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Auckland Holidays Overview


Auckland is a cosmopolitan city and home to over 1.4 million people, around one third of the total population of New Zealand.

Also known as the city of volcanoes, Auckland's natural character comes from the 48 volcanoes of the volcanic field on which it is built. It is also one of the most multicultural cities in the country with the largest Polynesian community anywhere in the world.

Many of the suburbs of Auckland had once been separate towns. Within these towns are well preserved examples of Bungalow, Deco, Edwardian and Victorian architectural styles.

The Hauraki Gulf and Waitemata Harbour are lined with an impressive number of yachts. Auckland also hosts a large number of events and festivals including the International Film Festival, International Comedy Festival, Auckland Triennial and Auckland Festival.

The cultural diversity of the city is showcased through many of its events like the Auckland Lantern Festival, Polyfest and Pasifika Festival.

Auckland has a vibrant arts and culture scene. It hosts the Royal New Zealand Ballet, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and its full time orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra.

Some of the most important museums and galleries in the city are the Auckland Art Gallery, Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum, the Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Royal New Zealand Navy Museum.

Shopping is a very popular recreational activity for the locals and this is reflected in Auckland's many retail parks, malls, department stores and flea markets. During the evening hours, the city is buzzing with activity around its nightlife centres.

Known as the city of volcanoes Auckland is a cosmopolitan city and home to over 1.4 million people, around one third of the total population of New Zealand. It is also one of the most multicultural cities in the country with the largest Polynesian community anywhere in the world.Auckland's natural character comes from the 48 volcanoes of the volcanic field on which it is built

Many of the suburbs of Auckland had once been separate towns. Within these towns are well preserved examples of Bungalow, Deco, Edwardian and Victorian architectural styles.

The Hauraki Gulf and Waitemata Harbour are lined with an impressive number of yachts. Auckland also hosts a large number of events and festivals including the International Film Festival, International Comedy Festival, Auckland Triennial and Auckland Festival.

The cultural diversity of the city is showcased through many of its events like the Auckland Lantern Festival, Polyfest and Pasifika Festival.

Auckland has a vibrant arts and culture scene. It hosts the Royal New Zealand Ballet, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and its full time orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra.

Some of the most important museums and galleries in the city are the Auckland Art Gallery, Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum, the Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Royal New Zealand Navy Museum.

Shopping is a very popular recreational activity for the locals and this is reflected in Auckland's many retail parks, malls, department stores and flea markets. During the evening hours, the city is buzzing with activity around its nightlife centres.


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Auckland holidays - Top Places To Go

 
1. Auckland Museum
Domain Drive, The Domain, Parnell
www.aucklandmuseum.com
What is it? Situated on The Domain, an extensive central city parkland on one of Auckland's extinct volcanic hills, the Auckland Museum overlooks the city and the attractive Waitemata Harbour. It is one of the most visited attractions in the city housing a remarkable collection of Maori and Pacific Island artefacts and cultural displays. Originally built as a World War I Memorial in 1929, the building was dedicated to the memory of New Zealand victims in both World War I and II. The 'New Zealand at War' exhibition has since been joined by extensive displays about the people and the country, its cultures, art and natural history. There is a Children's Discovery Centre on the middle floor. For many, a highlight of a visit to the museum, is the three times daily Maori cultural performance of song and dance, providing an entertaining insight into Maori mythology and history. Hours of Operation: Daily from 10am to 5pm Phone:(0)9 309 0443

 

 

2. Hauraki Gulf Islands

www.gotothegulf.com
What is it? The Hauraki Gulf is studded with numerous islands such as Rangitoto, Waiheke and Great Barrier Island and those close to the mainland make a good day trip. Some are recreation retreats, and others are conservation islands with restricted access, reserves for the protection of rare bird, animal and plant life. Waiheke is the most popular of the gulf islands, with picturesque bays and white sandy beaches, rolling farmlands and hills cloaked with vineyards and fine wineries. The town enjoys the slow and relaxed pace of island life, along with chic little restaurants and cafes, and is home to many art galleries and craft shops. The nearest island to the city is the uninhabited Rangitoto, a large volcanic cone with an unusual landscape of black distorted lava shapes that governs the view over the harbour. It is possible to hike up to the crater rim and explore the lava caves on the slopes. Each island has a different character with different things to do, whether it is to explore natural geological features or to enjoy the isolation, relax on white beaches or wander about the galleries and cafes. Some visitors prefer simply to sail around the islands on a yacht or ferry cruise and enjoy the scenery from on board. Hours of Operation: Phone:

