic Rangitoto island, tempt your tastebuds and wine and dine your way across Waiheke Island or throw down a towel at Auckland’s iconic black-sand West Coast beaches including Muriwai and Piha.

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Other local attractions include the Sky Tower, which soars more than 300m high and offers sweeping views of the region and Auckland Zoo, home to the largest collection of wildlife in New Zealand. Travellers looking to learn more about the city’s history will enjoy visiting the centrally located Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Auckland Art Gallery.

The thriving city has made its name on the international events scene and regularly hosts some of the world’s best musical acts and sporting games. The city is considered the home ground of the national rugby team, the All Blacks, and seeing the iconic team play at Auckland’s Eden Park is considered a must-do amongst sporting fans. The largest city in New Zealand, Auckland is home to more than 1.6 million Kiwis and proudly celebrates its multicultural heritage.

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