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Auckland - Where New Zealand meets the rest of the world

As New Zealand's biggest city and featuring an International Airport, there's a good chance Auckland will be your first impression of the country.

Auckland is known for it's prime harbour location which provides plentiful beaches and some lovely seaside dining options. No trip would be complete without a ferry ride to one of the nearby islands

The hilly landscape gives away the vast number of inactive volcanoes, many of which make for great parks and lookout spots today. Take a walk up Mt Eden at sunset for a spectacular view of the city.

Auckland has an abundance of events and activities around every corner. See for yourself!

at a glance

Best known for

being NZ's biggest city

Did you know:

Auckland has over 50 volcanoes!

Don't leave without

a ferry ride on the harbour

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activities

events

Stow Austin Studio presents DANCE A-Z
Stow Austin Studio presents DANCE A-Z

When: Nov 9, 10:30 AM to 11:59 PM
Where: 770 Great South Rd, Manukau City, Auckland
Venue: BNZ Theatre at Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City, Auckland

Auckland Brick Show 2019 - NZ’s Premier LEGO® Fan Display
Auckland Brick Show 2019 - NZ’s Premier LEGO® Fan Display

When: Oct 26 to Oct 27, 09:00 AM to 05:30 PM
Where: Silverfield & Argus Place Entrances, Wairau Valley, Auckland
Venue: Eventfinda Stadium, Wairau Valley, Auckland

Diwali Mela with Sidhu Moosewala
Diwali Mela with Sidhu Moosewala

When: Oct 26, 07:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: 770 Great South Rd, Manukau City, Auckland
Venue: Sir Woolf Fisher Arena Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City, Auckland

Lenny Kravitz - Here To Love World Tour
Lenny Kravitz - Here To Love World Tour

When: Mar 31, 07:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 42 Mahuhu Cres, CBD, Auckland
Venue: Spark Arena, CBD, Auckland

Voyaging Fleet Arrival and Pōwhiri
Voyaging Fleet Arrival and Pōwhiri

When: Oct 25, 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where: 99 Quay St, CBD, Auckland
Venue: Queens Wharf, CBD, Auckland

GB Rugby League Lions v NZ, Tonga v Aus & Samoa v Fiji
GB Rugby League Lions v NZ, Tonga v Aus & Samoa v Fiji

When: Nov 2, 01:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: Reimers Ave , Kingsland, Auckland
Venue: Eden Park, Kingsland, Auckland

Labour Weekend Events
Labour Weekend Events

When: Oct 26 to Oct 28, 09:30 AM to 04:30 PM
Where: 1481 Kaipara Coast Highway, Kaukapakapa, Auckland
Venue: Kaipara Coast Plants & Sculpture Gardens, Kaukapakapa, Auckland

FOMO 2020
FOMO 2020

When: Jan 15, 05:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: 65-67 Central Park Dr, Henderson, Auckland
Venue: The Trusts Arena, Henderson, Auckland

Piha Ha Ha
Piha Ha Ha

When: Nov 9, 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 15 Seaview Road, Piha, Auckland
Venue: Piha Bowling Club, Piha, Auckland

Patti Smith and Her Band
Patti Smith and Her Band

When: Apr 27, 08:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 303 Queen St, CBD, Auckland
Venue: Auckland Town Hall - Great Hall, CBD, Auckland

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