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    City of Sails

    Auckland is often called the "City of Sails", due to the large number of yachts and other boats you will see in the harbour. 1/3 of Aucklanders own a boat of some sort and the per capita yacht ownership is the highest in the world.

    Elizabeth J.

    Ferry to Oneroa

    It is possible to walk from the Ferry Terminal to Oneroa and you don't have to catch a taxi or bus. It's a lovely walk and not too far.

    Laura Thomas

    Attractions

    Auckland Zoo

    Our family really enjoyed visiting this zoo. Particularly the great window where you can watch the seals swim past. They have a lot of great animals who all seem pretty content. The day we went the elephant and zoo keeper came onto the lawn while we were eating our picnic lunch! They have good facilities available so you can spend a whole day there if you want. Take insect repellent. We got ravaged by mosquitoes as we sat by a very lovely Japanese pond.

    Beautiful green space in Auckland City Centre. The 75ha park has been developed around the cone of an extinct volcano. Lovely gardens to walk around and the Auckland Museum within The Domain.

    Laura Thomas

    Such a lovely, clean and relaxing gallery with a lot of good art to see but not so much that you leave shattered and all art'ed out! Lovely cafe there too. Right beside Albert Park for a walk before or afterwards.

    Laura Thomas

    Set in the bushy Domian in what has to be Auckland's most incredible neo-classic style glamorous stone building is the Museum. It's well worth a visit and is really great for the kids. There are a couple of good cafes there too or your in walking distance of Parnell.

    Laura Thomas

    A huge highlight of Piha for us was visiting these falls. Reached by walking tracks at the end of Glen Esk Road. Perfect for a hot day to walk up to the falls then have a swim to cool off. We managed to take a buggy and baby up there with us too. The track is narrow in parts but definitely an easy access track.

    Laura Thomas

    Places To Eat

    Little and Friday

    The most amazing cafe/bakery food in Auckland in a quaint and quirky atmosphere. They also have a sister shop in Newmarket.

    This is THE place in Auckland. The venue is amazing right in front of all the yachts and the food and service is just perfect. The waiting staff are so attentive that you don't even need to fill up your own water glass! Food is delicious and the atmosphere great whether your in for eats or in for drinks.

    Laura Thomas

    Located in the Langham hotel, definitely not your typical hotel restaurant and worth a visit even if you're not staying there. There is an extensive selection of food from the 'eight' kitchens from all corners of the world. You need to go hungry as it is buffet style (which again makes it sound not so appealing but it is the fanciest buffet I have ever seen (bill to match). You can choose specialty meats like kangaroo or ostrich (as well as regulars) they cook in front of you, or you can just help yourself to all the other options including a dessert bar, you will likely be going back for seconds or thirds. I plan to visit again next time I'm in Auckland that's for sure.

    Deborah Jones

    New Zealand's cafe scene is nothing short of great and this cafe proves it. Good cafe, food and vibe. Highly recommend.

    Laura Thomas

    Grind on High

    Great coffee in the CBD. Tiny cafe on the trendy High Street.

    Laura Thomas

    Traveller Tips

    Auckland Art Sessions

    Within Auckland Art Gallery there is an area where you can join in a actually do some art of your own. On Saturday's the gallery runs a free kids art session on the mezzanine level which is great fun!

    Laura Thomas

    Swimming at Piha

    There are rips in the water here. All visitors are advised to beware of this when swimming and swim between the flags.

    Laura Thomas

    Other Side of the Island

    Be sure to visit the other side of the island that is less populated. It's stunning and very beautiful with amazing beaches.

    Laura Thomas

    Viewing the Island

    Rent a scooter to view the island. It's a great way to get around.

    Laura Thomas

    Little Oneroa Beach

    During the summer months a wood fire pizza van sits in the car park at Little Oneroa Beach. Worth a try - the pizzas are delicious.

    Laura Thomas

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