Auckland is both a city and a gateway to a whole region of natural wonders. This modern and diverse city is set on a beautiful harbour that acts as the centre of many locals' lives. In Auckland, you'll never be more than a half hour from a beautiful beach, hiking trail and, aboard your motor yacht, you'll be able to easily access a dozen enchanting holiday islands.
With a sunny climate and pleasant weather all year round, Auckland is full of things to see and do. With a strong Polynesian cultural influence, well-regarded food, wine and shopping scenes, Auckland is a great base for visiting nearby islands or, if you're feeling like a break from the water, an easy and relaxing road trip to one of the many surrounding towns and attractions.
Once you're moored in Auckland's beautiful harbour framed by the city skyline, you can enjoy one of New Zealand's iconic sunset scenes with a glass of local Pinot Gris in hand. But don't let your discovery end there because Auckland has so many experiences to offer from farmers markets in Matakana, boutique shopping in the city centre and a selection of unique New Zealand exhibits and galleries detailing Maori traditions and history. Further afield but less than an hour from the city, you'll find the popular and remote west coast beaches, where the Tasman Sea meets long, breathtaking swathes of black sand.
While you're in Auckland, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to indulgence. Choose from a great selection of cafés and restaurants at popular waterside precincts Wynyard Quarter and Viaduct Harbour or venture further into the city to enjoy edgy bars and eateries in the Britomart precinct or check out what Ponsonby has to offer in the way of stylish laneway bars and organic produce markets. Of course, Waiheke, affectionately known as the ‘island of wine’ thanks to its enviable collection of award-winning wineries, is the ultimate indulgent Auckland day-trip with food and wine tasting experiences just a short ride from Auckland Harbour.
Just a short ride from Auckland Harbour is the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, New Zealand's largest marine reserve protecting the area's marine wildlife and birds. The Hauraki Gulf splays out over more than one million hectares of sparkling blue waters punctuated by small islands, offering countless water activities and island adventures. Head to Rangitoto Island to climb Auckland's youngest volcano, take a day trip to Motuihe, a favourite picnic spot for local boaties or visit Kawau Island to see some of New Zealand's most important historical buildings.