Auckland is located in the northern North Island, and spans the gap between the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea. The are two beautiful harbours surrounding the city, Waitemata and Manukau, and water is within kilometres of everywhere. The people of the 'City of Sails' own more boats than any other city in the world, and this is reflected in its water-oriented lifestyle.
The largest city in New Zealand by all aspects, Auckland is home to over a million people, and is a cosmopolitan city of huge diversity and culture, and is the largest concentration of Polynesians in the world. Known as the Gateway to New Zealand, because of its large International Airport and port, most tourists to the country arrive here, spend some time, before moving on to see what the rest of New Zealand has to offer.
The city goes from as metropolitan as it gets, to quiet and peaceful, with its many surrounding beaches and bush walks. There is a huge cafe lifestyle, with many trendy cafes along the waterfront, as well as a nightlife that many larger foreign cities would die for. Just a few hours north is the beautiful and hugely popular Bay of Islands, and out to the east is Hauraki Gulf, with a huge amount of islands to be explored.
Auckland Museum, Australasia's most visited museum, was established in 1852, and contains extensive collections of Natural History, Ethnology and Archaeology, New Zealand History, Applied Arts and Photography. It also contains one of New Zealandís principal heritage Libraries.
The current Museum Building (opened 1929) is a memorial to New Zealand war dead who sacrificed their lives in the First World War, Second World War, and other conflicts. It is prominently sited in an extensive central city park, on one of Aucklandís many extinct volcanic cones, and overlooks Auckland City and its beautiful Waitemata Harbour.
The Museum enjoys very high visitation and is a popular destination for Aucklanders and visitors to the City. Nowhere else can one so quickly and so compellingly be introduced to the people of the Pacific and New Zealand, and the remarkable flora, fauna and geography of these islands.
Auckland Zoo, one of New Zealand's premiere wildlife parks, has an extensive menagerie of native and exotic animals. See the animals in their natural habitat. The McDonaldsTM Rainforest gives a first hand look at monkeys swinging throught the trees in their native environment, or watch the elephants, Kashin and Burma, being fed. You can visit the New Zealand Aviary, or see the red pandas, a highly endangered species. Other animals include alligators, lemurs, chameleons, otters, meerkats, llamas, orangutans, sealions and tortoises. The Kiwi House lets you enter the world of the native and nocturnal kiwi. Parking is Free.
Underwater World is New Zealand's largest and leading aquarium. You board a travelator and travel into the depths of the 'ocean', in the safety of your glass tube. Witness huge stingray and eels swimming around and watch the divers hand feed the giant sharks. Kelly Tarlton's is home to a huge array of fish species. There are even small touch tanks so kids can get close to the creatures.
Rainbows End is New Zealand's largest theme park, situated in the city of Manukau, Auckland. It is host to a variety of rides. Visit the giant swinging pirate ship, the Log Flune, or experience the Gold Rush ride. Located only 20 mins from central Auckland.
Victoria Park Market offers a unique shopping experience in the heart of Auckland. Enjoy a meal in one of the three licensed restaurants. The Shopping Centre overlooks Victoria Park, and is near many of the city's main attractions.
Ideal for the international traveller, Centra Auckland Airport is conveniently located four kilometres from the International Airport, and is set amongst landscaped gardens to create a country club atmosphere.
Located at the hub of Auckland's thriving waterfront; at the heart of the business district and the gateway of the "City of Sails". It's a stones throw from the Viaduct Basin and all of the attractions of the magnificent Hauraki Gulf, it is conventiently located for conference and business clients. All rooms have a panoramic harbour view.
Crowne Plaza Auckland is located in the very heart of "The City of Sails" and is the first choice for business travellers, holiday makers, sports teams, conference organisers and locals alike.
The hotel is superbly positioned above a unique, boutique shopping complex `Atrium on Elliott' and adjoins a 730 space carpark. It is only a two minute stroll to Queen Street, Aotea Centre, Sky Tower and the Viaduct Basin (America's Cup village venue).
Featuring spectacular views of Auckland Harbor, the city and parks, next to downtown centers of business, shopping and entertainment, with easy access to recreational facilities, harbor and island cruises, beaches, swimming, surfing and sailing; 15 miles to Auckland International airport
The recently opened Rydges Auckland has 188 contemporary designer-look guest rooms incorporating the very latest in technology with the very best facilities, comfort and congeniality. Located just one block from the Sky Tower & Casino complex, the hotel is ideally positioned for both the business and leisure traveller to explore this lively city.
The Sheraton Hotel is one of New Zealand's finest hotels, located in the heart of Auckland City. The winner of the 1998 New Zealand Tourism Award for best hotel, the Sheraton has over 300 rooms, ranging from normal, to the highly expensive suites.
Each room enjoys individually controlled air conditioning & heating, full business desk, modem point, mini bar, television with pay per view video, IDD telephone, tea & coffee facilities,
bathroom & hairdryer. Non-smoking rooms are available on request.