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Auckland

City of Sails

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and has a population of over 1.3 million. The climate in Auckland ranges from heavy rainfall to pleasant temperatures. The best time to visit Auckland is from November to March during the summer season. This city is built over 50 volcanoes, which render exceptional landscapes.

 

Auckland is known as the 'City of Sails' situated between the Waitemata and Manukau harbour- the perfect place for yacht lovers.

 

Auckland homes the largest Polynesian population. The annual Pasifika festival held in the western springs attracts a tremendous number of visitors. This event features 11 pacific communities showcasing their culture in various art forms such as music and dance.  Try the traditional Maori dish 'hangi', the famous 'fish and chips' and desserts such as the fluffy 'pavlova' or the local 'hokey pokey icecream'. The Pasifika festival also brings with it, its best sweets- fa'ausi, coconut masi pie and pineapple pai falafel pie.

 

Auckland is the perfect place for food lovers. Waiheke Island is known as 'the island of wines' is just a ferry ride from the city. It has over 30 wineries and numerous award-winning restaurants. Waiheke Islands offers azip lining adventure - a must do.

 

Auckland has a unique variety of flora and fauna. The city is surrounded by luscious marine park islands such as The Great Barrier island, Rangitoto island, and Tiritirimatangi island. These islands include various adventures such as camping, fishing, sailing, mountain biking, zip-lining, and a lot more. One of the most spectacular events that you can experience is the whale and dolphin safari. The Auckland zoo comprises a variety of species and guarantees a fun day out.

 

The Auckland sky tower is the ideal place to get an eyeful of this beautiful city and is a feast for adventure seekers. Enjoy the 192-meter high skywalk platform and a sky jump from that platform. Auckland is also famous for its east and west coast beaches. Other adventures include Bungy jumping from the harbour bridge, skydiving, and jet boating across the Waitemata harbour.