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The Best Things to Do in Auckland

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Grab some breakfast and do a bit of shopping at Ponsonby Central before spending some time outside at Waitemata Harbour in Auckland, the perfectly-nicknamed "City of Sails."  Later, go ziplining on Waiheke Island. Then head back to downtown Auckland for a meal and drinks in the Kingsland neighborhood before taking in an All Blacks rugby game at Eden Park. Even if you don't understand the rules of rugby, the team's pre-game haka will turn you into an instant fan.
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Auckland 1021, New Zealand
Just a short walk from Auckland's Eden Park, home of big rugby games in the city, the funkyand bohemian Kingsland neighborhood is also developing a reputation as an eating and drinking destination. Some of the city's best coffee is served at...
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150 Trig Hill Rd, Waiheke Island, Auckland 1081, New Zealand
As the country where bungee jumping and jet boating were both invented, New Zealand has a proud heritage as a destination for travelers seeking action-and-adventure thrills. On Waiheke Island, a short 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland,...
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Waitemata Harbour, New Zealand
The gateway into Auckland in the Waitemata Harbour. Sprawling along the downtown area, and traversed by the Auckland Harbour Bridge (which you can climb if you're feeling adventurous), it's a good reminder of how close Auckland is to the sea. Here...
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Galway Street & Commerce Street, Britomart, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Possibly the most refined drinking room in town, Xu Xu in Britomart makes you never want to leave. Large drapes, sunken sofas, taxidermy adorning the walls and drinks strong enough to start their own conversations, you'll say you're going there...
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Auckland, New Zealand
Slyly concealed at the back of the K'Rd Food Workshop—itself an interesting multi-vendor destination for traveling gourmands—Love Bucket is a hip drinking establishment amid the vintage-clothing stores, cheap ethnic restaurants, and late...
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8-14 Madden Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
First developed when the cityhosted the Rugby World Cup in 2011, the harborside Wynyard Quarter has quickly become a favorite destination for Aucklanders. Restaurants, cafés, and bars are especially popular on weekends—standouts include Baduzzi...
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Reimers Ave, Kingsland, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
If there is one sporting event you must go to in Auckland it is an All Blacks game at Eden Park. You get bonus points if they are playing against the Springboks (South Africa) or the Wallabies (Australia) but any international rugby game will do....
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106 Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Thankfully not everywhere on Ponsonby Road will cost you an arm and a leg to eat at, and the Ponsonby Food Court can match any wallet with any menu. A real international gathering—think UN kitchen—it veers towards Asian eateries with...
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Tawharanui Peninsula 0986, New Zealand
Close to Auckland City are numerous tracks, parks and reserves that you can explore at your own pace, all the while marvelling at the lushness of the greenery, the beauty of isolated bays and the bird song of the forest. Tawharanui is one of...
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17 Arabella Lane, Snells Beach 0982, New Zealand
From Brick Bay Winery, walk the mile-long sculpture trail, which meanders past native fern trees, lakes, and rows of pinot gris vines. The rotating exhibit displays roughly 50 pieces by emerging and established Kiwi artists. Watch for Phil...
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Rangitoto Island, Auckland, New Zealand
In the Hauraki Gulf, Rangitoto Island is just a short, not to mention highly enjoyable, 25-minute ferry ride from Auckand. The unpopulated island is actually a shield volcano that is the youngest (only 600 years old!) in the Auckland Volcanic...
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North Head Historic Reserve sits on an old volcanic cone formed about 50,000 years ago - so check, super cool geology. In the 1840s it became a pilot station to guide ships into Auckland's harbor, and by 1885 a defense fort was built on the island...
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Lake Pupuke, Auckland, New Zealand
Hidden away on Auckland’s North Shore is Lake Pupuke, a volcanic fill-in in a city of volcanic fill-ins, not far from the suburbs of Takapuna and Milford. A pleasant stroll on a winter’s day, Pupuke is the ideal place to take the kids to feed the...