Discover a brilliant blend of flavours, experiences and sights on a luxury holiday in Auckland – the world’s largest Polynesian city. With the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Tasman Sea to the west, you’ll never be far from a beach or stunning seascape when you’re in Auckland.
From the iconic, ultra-modern Sky Tower to the historical and recently revitalised Ferry House, Auckland is a beautiful blend of the old and new set at the water's edge. If you love soaking up contemporary culture, spend some time getting to know the galleries and venues that make-up Auckland’s vibrant art scene. Make sure to stop off at Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand's oldest and most prominent museum and gallery.
Auckland has many activities and leisure options. You can chill out at the beach, get up close and personal with fascinating sea creatures at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life or try bungee jumping from the majestic Auckland Harbour Bridge. If you prefer to take things at a slower pace, enjoy a fragrant walk through the Parnell Rose Gardens or wander along Queen Street where you’ll find lots of elegant shops, boutique and cafes.
Keep Saturdays free for the Otara Flea Market, a large Polynesian and Maori market full of local delights. Escape from the city on a coastal cruise. On your journey, you’ll see the white sails, towering skyscrapers and green surrounds that make Auckland unique. Plan a more extended trip to explore the beautiful Bay of Islands or head east to visit the peaceful paradise of Waiheke Island.
January is the peak of summer in Auckland, making it an ideal choice if you’re seeking some winter sunshine. Expect warm temperatures during New Zealand’s summer season, which spans from December to February.
Spring and autumn also offer plenty of sunshine and even Auckland’s winter months remain pleasant with lows of eight degrees Celsius. During winter is when the ski fields open for business, making it an excellent time to visit if you’re a fan of winter sports.
With two large harbours to call its own, it’s no surprise that Auckland has fresh and tasty seafood. Expect seasonally driven cuisine and bold flavours with strong Asian influences. Be sure to choose a glass of world-class New Zealand wine to accompany your meal.
At the weekend, head along to local farmers markets to pick up gourmet treats and regional delicacies or visit City Works Depot, where you’ll find many restaurants serving craft beers and international dishes with a kiwi flavour.
If you’re visiting New Zealand for a holiday under six months, you won’t need a visa. You will need a valid passport though, find out more at GOV.UK.