There’s always something happening in Auckland, cultural experiences, best restaurants, inner-city hot spots or beautiful beaches and island escapes; from major sporting events, concerts and festivals to outdoor adventures, designer shopping and world-class food and wine. The City of Sails has its own distinct and diverse landscape. Auckland beaches are world-class. There are the rugged West Coast, the tranquil East Coast Bays and the picturesque beaches a bit further north. Go west and you have the endless trails, waterfalls and wild, black-sand beaches. Head east and you'll end up at one of the calm city bays, perfect for a swim. Auckland provides access to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in New Zealand.
Discover lazy days, vineyards, olive groves and beautiful beaches on Waiheke Island – just a 40-minute ferry ride away from Auckland city. Named one of the world’s top 10 regions to visit for 2016 in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel guide. Waiheke is home to a number of wineries and vineyards nestled into the landscape. Taste award-winning wines and relax over a delicious vineyard lunch. There is also an abundance of stylish eateries on the island. Wander along the white sand at Oneroa and Onetangi beaches, two of the island’s best and take a dip in the sheltered waters. There are loads of activities for adventure seekers too, try horse riding, archery and laser clay pigeon shooting, hire a scooter, take a scenic flight or zoom across the treetops on a flying fox zip line. Waiheke also has a thriving arts scene, from local galleries and studios to an inspiring sculpture park, as well as regular art events.