With twice the land mass of London, Auckland is a seemingly never-ending sprawl that’s often treated as a fly-over destination by travelers eager to get into New Zealand’s wild landscapes. But within the concrete mess, there are treasures to be found – and the locals are as nice as anyone you will meet in the country.

  • Perfect for
    Adventurers | Families | Foodies | Romantics
  • When to go
  • Ideal length of stay
    1-2 Nights
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Indagare's Simone Girner
“The French-run Sofitel has a lot going for it. In the evening, the Sabrage Bar, on the hotel’s ground floor, attracts a mix of locals and visitors. It’s a nice spot for a cocktail or glass of wine before heading out to the trendy Wynyard Quarter for dinner.”
Karen Walker, fashion designer
"My favorite weekend escape, Bethells Te Henga, is a 45-minute drive west of the city on the rugged west coast. Whether you’re after some surf, a horseback ride, a llama trek, a long walk or just sitting and gazing at the astounding view (best at sunset), this will blow you away.”

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