Auckland Has Beautiful Beaches

by : Douglas Scott

New Zealands largest city has an idyllic setting, overlooking the forested Waitakere Ranges, sheltered Manukau Harbour and the island studded Hauraki Gulf to the north. No wonder over a million people choose to live there and enjoy the benefits of nature on the doorstep.

Beautiful beaches and dreamy offshore islands are just half an hour from the city. In fact the sea is so much a part of the place that an unusually high number of people own their own boat giving the city its name of City of Sails.

2002 saw Auckland again hosting one of the worlds greatest yachting events. The Americas Cup and the city now have its own Americas Cup Village to explore. But, you dont have to be a yachted to appreciate what Auckland and its surrounds have to offer.

The most cosmopolitan of New Zealands cities, one fifth of Aucklands one million inhabitants are of Polynesian descent. A fusion of traditions produces a vibrant urban culture that is both easy going and sophisticated. Its lively calendar of events stem from a people with a love of life and celebration with February the top month for festivals, when no fewer than four take place.

Aucklands bustling shopping district, chic waterfront bars and restaurants are as much a part of things as the lovingly restored clapboard villas in the leafy inner suburbs of Ponsonby and Parnell. Theres plenty to see and do too visit the Auckland Museum with its impressive collection of Maori artefacts and Kelly Tarltons Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World, a unique attraction. Take the lift up Aucklands Sky Tower for an inspiring view of the city and its stunning surrounds, which beckon those with time to explore further a field.

For those with limited time Auckland is a wise choice for a short stay, not only for the range of accommodation and excursions on offer, but because the major sites of the Bay of Islands and Rotorua can be visited in a day trip from the city.

Experience this fun adventure under, through and over Aucklands Harbour Bridge. Take in the magnificent views whilst experiencing the inner workings of this dynamic structure. Minimum age 10 years. Suitable for all fitness levels.

A great way to experience Aucklands key attractions visit Kelly Tarltons and the Sky Tower plus a coffee cruise in the harbour aboard a Pride of Auckland sailing boat and the Native NZ Encounter Show at the Auckland Zoo.