Auckland, the only city in the world that rests atop an active basaltic volcanic field, is one of New Zealand’s hottest destinations (pun very much intended). New arrivals often gravitate to Central Auckland, which supports a thriving restaurant scene. Queen Street, one of the main thoroughfares, has a host of theaters and live entertainment venues that come to life after dark. During the day, Ponsonby is a fun area to browse hip boutiques and enjoy a coffee break at one of the cafés. For a dose of New Zealand’s natural beauty, North and West Auckland deliver postcard-worthy beaches, vineyards, rainforests, and 800-year-old trees in Parry Kauri Park. Continue your exploring in South Auckland, where you can walk among 10,000 different species of plants in one go at the Auckland Botanic Gardens or climb to the top of Awhitu Peninsula’s historic lighthouse for an Instagram-worthy photo op. There’s truly something for everyone in Auckland, and several Azamara voyages begin or conclude here, making it easy to add on a night—or three.
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