What you need to know before you go

    Auckland is nestled in a bay on the North Island of New Zealand, facing the Pacific Ocean on the east and the Tasman Sea on the west. One of New Zealand’s largest urban areas, Auckland is known for its vibrant Maori community, waterfront seafood restaurants, and picturesque harbours. A must-see is the Sky Tower – standing at 328 metres above sea level, it’s the tallest freestanding building in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Enjoy a beach getaway at Piha Beach or Muriwai Beach, both of which offer some of the country’s top surf spots. For a spot of nature, hop on a bout and tour the many island northeast of Auckland. Animal lovers can organise a trip to the islands of the Hauraki Gulf – Tiritiri Matangi Island is a sanctuary for birds and other native species of New Zealand.

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