Auckland City is the central city of Auckland. Known as downtown Auckland it is host to many shops, cafes, restaurants and designer boutiques. A hub of buzzing activity, a refreshing weekend activity is lunch at one of the many restaurants that border the stunning waterfront and a stroll along the turquoise waters. The central shopping district covers the entire Queen Street and beyond, for all your shopping needs. Surrounding areas include impressive dormant volcanoes that give remarkable 360-degree views of this “big little city”. Whether you take a stroll through the rose gardens in Parnell, brunch in Newmarket, or even a breathtaking ferry ride across the harbour to Waiheke Island, downtown Auckland will not fail to make a lasting impression on you.
The Viaduct has a vast array of decadent and casual eateries, where you can experience world-class hospitality or grab a quick bite before you wander off to enjoy the harbour. The Viaduct has hosted Louis Vuitton Regattas and will include the Volvo Round the world race stop-over in March 2012. The National Maritime Museum highlights the celebration of New Zealand’s history of long-held sea-faring traditions. The Museum offers innovative displays and exhibitions, as well as presents visitors with the opportunity of sailing aboard the museum’s three vessels.
Queen Street is the main shopping belt in Auckland City, which holds up-market stores, boutique stores, tourist shops, Auckland University, the historic Auckland Town Hall, Imax at Event Cinemas, the Aotea Centre, Vector Arena, convenience stores and cinemas. Only a short distance from the centre of the city is the Sky Tower, with bars, theatres, restaurants, hotels and casinos. At 328 metres high and spectacular views across Auckland as far as 80 kilometres in each direction, the Sky Tower offers the thrill of a lifetime event. Leaping off The Sky Tower, 192 metres to the world below while attached to a safe wire, and descending at 85 kilometres per hour, your landing will be safe, smooth and exhilarating all at the same time! The Sky Jump has been voted ‘One of the best things to throw yourself off’, where jumpers worldwide enjoy this thrilling attraction. The Sky Tower offers another unique attraction, The Sky Walk. You will navigate 360° around the famous tower, 192 metres above ground without handrails, but harnessed with safety tethers. You will feel the freedom of looking out from the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere.
If you are looking for accommodation in Auckland city then you have arrived at the right place. Auckland Travel Guide caters for all travellers accommodation needs, from world class hotels to budget and affordable backpackers. Auckland also offers a great selection of inexpensive motels and holiday parks for the travelling family.