Last Updated: 7th Jun 2012
Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city. Built on the edge of the world famous Auckland Harbour, it is also known as the ‘City of Sails’.
Rising above the Sky City (official site) complex, the Sky Tower in Auckland is the tallest building in the southern hemisphere. At 328 meters (1000 feet) in height, it provides wonderful views of Auckland city, harbour and the surrounding area. The Tower also includes a selection of interactive displays while Sky City is also home to a casino.
Founded by famous New Zealand explorer and adventurer Kelly Tarton, Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World (official site) is one of the largest aquariums of its kind in the world. Penguins parade in a wonderland of ice and snow while sharks, giant eels, stingrays and scores of shimmering fish glide by, there is also and Arctic expedition section.
Conveniently located in Downtown Auckland, the Viaduct is home to a great collections of restaurants, bars and cafes as well as the National Maritime Museum and the super yacht marina. A great place day or night to soak up the vibe, buzz and excitement of Auckland Harbour.
The National Maritime Museum (official site) covers over 1000 years of New Zealand’s seafaring history and includes the KZ1 America’s Cup Challenger from 1988 is outside, Maori and European craft, the Hall of New Zealand Yachting and the world’s first jet boat.
A short ferry ride from the Downtown ferry building is the north shore suburb of Devonport. The collection of shops and cafes create a village feel while you can also climb the nearby Mt Victoria for beautiful views of the Harbour, the city and beyond – A great place to spend a lazy afternoon or picnic lunch by the waters edge.
The US may have baseball, the Canadians hockey and the Italians have soccer but almost unarguably no one is more passionate about their National sport than New Zealanders are with their Rugby Union Football. Mt Eden Rugby Park is the National stadium and is home the almighty All Blacks National Rugby team.
One of the symbols of the city, the bridge was opened in 1959 and was widened, amazingly without interrupting traffic, in the 1960’s. The bridge is also home to one of New Zealand’s many AJ Hackett bungy jumping facilities.