City Tour - Auckland, NZ - The City of Sails
by Roy Witman © 2009
Similar in many respects to Hawaii; Auckland,
New Zealand is an absolute paradise waiting to be
explored. Named the “City of Sails,” Auckland
consists of over 50 islands and is surrounded by
water. Here you'll find Polynesian culture, exciting
water sports, dormant volcanoes, rainforests and a
thrill a minute!
Floating amid the Tasman Sea and the Pacific
Ocean, Auckland is surrounded by three harbors:
Waitemata, Manukau and Kaipara. With inhabitants
originating from Europe, China, Pacific Islands and
India, this city is a melting pot of culture and cuisine
just waiting to be explored.
The Great Outdoors
Just as in Hawaii, this entire region is dotted with
volcanic cones, which offer beautiful scenery and a
chance for adventure. Travel with a tour guide across
the desert as you make your way to scale the side of a
massive volcano. Once you've reached the summit,
you'll be rewarded with exceptional views as well as
an exploration opportunity that few people have.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, you'll also
find rainforests in Auckland. Bush walks are plentiful
in the Waitakere and Hunua Ranges, a large part of
which is protected regional park area. Take part in
professionally led, scenic treks that intertwine through
some of the most beautiful natural settings in the
If you prefer sea to shore, you're in good
company! Head out sailing on your own or hop
aboard an actual America's Cup Grand Prix racer as a
crewmember. You'll compete against others in a mini-
race designed to be similar to the legendary
Rather sit back and take it easy? Set sail on a
dolphin and whale safari where you'll encounter some
of the 22 species of dolphins in this area in their
natural habitat. Spot enormous whales at sea, feel
the wind in your face and take photos that are sure to
impress your friends back home.
Other water tours take you on volcano
explorations, vineyard discoveries and harbor cruises
just to name a few.
It's nonstop action for kids of all ages! Rainbow's
End is Auckland's premier theme park featuring
excitement at every turn. You'll encounter over 23
acres of roller coasters and rides including Fear Fall
that lifts you 18-storeys high then plummets you to the
ground at a speed of almost 50 miles per hour (80
kph)! You'll also find water rides, a log flume and lots
of refreshments that are perfect for hot, sunny days.
There's even a mini-park for the tiny tikes so they can
join in the fun.
If nightlife is what excites you, Auckland won't
disappoint. Head out to Prince's Wharf and the ever-
popular Minus 5. This ice bar is completely frozen!
Tables, chairs, glasses- everything is made of ice. If
you seek something you can warm up to, visit
Karangahape Road (known as K Road) where the
city's only casino can be found. You'll also discover
live entertainment and other excitement.
With so much to do, including the Botanic
Gardens, Sky City bungee jump, Auckland bridge walk
and more, you'll wish you'd planned a longer stay. Ask
your travel agent for details about exciting Auckland,
New Zealand tours and cruises that you and your
family will love.