Auckland is the main hub for cruise ships to New Zealand. It is New Zealand's largest city, with a population of more than 1.3 million people.
Known as the city of sails, Auckland is built on a narrow strip of land surrounded by two harbours, dotted with 50 picturesque islands. For a popular metropolis, it certainly has a lot of natural beauty on offer. Volcanic cones, forest parks and stunning beaches are all within easy reach.
In downtown Auckland you can enjoy world-class dining, shopping, and sights. Favourite cultural attractions include the Auckland Museum and the Auckland Art Gallery. If you've a mind to explore, visit the island volcano of Rangitoto, or head to Waiheke, known as 'the island of wine'; each are within a 40 minute ferry ride of your port.
Popular onshore activities in Auckland
- Visit the Sky Tower and travel 328 metres up in glass fronted lifts to the spectacular viewing platforms. Family members who are 10 years or over might like to do a Sky walk or Sky jump!
- Experience New Zealand's rich history at the Auckland Museum. Daily Maori cultural performances include a welcome dance, poi dance, stick game, weaponry display and haka.
- Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World gets you up close and personal with sharks and penguins.
- Explore the Viaduct Harbour area that hosted the America's Cup; the waterfront boasts a wide aray of excellent restaurants and cafes. Go sailing on an America's Cup yacht, or if you're feeling brave, try bridge climbing, bungy jumping or jet boating!
- Auckland offers outstanding shopping, with New Zealand labels like Karen Walker, Workshop, Zambesi and World. Head to High Street and Chancery Lane for the top shops.
- Go sightseeing! Visit the summit of Mount Eden, a dormant volcano that last erupted about 15,000 years ago or take a tour to the Waitakere Ranges or black sand beaches which lie to the west of the city.