Welcome to Auckland, the most populous city in New Zealand. With a diverse population (including a large percentage of Polynesians), a rich cultural and historical heritage, and a great deal of natural beauty, it isn't shocking that Auckland consistently ranks among the most "livable" cities on the planet. Ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Travelocity can help you navigate your options for flights to Auckland and cheap hotels in Auckland.
Take in the vista from the observation deck of the Sky Tower, which stands at a whopping 1,076 feet tall. The Auckland Museum hosts an extensive collection of Pacific artifacts as well as exhibits on the natural history of the region. The Museum is also the site of a War Memorial honoring those whose lives were lost in the First and Second World Wars. Ready to get back outside? Take the quick ferry ride to Waiheke Island, where you can explore beautiful beaches, observe the indigenous wildlife, or attend a wine tasting at one of the island's many vineyards.
There are a plethora of dining options in downtown Auckland, especially along Queen Street (you can also find quite a few Auckland hotels in this area). The Parnell and Ponsonby neighborhoods are good places to grab a bite, too. The cuisine in Auckland bears strong influences from the region's British roots, with plenty of places serving dishes like fish and chips. There are also Maori, Asian, American, and Mediterranean influences at work here. Don't miss your opportunity to lay a hangi, a Maori method of cooking meat and vegetables by burying them in a pit oven with heated stones. For dessert, try a slice of Pavlova or some hokey pokey ice cream. And, of course, treat yourself to a glass of the local wine! Planning vacations to Auckland is a cinch with Travelocity! Search over 400 airlines and more than 510,000 hotels to find the perfect hotels in Auckland, NZ and everything else you need for your upcoming trip.