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Auckland Holidays

Auckland is the kind of city where most of the population live within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and holiday islands, because they can’t bear to be any further away. Affectionately known as the 'City of Sails' because of its love of the water, holidays to Auckland are perfect for watersports enthusiasts. There are plenty of opportunities to get out on the water, with jet boating, windsurfing, kite surfing and kayaking all readily available. Embark on a snorkelling trip to discover fascinating marine life, including swimming with dolphins, or if you’re feeling brave, take part in a diving with shark’s experience. For a more relaxing way to enjoy the water, hop on a scenic boat cruise to take in the sights of the harbour.

Auckland Holiday Highlights

The harbour is also home to a large range of some of Auckland’s finest restaurants. With the food scene rapidly spreading across the city, everything from succulent home grown lamb to spicy traditional sushi is on the menu. The local seafood is a fresh and delicious highlight, but no matter what you choose, there will always be the perfect local wine to accompany your meal.

Auckland holidays are not truly complete without spending time wandering some of the many local markets. Foodies will happily spend hours browsing the stalls, filled with organic vegetables, rich chocolate, and of course local wines, while fashion lovers won’t know where to start with so many unique pieces on offer. But the shopping opportunities don’t stop there. Auckland boasts a huge range of malls, some full of designer boutiques, others home to smaller local stores.

There's much more to Auckland holidays than just the city centre, Waiheke Island - just a short ferry ride away - is known for its excellent wineries and beaches. Award-winning wines are available, from which to sample and purchase or you can simply enjoy a delicious lunch looking out over the vineyards.

Iconic landscapes

The Waitakere Ranges are just a short drive out of the city, home to lush wilderness forests, rare native flora and fauna.  It’s walking trails range from the simple 45 minute Kitekite track, where you’ll see natural waterfalls and streams, to the self guided four day Hilary track, where experienced hikers can experience the depths of the lush rainforests.

As the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland has a multicultural vibe with plenty to keep everyone entertained. Whether you want to explore the harbour and surrounds, or visit the iconic Sky Tower, holidays to Auckland are the perfect place to enjoy urban bustle, combined with great outdoor activities. 

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If you like your wine, definitely make the short ferry trip from Auckland over to Waiheke Island for a wine tour. The last stop on this tour took us to Te Whau Vineyard which had a fabulous restaurant with 360-degree views.
Vicki, Travel Designer

Places to stay in Auckland

From self-catered apartments to all-inclusive luxury hotels, find the ideal accommodation for your Auckland holiday.

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APT New Zealand Getaway

15 Day Escorted Tour
From £4,299 per person

From Rotorua's steaming geysers on the North Island to Milford Sound's dramatic cliffs on the South Island, this 15 day discovery takes in the must-see destinations.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Escorted tours
  • Wildlife & nature
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New Zealand Indulgence

19 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £7,149 per person

Discover some of New Zealand's most luxurious retreats, boutique hotels and unique lodges on this 18 day suggested itinerary.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • City sights
  • Culture & history
  • Luxury travel
  • Self-drives
  • Wildlife & nature
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Highlights of New Zealand (Affordable) - Grand Pacific Tours

16 Day Escorted Tour
From £3,349 per person

Experience all the iconic attractions of the North and South islands without breaking the budget. This fully inclusive tour includes an extensive list of pre paid attractions.

Great for
  • Escorted tours
  • Rail journeys
  • Wildlife & nature
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New Zealand Island Explorer

21 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £2,949 per person

Discover New Zealand's spectacular landscapes as you travel by motorhome from the South Island to the North Island.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • City sights
  • Food & wine
  • Self-drives
  • Wildlife & nature

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