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Auckland Travel Guide - Auckland Tourist Attractions
City of Sails, Magnificent Harbours and Skyline, Beautiful Landscapes
When you take our Auckland Tour Package, you will be heading for this city in the North Island of New Zealand, called ‘Tamaki Makarau’ by its native Maoris, ranks high as a city with quality of life. Auckland’s one of the few cities to have two harbours on separate water bodies; its’ central part rests on a narrow cape between the Tasman Sea’s Manukua Harbour and the Pacific Ocean’s Waitemata Harbour. In the south-eastern parts, it has the low-ranging Hunua Ranges, while its western and north-western parts have the Waitekere Ranges. Its’ famous Rangitoto Island is an important landmark, born out of volcanic activity that brought about other islands, lakes, cones and lagoons in the region.
Nicknamed the ‘City of Sails’, for a third of Auckland’s population owns a boat and its harbour-line is dotted with yachts, some of the ‘must see’ places are: the splendid Town Hall; the magnificent Auckland Museum; Viaduct Harbour; Auckland Art Gallery with numerous historic treasures; Auckland University’s splendid Clock Tower; its famous heritage Civic Theatre; St Patrick’s Cathedral; Aotea Square – a hub for arts festivals and crafts markets; Takapuna Beach located in North Shore city; and, the beautiful Sky Tower. Auckland’s night skyline sparkles and glows in the reflection of the waters around it.
The Auckland Tour Package will charm you for the city has beautiful parks including Albert Park, Victoria Park and Auckland Domain, which has excellent views of Rangitoto Island and Hauraki Gulf. Pre-historic sites exist in One Tree Hill. Mt Eden, made out of a volcano, with a grassy crater, is the highest point in Auckland, lending fantastic views of the city. The Waitakere Ranges National Park and the Hunua Ranges have beautiful, pristine bush-land. The magnificent Botanical Gardens; Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World with a tunnel-fitted aquarium and a variety of marine life including turtles, sharks, tropical fish as well as penguins; and the Zoo, are places loved by children and adults. There are many cultural events in Auckland which sees plenty of theatre and live and classical music performances. Besides there’s karaoke and cinema for entertainment. Bluestone Room, where the Rolling Stones performed in the 1960’s, has live blues and rock over the weekends.
The three largest shopping malls are Sylvia Park, Botany Town Centre and Westfield Albany, stocking up a vast variety of products. Known brands find a place in High Street, Karangahape Road, Ponsonby Road and Queen Street and frequented by socialites; besides there are upscale shopping areas in Newmarket and Parnell. The Avondale Sunday Market is a very popular one. The Victoria Park Market has a vast variety of things to buy including Kiwi tee-shirts and Tiki key-rings. Otara Market has fashionable clothing. Karen Walker, whose clothes have been worn by Madonna and Bjork has an outfit in the city; while Zambesi, the best regional brand of clothing, is sought after by celebrities all over. Marvel caters to men, using interesting fabrics for smart shirts and trousers and trendy party-wear. The Hive of Activity is the place to shop for children’s toys and board games; Champions of the World caters to sports-lovers; Wunderkammer has good quality shoes; while Buana Satu and Pauanesia are good places to shop for gifts. Native Agent, has Maori-made knick-knacks, besides clothes and jewellery. Fingers, a gallery featuring craftsmanship of about 50 jewellers has innovative jewellery made of precious metals, stones, shells and fabric; while the Royal Jewellery Studio has authentic and beautifully-designed Maori jewellery.
Our Auckland Tour Package will also prove to be a culinary delight for there’s a vast variety of cuisine to meet the requirements of international visitors, with numerous restaurants, cafes, bars, bistros and bakeries. Soul Bar and Bistro, Skycity Auckland, the Hilton, Mai Thai, Pastis – French restaurant, Mecca Café and the Micano Restaurant & Bar are some of the popular places to wine and dine. Sushi, sake and seafood are there; while Subway and White Lady are popular fast food restaurants. Other popular restaurants include: Canton Café for Chinese meals; Mekong Neua serving Thai and Laotian meals; Euro with modern New Zealand dishes; Esplanade Restaurant combines good harbour views and meals; Wildfire has Brazilian fare; Merediths; Rocco for fine Spanish wining and dining; Toto serves authentic Italian fare; and, Iguacu, the casual dining restaurant, which livens up Sundays with live music. There’s a Hollywood Café; Spill Espresso; the Agnes Courran Café that serves meals, besides tea and coffee; and, Stone Oven with excellent pastries, cakes and breads. Indian restaurants abound; the popular ones include Oh Calcutta, Raviz Indian Restaurant, Satya – which serves South Indian fare, Bollywood, Little India Bistro & Tandoor, Nite Spice Restaurant – with a take-away service and, Shahi Café Parnell.
Auckland experiences an oceanic clime making for pleasant, sunny summers, and cold, damp winters. It rains heavily throughout the year, but more during winters. Summer – January-February – has average temperatures of maximum: 23.7oC and minimum: 15.3oC-15.8oC. Winter – July-August – has average temperatures of maximum: 14.5oC-15oC and minimum: 7.1oC-7.6oC. Snow is rare and climatic conditions within Auckland depend on the nearness to the sea and hilly areas. Any time is good for a visit.