No other break quite merges city sophistication with a passion for outdoor adventure like Auckland holidays & honeymoons. Considered the most cosmopolitan of New Zealand's cities, Auckland blends modern shopping, bars and restaurants with painstakingly restored original clapboarded villas, and leafy inner suburbs with beautiful, isolated beaches sited just offshore. This welcoming city continues to draw in visitors year after year who want to soak up the relaxed atmosphere and astonishing views.
Known as the ‘City of Sails’ due to the number of yachts frequenting its harbours, Auckland is shaped by its glorious waterfront where you can relax with a glass of local sauvignon blanc or board a day-tripping boat to discover the whales, bottlenose dolphins, olive groves, and rare birds of the Hauraki Gulf and surrounding islands. With its impressive waterfront, easy access to beaches, and rich cultural offerings, Auckland is a great place to visit. Cheap all-inclusive Auckland holidays from Ireland are waiting for you.
Auckland is a destination at the bottom of the world for the thrill seekers and adventurers. Down at Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter, super-yachts mingle with local boats headed to Waiheke Island for kayaking and winery tours. Every list of things to do in Auckland includes climbing the dormant volcano Mount Eden for 360-degree views of the city. For loftier, thrill-seeking panoramas, get in line to bungee down Sky Tower, the country's tallest building.
Beach-lovers should take the short ferry trip to Rangitoto and Waiheke Islands, where you can combine serious sun-seeking with souvenir-hunting in the craft shops, then enjoy a leisurely coffee. Visit spectacular black sands of Karekare Beach - relatively unknown until the film The Piano garnered international attention. Located on Auckland’s west coast, Karekare is less than an hour from the city. Part of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, the beach is good for surfing, walking, and enjoy the fresh smells of the coast. Just a short walk from the main beach area you can find beautiful Karekare waterfall. Also, don’t miss a chance to snorkel or scuba dive the famous Goat Island - known for its abundant marine life. For those wishing to become immersed in the outdoors, this is the place to go. You can rent equipment including kayaks and underwater scooters, and courses in diving are offered by professional dive instructors. Charter tours are also available to explore distinct gulf islands.
Take a trip to historical townships, bohemian villages, local art galleries, and wine country. The bohemian Puhoi village has historical architecture. Warkworth has excellent riverside cafes and transportation to Kawau Island. Omaha has incredible recreational reserves and isolated bays and Matakana has numerous wineries and local artesian crafts.
Enjoy many Auckland restaurants serving authentic Asian cuisine, freshly caught seafood, and the national favourite, fish 'n' chips. Two of New Zealand's biggest exports are wine and coffee, best enjoyed on a winery tour and at local coffee houses. Aucklanders love weekend brunch – join them for expansive harbour views at Takapuna Beach Café and Store. For artisanal foodie treats visit Elliot Stables.
Take a stroll in the Auckland Domain - a large park near the center of the city, home to the Winter Gardens and several glasshouses full of tropical plants. Stand on Harbour Bridge and look out over West Haven Boat Harbour, one of the world's biggest pleasure-yacht basins. Visit the Auckland Museum, home to the largest collection of Polynesian artefacts and a 30m long Maori war canoe, with daily traditional Maori dance performances. Come & enjoy this amazing destination with cheap holiday packages to Auckland from Escape2.ie
Beautiful scenery, first class food and wine, culture, shopping and plenty of activities and attractions - there is something for everybody in Auckland.
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