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Editor's Picks: the top 5 things to do in Auckland

Check out our AA Traveller Guides Editor's picks of the top 5 experiences not to be missed in Auckland! Read the story . . . 

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Must-Do's: Auckland Travel Guide

Discover the best of everything New Zealand's biggest city has to offer with our full Must-Do's Auckland Travel Guide – available to read or download for free, right here! Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors: Nine great places to visit in the wider Auckland region

From markets to vineyards, art and parks – head out of the city to discover some great spots on the outskirts of Auckland. Read the story . . . 

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Auckland Sky Tower

Opening in 1997, the Sky Tower was, at 326 metres, the tallest building in the southern hemisphere. It’s still the twelfth tallest tower in the world. Read the story . . . 

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Spend the day at one of Auckland's beautiful regional parks

From ancient lava flows to tidal estuaries and pōhutukawa-fringed coastlines, there are many landscapes to explore in the 27 regional parks around Auckland.  Read the story . . . 

Road trips > Activities > Get outdoors > Walking > Food and drink > Heritage and history > Great Kiwi Road Trips > Art and culture

Way out west: a creative road trip between Auckland and the Kauri Coast

So many corners! From Central Auckland across to the Waitākere Ranges, up the coast to Hokianga and from Kaikohe back down SH1, there are many intriguing corners on this journey – but the delights en route make them all worthwhile.  Read the story . . . 

Road trips > Activities > Get outdoors > Walking > Food and drink > Heritage and history > Indulgence > Great Kiwi Road Trips > Art and culture

The secret coast: an indulgent road trip between Auckland and the Bay of Islands

Head north from Central Auckland via the very scenic route to the Bay of Islands. This journey is full of things guaranteed to bring pleasure – food, wine and art. It’s one big, moveable feast. Read the story . . . 

Road trips > Activities > Get outdoors > Walking > Food and drink > Family fun > Heritage and history > Indulgence > Great Kiwi Road Trips > Art and culture

Go east: an action-packed road trip between Auckland and Whangārei

From country roads to offshore island detours, boats, beaches, snorkelling and surfing, this journey between Auckland and Whangārei is packed full of exciting activities. Read the story . . . 

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Bike around Auckland City’s curvaceous coastline

Cycling Auckland’s waterfront makes for a flat, entertaining and family-friendly ride.  Read the story . . . 

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Climb the soaring sand dunes at Lake Wainamu

Hidden behind the towering black sand dunes near Auckland’s Te Henga / Bethells Beach is a freshwater lake, ideal for safe summer swimming.  Read the story . . . 

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Auckland: hidden heritage

Auckland is never static. It’s a teenager of a city – focused on growth, change and improvement.  Read the story . . . 

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Great Barrier Island: a rugged road trip

It’s as if a chunk of Coromandel Peninsula floated off to the north. There’s the surf beach side and the quieter bay side, like Coromandel, with the steep choppy spine in between. Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Matakana Coast: markets, beaches and vineyards

Immerse yourself in a heady mix of arts, artisanal markets, boutique vineyards, olive groves, beautiful beaches and endless rolling hills. Read the story . . . 

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Indulge: food and drink on Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island is home to an abundance of vineyards, cafés and restaurants. But the locals know the best spots... Read the story . . . 

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