Two beautiful harbours, the Waitemata and the Manukau, provide a scenic canvas for the Auckland
urban area, with 48 volcanoes, 50 offshore islands, 30,000ha of native bush, and kilometres of stunning coastline that beckon to be explored. Auckland
residents enjoy a relaxed, outdoor lifestyle, with vineyards, parks, sandy beaches and rugged ranges right on their doorstep.Auckland
stretches from the coastal communities of Orewa
in the north, through North Shore City
with its sandy beaches and shopping, to Waitakere
city and the rugged Waitakere Ranges in the west. Bustling Manukau City
, known for its vibrant Polynesian character, lies to the south.
Offshore, Auckland's Hauraki Gulf islands are a scenic delight, with a host of leisure options from bushwalks and hot springs on remote Great Barrier Island
, to vineyard visits and sandy beaches on Waiheke
. For magnificent views of Auckland City
and harbour, head to the top of the Sky Tower
– the Southern Hemisphere's tallest freestanding structure, or climb one of the city’s many volcanic cones.