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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

Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park
Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park

When: Dec 14, 07:30 PM to 10:05 PM
Where: Domain Dr, Grafton, Auckland
Venue: Auckland Domain, Grafton, Auckland

Samoa Mo Samoa Benefit Concert 2019
Samoa Mo Samoa Benefit Concert 2019

When: Dec 11, 07:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 770 Great South Rd, Manukau City, Auckland
Venue: BNZ Theatre at Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City, 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

New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve

When: Dec 31, 06:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 59 Federal St Cnr Kingston Street, CBD, Auckland
Venue: Rydges Hotel, CBD, Auckland

So Pop!
So Pop!

When: May 2, 08:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 42 Mahuhu Cres, CBD, Auckland
Venue: Spark Arena, CBD, Auckland

Christmas Wonder Park 2019
Christmas Wonder Park 2019

When: Dec 14, 03:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: 163 Chapel Road, Flat Bush, Auckland
Venue: Barry Curtis Park, Flat Bush, Auckland

Rainbow Machine
Rainbow Machine

When: Nov 12 to Feb 8, 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Where: Corner of Beaumont and Jellicoe Street, CBD, Auckland
Venue: Silo Park, CBD, Auckland

Christmas Markets
Christmas Markets

When: Dec 5 to Dec 19, 05:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 210-218 Victoria Street West, CBD, Auckland
Venue: Victoria Park Markets, CBD, Auckland

St. Jerome's Laneway Festival '20
St. Jerome's Laneway Festival '20

When: Jan 27, 11:25 AM to 10:30 PM
Where: Princes St, CBD, Auckland
Venue: Albert Park, CBD, Auckland

Christmas Day Buffet
Christmas Day Buffet

When: Dec 25, 12:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where: Corner Princes St and Waterloo Quadrant, CBD, Auckland
Venue: Pullman Auckland Hotel, CBD, Auckland

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