New Zealand, located in the south-western part of the Pacific Ocean, has a marked reputation for its relative isolation. Auckland City is New Zealand’s largest city and it is built on a narrow isthmus between two harbours, surrounded by extinct volcanoes and picturesque islands. The climate is mild with summer months from December to March, there for it is perfect to visit all year round. The city is home to a number of astonishing landmarks, so be sure to include them in your itinerary.
Auckland Botanic Gardens is home to over 10,000 plants from around the world. With something always in bloom it is a great place to bring the family.
Auckland Zoo is currently home to over 700 individuals representing 117 species. The Zoo offers an overnight stay option and twilight tours (Safari Nights), as well as Zoom (behind the scenes) tours.
Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World is a public aquarium in Auckland. Built in disused sewage storage tanks, the aquarium used a new form of acrylic shaping, which allowed curved tunnels rather than viewing areas with flat panels only, as in previous aquariums, and, it uses conveyor belts to slowly move people through the viewing areas.
The Auckland Domain is Auckland’s oldest park. The park houses a number of historic attractions, most notable among them the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Walking paths, picturesque statues, and incredible plant varieties, many of which are featured in wintergardens.
The Auckland Harbour Bridge was completed in 1959 and spans more than 1,000 meters over St. Mary’s Bay. The bridge is popular with tourists because of the illuminated sights of the city at night. The bridge is also popular amongst the adrenaline lovers, as climbers and those who enjoy bungy jumping excursions.
Ponsonby, an inner-city suburb, is known in Auckland for its dining and shopping establishments – many restaurants, cafes, art-galleries, up-market shops and nightclubs are located along Ponsonby Road.