Auckland - is New Zealand's largest city and main transport hub.
Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and main transport hub. The region is home to some 1.5 million people and and is also the largest Polynesian city in the world. Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping, and you’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland, New Zealand, our largest and most diverse city.
More than just a city, Auckland is a whole region full of things to see and do. Best of all, with so many experiences close by it’s easy to hop from one adventure to the next.
A stunning natural playground
Auckland’s diverse landscapes provide countless opportunities to get immersed in nature. In the west, lush native rainforest plunges down the hills to meet the sea on dramatic black sand beaches while the east’s sheltered golden sand beaches are fringed with red-flowering pohutukawa trees. To the north the rolling hills of wine country meet stunning coastlines and in the south you'll find picturesque country gardens, unspoilt forest and tranquil bays to explore.
New Zealand's Auckland region is dotted with 48 volcanic cones, which provide spectacular panoramic views of the city and harbour. Many are surrounded by lush parkland, making them perfect picnic spots. Rangitoto Island just a 25 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, is the region's most iconic volcano and a favourite day trip destination for visitors, hikers and bird watchers.
Hauraki Gulf and Islands
Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park encompasses an incredible 1.2 million hectares of coast, sea and islands – and there are so many ways to explore it.
The jewel of the Hauraki Gulf is Waiheke Island a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves, farm land and golden beaches; and only a 35-minute ferry ride away from downtown Auckland. Sip on award-winning wines at some of the 30 boutique vineyards and wineries, enjoy fine dining and pick up superb local artwork.
Make sure you get out on the water while you're here, whether it’s a relaxing harbour cruise, a fishing charter, whale and dolphin spotting, kayaking or surfing.
Shopping and dining in Auckland
Auckland is a shopaholic's paradise, with everything from top-end designers to open air street markets. Discover the diverse range of cafes and restaurants offering cuisine from around the globe and check out the buzzing nightlife of the central city. Favourite spots include Wynyard Quarter, the Viaduct Harbour, the Britomart precinct and City Works Depot.
Once you've seen the city, head out to one of Auckland's beautiful wine regions where you can sample local wines against the backdrop of vine-covered hills and sparkling ocean.
In and around Auckland are a number of motorsport venues:
- Pukekohe – approximately 40-50 minutes south of the CBD hosts regular national and club events and every April a round of the Australian V8 Supercars
- Hampton Downs - Approximately 1 hr south of Auckland on State Highway One. This track is only a few years old and each year sees new development. Every year it hosts the NZ Festival of Motorsport and a round of the Toyota Racing Series.
- Meremere – 1 hour South of Auckland on State Highway One. Meremere is home to New Zealands main dragstrip.
- Western Springs Speedway – 5-10 minutes from the CBD home to regular speedway events for Sprint cars, Midgets, TQ and F2 midgets.
- Waikaraka Park Speedway – 30 minutes from the CBD home to regular stock racing and an annual demolition derby.
- MOTAT – located at Western Springs 10-15 minutes from the CBD the Museum of Transport and Technology