 

 

3. Sky Tower
Sky City Complex, Victoria and Federal Streets
www.skycity.co.nz
What is it? The Sky Tower, at 1,076ft (328m), is the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere and has unforgettable views over the city, the harbour and the gulf islands. It is part of the Sky City Entertainment Complex, with a casino, theatre, hotel and conference centre. Visitors to the tower can splash out on dinner in the revolving restaurant, or admire the view from one of the four circular observation decks, reached by a glass lift. There is an outdoor deck, glass floor panels, an audio visual guide and touch computer screens providing geographical information. The Sky Deck is the highest viewing level with spectacular 360-degree views. Hours of Operation: Daily from 8.30am to 11pm (12pm on weekends) Phone:(0)9 363 6000

 

 


Auckland holidays - Top Events

 

1. Pasifika Festival

From 2007-03-09

To 2007-03-10
 

What is it? Auckland boasts the world's largest Polynesian population, and celebrates the art, culture and lifestyle of this vibrant native community with the annual Pasifika Festival. The festival opens on Friday evening with a concert showcasing talented Polynesian music artists. On Saturday the entertainment continues with local church music and dance groups while visitors can sample traditional food, view art and handcrafts, browse at more than 300 stalls and wander through the series of 'Pacific Island villages' for a total cultural experience. Where is it? Western Springs Lakeside and Stadium, Great North Road

 

 

2. Hero Festival

From 2007-02-02

To 2007-02-25
 

What is it? A feast of culture, arts, music, dance, drama and drinking makes up the packed programme for Auckland's Hero Festival, aimed at spreading 'Gay Pride' across the Pacific islands. Chief among the numerous events taking place during the annual two-week festival is the 'Big Gay Out' at Coyle Park, which is filled with food stalls, bars and trade and display tents for the occasion. Another highlight of the Festival is the Hero Party. Where is it? Various

 

 

3. New Zealand Fashion Week

From 2007-09-18

To 2007-09-21
 

What is it? International fashion buyers and writers descend on Auckland during October each year to celebrate in grand style the unique indigenous-inspired collections of New Zealand's talented designers. About 50 designers show their collections at this major event. Some shows are open to the general public, but on the final day of the week everyone can join in the fashion extravaganza when Aotea Square becomes a hive of fashion, music, markets, and interactive and educational activity for all. Where is it? 135 Halsey Street, Auckland's Viaduct Harbour

 

 

4. Auckland Anniversary Regatta

From 2007-01-29

To 2007-01-29
 

What is it? Being known as the 'City of Sails,' Auckland is recognised as a yachtsman's paradise, so it is no surprise to discover that its annual official Regatta is the biggest one-day Regatta in the world. This historic event was first held in September 1840 and has sailed on through turbulent years and changing social trends to become a family outing full of fun and excitement. Numerous events take place in the harbour and surrounding waterfront to complement the actual yacht regatta. Where is it? Auckland Harbour

 

 

5. Waiheke Island Wine Festival

From 2007-02-10

To 2007-02-10
 

What is it? Waiheke Island, just a short boat trip from Auckland, is a favourite weekend get-away for city residents. Not only is the beautiful island dotted with the luxury homes of privileged Aucklanders, but it is also covered with the lush vineyards of more than 30 wineries, which produce high quality red and white wines. Each year the wine producers showcase the cream of their exclusive crop with a festival, which combines the fruit of the vine with gourmet cuisine, café society and live music at about eight venues across the island. Where is it? Waiheke Island

 

 



 

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