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Sightseeing in Auckland - what to see. Complete travel guide

Auckland is the most populous city in New Zealand. It has become home to more than 1.3 million people, which is more than 25% of the country’s population. The first settlers appeared on the site of the modern city nearly 800 years ago. They were the Maori tribes. Since ancient times, this region has attracted people by its fertile lands and close distance to water – Auckland has access to the bays of two seas. Until the mid-18th century, the city had been deprived of attention of foreign guests. A significant event happened in 1769 when James Cook visited the region.
There are numerous cultural centers that are interesting to visit, as well as other attractions in Auckland. Many of the excursion objects presented here are unique. Auckland Art Gallery is … Open
In 1820, Samuel Marsden came here to explore the Hauraki Gulf , 13 years later the first sawmill was built in the Uarkuort district. Captain William Hobson was the founder of the first European settlement. In 1840, he established the capital of the new colony and named it in honor of his best friend George Eden. That moment started active industrial development of the city. The population was growing rapidly, mainly due to immigrants arriving in the new city.
In the 20th century, the city began to attract settlers from neighbor states. That is the reason why people of so many cultures live in Auckland. Polynesians make up a significant part of the population, so Auckland has an informal nickname "The unofficial capital of Polynesia". The multinational culture of the city is one of its most attractive features. It is a place where every traveler will feel very comfortable and welcome. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
A variety of entertainment venues is also rather impressive in Auckland. The modern metropolis is perfectly suitable for a family holiday. Not far from the central business district of the … Open
Even nature is unique here. The city will appeal to travelers who enjoy exploring natural sights and stroll in scenic places. It is hard to imagine that there are craters of 48 extinct volcanoes within the borders of the city. Moreover, the water area of Auckland has more than 50 picturesque islands. The water area of the city is also unique. As it was mentioned above, Auckland has access to bays of two seas. The city is situated on a small isthmus, the width of which is no more than 2 km at its narrowest place. To the north of the isthmus, from the Pacific Ocean side, there is the Bay of Waitemata. To the south of it, there is the Manukau Bay, which is connected with the Tasman Sea by a narrow strait.
Auckland waterfront.NZ It is natural that such a beneficial location makes Auckland a popular destination for fans of beach recreation. The choice of suitable coastal areas is simply amazing, and many beaches have become regular locations of colorful festivals. Treacherous weather is among the distinctive features of the city, and the unique geographical location of Auckland is the main reason for that. The weather changes literally every 10 minutes in the city. During one day, the sky can be overcast with dense clouds more than once, looking like the rain is about to start any minute, but a few minutes later the bright sun shines again.
A holiday on the gorgeous beaches of Auckland can easily impress everyone. Due to warm climate, sunbathing and beachside recreation are possible literally all year round. In hot weather, it … Open
Travelers are interested in the amazing city from the sightseeing point of view. In Auckland, there are many cultural centers and galleries. The city is also famous for its charming parks. For many years, it has been a regular venue for international competitions in various water sports. Local sports arenas host famous tennis tournaments, such as Heineken Open and ASB Classic. This large and vibrant metropolis will charm tourists with its hospitable atmosphere. Active travelers and fans of excursions will definitely like to relax there, as well as tourists who can't imagine a holiday without new discoveries.
Walking tours remain one of the most popular pastimes among guests of Auckland. The city is rich in picturesque parks and beautiful places. Victoria Park is recognized as one of the most gorgeous places in the city. This park is home to many rare plants and rare species of birds. There is an attractive souvenir market not far from the park, so this part of the city is usually quite crowded with tourists. Western Park is a no less beautiful place. Every year, the park has a new and interesting landscape design.
Auckland has an excellent tourist infrastructure. The city offers a rich selection of first-class hotels and guesthouses for tourists. The Hilton Auckland hotel is popular with fans of … Open
Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World is a research center that has turned into a popular tourist sight. This center is dedicated to Antarctic animals; the research center has an adjacent thematic museum. Visitors to this museum will learn interesting information about wonderful inhabitants of Arctic. There is also a large swimming pool with stingrays in it. Visitors can not only watch but also touch these marine creatures. Fans of unusual entertainment should not forget to visit Auckland TV Tower as the highest observation deck in the whole city is located on one of the top floors. Moreover, there is a popular bungee jumping deck in the tower. It is located at a height of 192 meters.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Auckland and surroundings

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♥   Shopping area ' Queen Street' Auckland, 1.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Ponsonby Road' Auckland, 3.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Art galleries in Auckland and around
♥   Art museum 'Auckland Art Gallery' Auckland, 1.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Auckland from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Sky Tower

From the series “Breathtaking High-Altitude Observation Points with Panoramic Views on Cities”
Those who prefer the more tranquil and romantic entertainment can enjoy the upscale restaurant with a rotating hall. There you can admire the spectacular panorama of Auckland. It’s also worth noting that the restaurant in the TV tower is quite expensive. However, even the most budget travelers can enjoy a cup of coffee and admire views, while sitting there at a table near a huge window. Recently, visitors of Sky Tower can experience a new activity - Skywalk. You have to prepare for it in advance. An instructor-led group of visitors can stroll along the edge of an open observation deck. … Read further

Auckland Art Gallery

From the series “Famous Buildings of Renaissance Architecture”
Wealthy citizens donated from their private collections the first books to the new library and the unique pieces of art for the gallery. Other rich people followed the example of the founders and presented collections of old ceramics, furniture and other antiques. Now the gallery has more than 15 000 pictures, some of them belong to the medieval period. At the cusps of the 18-19th centuries in the historical building were placed several city institutions. In 1911 they were replaced to the new building of townhouse and the gallery received more halls for historical items. … Read further

Sightseeing in New Zealand: things to see

Stunning, simply breath-taking nature remains the main distinctive feature of New Zealand. The territory of the country is home to 10 national parks, and even streets of modern cities simply dive in greenery and blooming flower beds. Te Ika-a-Māui was called one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The island features snow-capped mountains, sleeping volcanoes, spacious green fields and hundreds of geysers. There are many beaches on the coast of the island; this place is almost always crowded with vacationers who mix sunbathing with excursions to nature reserves. … Open
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All about Auckland, New Zealand - sightseeings, attractions, touristic spots, architecture, history, culture and cuisine. Prepare your trip together with OrangeSmile.com - find out the 'must see' things in Auckland, which places to visit, which excursions to take, where the breathtaking views are waiting for you. Planning your trip with this travel guide will help your to get the most out of Auckland in few days.
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