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Things to do in Auckland during your Australia and New Zealand Cruise

Looking for things to do in Auckland? Try these five exciting attractions.

Things to do in AucklandAre you planning to visit the vibrant and bustling city of Auckland? Considered New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland is a popular cruise port because of the area’s proximity to the water and the abundance of activities. Visitors to the region will immediately notice numerous large city buildings situated against a backdrop of dozens of volcanic hills. Locals have a reputation for being extremely hospitable and love engaging with visitors, and tourists enjoy a variety of breathtaking landscapes, wine country explorations, shopping and more. Finding things to do in Auckland and places to explore is only difficult because there is so much to choose from!

So, if the city is on your upcoming Australia and New Zealand cruise itinerary, you may be wondering which places to visit near Auckland first. Before you make your plans, be sure to check out our five favorite activities in this culture-rich city:

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1. Have a Unique Wine Experience

Love wine? Consider taking a 35 minute ferry excursion over to Waiheke Island, commonly referred to as the “island of wine.” Here you will find numerous vineyards, wineries, wine tasting tours, gorgeous beaches, restaurants and more.

austraila and new zealand cruises 2. Take in the Ultimate View

Get a different perspective on the city of Auckland by visiting the Sky Tower. Prepare to be transported over 1,000 feet to an observation deck that offers a stunning 360-degree view of the region. For those who are fearless, you can take the experience one step further and leap from the Sky Deck in a heart-pounding bungee activity that will drop you more than 600 feet!

3. Explore the Area’s Fashion

For anyone who adores shopping and taking in the local fashion scene, put Queen Street on your “things to do in Auckland” list. In this area you will find extensive shopping opportunities in addition to cafes and restaurants. Also be sure to visit Auckland’s iconic department store, Smith & Caughey, where you can learn about the city’s leading fashion designers.

4. Indulge in Nature

If exploring rainforests and running through black sand is your on bucket list, than find an excursion that visits the beaches on the area’s west coast such as Muriwai, Piha and Bethells. You will be able to immerse yourself in waterfalls, lagoons, cliff-top trails, surf beaches, and more.

 places to visit near Auckland5. Tour Rangitoto

A popular thing to do in Auckland is explore Rangitoto, a volcanic cone that is dormant and can be reached via quick ferry ride or paddle glide tour. Excursions are abundant to this area because of its incredible views, sunset kayak tours and more.

With so many amazing experiences available in Auckland, traveling there will be your first order of business. Why not consider a relaxing and unique Australia and New Zealand cruise experience unlike any other? Enjoy this region of the world on an incredible 24-day Australia and New Zealand cruise. The Great Adventure Down Under is happening on November 12, 2017, and all-inclusive inside cabin rates begin at only $5,999.

This once in a lifetime trip with Holland America Line will transport you to notable cities including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania, Milford Sound, Auckland and more. You will be able to explore untouched rainforests, breathtaking beaches, quaint waterside towns, museums, wildlife areas, or just relax onboard the luxurious Holland Noordam.

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