Accommodation in New Zealand Auckland
With a spectacular waterfront location between Manukau and Waitemata Harbours and being dubbed the “City of Sails”, Auckland is regarded as one of the world’s most liveable cities in the world. Many of its suburbs were once individual towns, with beautifully preserved Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco architecture, and have overtime been incorporated into Auckland’s modern urban sprawl in what is New Zealand’s largest city.
Auckland’s city skyscrapers are dominated by the 328-metre high Sky Tower, whose observation deck offers incredible panoramic views of the city and an adrenalin-pumping Sky Walk, or base jump from its 192-meter high platform. Amidst the modern centre there’s also a scattering of early architectural gems, including the Baroque-inspired Ferry Building, the marble-facade Auckland Town Hall, the turreted Auckland High Court, and one of New Zealand’s first churches, St. Patrick’s Cathedral. New Zealand’s most extensive art collection is on display at the Auckland Art Gallery, while the Maritime Museum traces the country’s rich seafaring history. The newly regenerated Viaduct Harbour is now a centre for social activity in the city, with a weekend flower market, waterside restaurants and plenty of live music. After exploring everything the city centre has to offer, jump aboard a ferry to visit the wineries and gastronomy of Waiheke Island or soak up the natural beauty of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, home to the dormant volcano of Rangitoto Island and the vibrant birdlife of Tiritiri Matangi Island.
Many of Auckland’s main attractions are located within the CBD or just a short distance away, meaning that exploring the city on foot is relatively easy. There are numerous bus, train, and ferry services which depart from the main Britomart transport centre, with boat cruises providing fantastic views across the city and islands of the harbour.
It was the Māori people who were the first to settle on the Auckland isthmus around 1350, with the Tāmaki tribes terracing the fertile volcanic cones which surround the city. The British established their first colonial capital here in 1840 and named it for the Earl of Auckland, George Eden, with the capital since moving to Wellington.