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A bespoke journey through New Zealand

Explore Auckland

Explore the Auckland region, your gateway to one of New Zealand's most vibrant and diverse destinations. Discover the perfect blend of urban sophistication and natural beauty, from iconic landmarks like the Sky Tower and Waiheke Island to cultural treasures and outdoor adventures. Whether you're planning a short stay or an extended visit, we will help you uncover the best attractions, accommodation, dining, and experiences Auckland has to offer.

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Auckland city

Auckland is vibrant, multicultural and New Zealand’s largest city. The ‘City of Sails’ is surrounded by the Hauraki Gulf, Waitemata and Manukau Harbours and has over 40 extinct volcanoes in the region. The highest volcano is Mount Eden and offers 360-degree views over Auckland City and the Hauraki Gulf. Surrounded by coastline, there is a diverse range of beaches to explore.

From the rugged coastline and black sand at Piha and Bethells Beach to the calm, sheltered and golden sand at Mission Bay. You can hop on a ferry at the Downtown Ferry Terminal and explore Rangitoto Island or Devonport’s North Head. Join the locals on the waterfront at Wynyard Quarter or up the hill in Ponsonby, both with a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars. New Zealanders are sports mad and in Auckland, you can find various outdoor activities and sporting events. Watch a cricket or rugby match at Eden Park, or go sailing in the Waitemata Harbour.

Discover Auckland region in a uniquely local way
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Auckland North

Auckland North is known for its golden beaches and sand dunes, regional parks, bush walks and a relaxed, outdoor lifestyle. This semi-rural region is popular amongst the locals for weekend and holiday road trips. There are many typical New Zealand holiday homes known as ‘baches’ on the coastline. Visit Puhoi, a historic Bohemian town, centred around the Puhoi River, where you can hike the heritage trail or kayak down the river, through native bush and farmland.

Go snorkelling or take a ride on the glass-bottom boat at New Zealand’s first marine reserve, Goat Island, and watch the colourful fish dart through the clear, blue water. Learn to surf or take a dip in the ocean at Omaha, Mangawhai or Tawharanui Beach. Join the locals at the Matakana Farmers Market every Saturday, and discover home-grown delicacies and award-winning wine. Matakana Village is rustic, full of character and home to boutique shops and various vineyards.

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Coastline of North Auckland

Auckland South

Auckland is vibrant, multicultural and New Zealand’s largest city, which makes Auckland International Airport a popular destination to start or end your holiday. Waiuku is 50 kilometres south of the airport, which makes it the perfect place to explore the south of Auckland.

The historic settlement is a fertile farming and horticultural area that was once used as a stopping point for Maori traders, between Auckland and the Waikato region. Explore the parkland pastures, wetlands and sandy beaches in Awhitu Regional Park or visit the iconic wooden Manukau Lighthouse, built-in 1874 and offers 360-degree views of the Auckland City, Manukau Harbour and Waitakere Ranges.

Join the locals at the Clevedon Village Farmers Market for a farm to table experience, with locally grown produce. On the West Coast, you will find Karioitahi Beach, a wild and windswept beach with black sand which is often used for surfing, fishing, horse riding and paragliding. Pukekohe is a buzzing country town. A hub for local farming and fresh vegetables but also home to both motor and horse racing.

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Park in Auckland South
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Auckland West

Wherever you are in Auckland, the sea is never far away. The water, the islands and the surrounding bays are as diverse as the city itself. Auckland has many attractions and there are tours for nature lovers, sports enthusiasts, wine gourmets or adrenaline junkies.

Auckland's west coast is home to many beautiful, black-sand surf beaches such as Piha and Muriwai. A little more sheltered than some of the other local beaches, however, is Bethells Beach (Te Henga) and therefore ideal for a beach visit and a long walk.

Auckland West coastline
Auckland West sunset

Places to visit

Auckland, a vibrant region in New Zealand, offers a diverse range of attractions that cater to various interests. The Sky Tower provides breathtaking views and adventurous activities like the SkyJump. History and culture enthusiasts will appreciate the Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

Waiheke Island is perfect for a day trip with its beautiful beaches, vineyards, and olive groves. Nature lovers can explore Rangitoto Island's volcanic landscapes, hike up Mt Eden for panoramic city views, and wander through the lush Waitakere Ranges.

Families will enjoy the Auckland Zoo and Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, while Viaduct Harbour offers a lively waterfront with dining and scenic marina views.

Accommodation in Auckland

Enjoy personalised service and local hospitality in charming bed and breakfasts, or immerse yourself in nature with eco-friendly retreats. Many accommodations are strategically located, ensuring convenience and a memorable stay. With TravelEssence, you can find the perfect home away from home while exploring the vibrant Auckland region.

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At TravelEssence, we specialise in crafting custom-made holidays that take you off the beaten path and create memories to last a lifetime. We believe in connecting with the heart and soul of a place, introducing you to the locals who call it home. Engage in conversations with fascinating individuals who will share their stories, traditions, and way of life, leaving an indelible mark on your journey.