Have you ever dreamed of visiting New Zealand? The country's largest city of Auckland can't be missed: A savvy metropolitan hub that overlooks the blue waters of the Hauraki Gulf. The fact Auckland is hosting the 2011 Rugby World Cup increases its allure, and gives you even more reason to make those flight bookings a priority!Grab one of the recommended Aucklandcheap flights if you want to visit a place both alive with culture and renowned as a relaxation paradise. Auckland is consistently voted as having one of the highest qualities of life on earth, and it won?t take you long to work out why!
Home to endless beaches of white sand, idyllic coves, high-class and boutique shopping, luxury accommodation, and world-beating restaurants, this is a city catering to quality and unbeatable leisure. The jewels in Auckland's crown are the wonderful islands and beaches scattered throughout the Hauraki Gulf.
From the city's iconic downtown ferry terminal you are only a short ride away from white sand beaches, stunning volcanic islands, and nature reserves untouched by time.
Three paradise islands you can't miss are:
- Tiritiri Matangi: A nature reserve alive with the sights and sounds of native wildlife; also a stunning spot for photography.
- Waiheke Island: This fantastic cosmopolitan island is a dream to explore. Seek out quiet golden sand bays accessible only by boat.
- Great Barrier Island: A place lost in time. You will need a few days to explore here, and a hire car is recommended.
Afterwards, return to the melting-pot of Auckland culture and cuisine, and make the most of a city with plenty on offer.