On the water
Auckland is surrounded by water, with the sea right on the city’s doorstep. There are so many ways to explore, from jet boating and kayaking to sunset dinner cruises and scenic ferry rides. You can even help sail an America’s Cup yacht.
Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park encompasses 1.2 million hectares of coast, sea and islands—and it’s so easy to explore. The jewel of the Hauraki Gulf is Waiheke Island, a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches—just a 35 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. You can sample award-winning drops from some of the island’s 30 boutique vineyards, enjoy fine dining and take in the island’s stunning views of the outer Hauraki Gulf and city. Take a ferry or kayak to Rangitoto Island, Auckland’s most iconic natural landmark, where you can walk or take a guided 4WD tour to the summit for breathtaking 360 degree views. Tiritiri Matangi Island is an open wildlife sanctuary and one of the most successful conservation projects in the world, making it a great destination for nature lovers. Discover the crystal-clear waters of Kawau Island, the fascinating history of Rotoroa Island—now open to the public for the first time in 100 years—or the remote untouched wilderness of Great Barrier Island.
With more than 40 coastal and inland courses throughout the region, Auckland is an ideal spot for a round of golf. Whether you’re after international quality resort courses or picturesque local gems, there’s a perfect round for players of all abilities.
Food and wine
Surrounded by fertile land and rich waters, Auckland is blessed with great produce on its doorstep. These days it also boasts worldclass chefs, food producers and winemakers, and is internationally recognised as a foodie destination. From degustation delights to seafood restaurants and ethnic fusion, it’s all here.
Auckland is also surrounded by wine regions, with more than 80 vineyards within 20 kilometres of the central city. Sample award-winning wines on an exclusive tour, excite the taste buds on a food tour, or enjoy great local produce at the Auckland Fish Market or one of the region’s many farmers’ markets.
From mild to wild
Auckland’s extraordinary variety means there’s an adventure to suit everyone. You can bungy jump off the Auckland Harbour Bridge, go canyoning down waterfalls, heli-fish on a distant Hauraki Gulf island or quad bike through the forest. For something more mellow, walkers can tramp through native rainforest or along spectacular coastal paths in Auckland’s regional parks, go horse riding along a deserted white-sand beach or indulge in luxury spa treatments or personalised shopping tours.