Auckland is the gateway to New Zealand, the City of Sails, and the largest city in the country, which can make it seem overwhelming. However, there's more to the city than the harbor, and with these tips you're sure to make the most of your time, whether you have a few hours or a few weeks.
The Best Place to Pick up a Trinket: The Saturday morning Otara market is so popular it's spawned a local TV "soapie." For travelers, it's a great place to experience the city's cultural mix (especially its proud Polynesian heritage) as well as pick up cheap crafts.
A Favorite Local Getaway: Waiheke Island is New Zealand's Martha's Vineyard. Visitors will love its beaches, views, vineyards, and proxies to the 52 islands of the Hauraki Gulf.
An Exhilarating and Accessible Adventure: This big city is filled with dormant volcanoes that are offering great hiking and sightseeing. If you are short on time, hop on a quick boat to the Rangitoto Island atoll for a worth climb to its summit.
Where to Celebrate a Special Occasion: Rarely has a top restaurant been able to maintain its precarious position for more than a year or two, but the French Café continues to evolve and astound. For the best sampling indulge in Chef Simon Wright's tasting menu (with paired wines).
Best Place for a Quick Bite: If you're looking for great food and a laid-back atmosphere, you can not beat the Lower Queen Street Asian Foodcourt's cheap and hearty Asian delicacies.