There’s a reason that Auckland is annually rated one of the top cities in the world. Located on New Zealand’s North Island and accounting for almost one-third of the country’s population, this bustling urban centre is just a stone’s throw from some of the most beautiful nature on earth, including Hauraki Gulf. You can cross the Harbour Bridge or enjoy the rides at Rainbow’s End theme park. Experience the famous kiwi spirit and quality of life first-hand!
An Open Book: Auckland Writers Festival
If you’re visiting Auckland in the second week of May you’ll have the chance to experience a leading international literary festival that brings in more than 150 writers from all over the globe to take part in more than 120 public events, including the country’s premier book award ceremony. Currently in its 16th year, the festival draws 22,000 attendees annually, and is always a highlight of New Zealand’s cultural calendar.
Catch your favourite poet reading, your favourite children’s book author discussing their work, your favourite rock star publicising their memoir — this festival has something for everyone!
Vintage Experience: Matakana Village
A 40-minute jaunt north of Auckland will bring you to the famous Makatana Village and Farmers’ Market, where local wine and fresh produce of the highest quality await you, along with an abundance of shopping opportunities among the numerous gift boutiques and vendors selling hand-made local goods. Surrounded by olive groves and a lush wine-growing region, Matakana Village gives you the chance to stay at a luxury lodge or B&B and pamper yourself with regional delicacies. It will be like a mini-vacation during your vacation.
For Thrill Seekers: SkyJump Auckland
Want to jump-start your trip to Auckland? At 220 metres above sea level, the city’s SkyTower provides the perfect leaping off point for an OSH-approved jump that takes around 11 seconds at speeds up to 85 km/h. Unlike bungee jumping, you don’t bounce around or upside down, but fall fast and smoothly until slowing just before your easy landing. SkyJump provides an unbeatable rush and an unrivalled view of the city. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it will be an unforgettable experience if you go for try it.