Overview Auckland

Visiting Auckland

Auckland manages to wear a cosmopolitan crown as New Zealand’s largest city while sitting rather rustically atop two natural harbors, a collection of pristine islands, and a rich slice of wine country. With these senses of nature and urbanity, plus a proud Polynesian heritage, a towering casino, and a chic waterfront, the City of Sails is deserving of its widespread popularity.... Read More Auckland manages to wear a cosmopolitan crown as New Zealand’s largest city while sitting rather rustically atop two natural harbors, a collection of pristine islands, and a rich slice of wine country. With these senses of nature and urbanity, plus a proud Polynesian heritage, a towering casino, and a chic waterfront, the City of Sails is deserving of its widespread popularity.    Close

Stories and Tips Auckland

Auckland - an overview

Written by Uncle Travelling Matt on 15 May, 2003

Auckland scared me the first time I went there. I arrived late one night in June, paid the required $14 to take the Air Bus from the airport into the city and, once I had dropped my stuff off at the hostel I had booked…Read More


Meeting Kiwis

Written by KiwiMike on 29 Oct, 2000

It may seem odd given the kiwis reputation for friendliness, but many travelers to New Zealand find it difficult to get to know the natives. Although everyone will be happy to point you in the right direction when you're lost, and you are almost…Read More


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Fly-by-Wire Jet

Written by nmagann on 16 Oct, 2000

I rode on a coach overnight to Wellington just for this one and main reason for my visit to New Zealand. The Fly-by-Wire jet is a one man teathered jet that goes up to speeds of 135 km. It is only a ten minute…Read More


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Blackwater Rafting? Not Quite

Written by nmagann on 16 Oct, 2000

The tour was called Blackwater Rafting in the town of Waitomo. It wasn't a raft, but individual inner tubes in an ice cold river underground filled with fresh water eel. What I didn't know ahead of time wound up being a pleasant surprise.…Read More


Diving Poor Knights

Written by nmagann on 16 Oct, 2000

The coldwater diving at Poor Knights Islands off the coast of Whangarei was incredible. We saw brightly colored jewel anemones, plenty of string ray, nudibrachs and more. We swam through arches and into coves. The cost was $88 per day including gear.…Read More


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Waitomo Horsetrek

Written by nmagann on 13 Dec, 2000

The horse treks here are not to missed either. Speed and time is geared to your desire at $20 per hour. I was quite experienced and the couple on the ride wasn't. As a matter of fact, it was the man's first…Read More


Day trip from Auckland to Pahia

Written by superpurd on 16 Dec, 2001

Our first day spent in the Northland was spent driving from Auckland to Pahia and stopping at the numerous sites along the way. The direct route could get you there in about three hours, but there is no fun in that and you would…Read More


Ben Hur

Written by BenHur on 15 Sep, 2004

To expand, we had a long weekend in Auckland. As our 5-year-old son loves all animal life, we thought we'd treat him to Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World. Also, with two small children in tow, we thought a rental car was needed. So we arranged both…Read More


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All about Great Barrier Island

Written by Janeight on 21 Oct, 2002

Great Barrier Island is situated in the outer Hauraki Gulf, and enjoys a wonderful climate in spring through to autumn, although the winter leaves the Island very windswept. The Island is the largest offshore island of the North Island, and is named so because…Read More


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Auckland, City of Sails

Written by Avid Traveler on 09 Jan, 2003

Nicknamed the "City of Sails," Auckland is well known by the hundreds of yachts and boats one can see bobbing around the harbor of Hauraki Gulf. Housing over one million locals, quite naturally Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and has a wide array of…Read More


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