Auckland Information

Population: 1.4 million

Access: Auckland airport is New Zealand's major hub. It is 13 miles from downtown.

Highlights: The vibrant cafe and restaurant culture; Viaduct Harbour & Victoria Park Market; bungee from Sky Tower; cruise the harbour; chilling in Ponsonby.h

Favourite hotels: Hilton, Hotel DeBrett, Sebel Suites

Auckland will be your entry and / or exit point to New Zealand, so you'll be passing through at some point.  Perhaps on the way out you've got snow-fever coursing through you, so you may want to immediately head south to the ski fields? Fair enough. However, it may be a good idea to linger for several days in Auckland, to catch breath and work through jet-lag before heading to the slopes. Alternatively stay for a city break before boarding the long flights home? Either way, Auckland is well worth several days of your time.

You won’t find the snow in Auckland – instead it can be disconcertedly mild considering that you are, after all, on a ski holiday. It’s simply too warm here for snow to fall - which is a shame because the exquisite colonial gingerbread houses, volcanic hills and glittering modern glass towers would look even prettier with a dusting of white. This is the world’s largest and most significant Polynesian city, and the huge Islander population from the islands have made a huge contribution to this city of tropical disposition.

Known as the City of Sails, there are plenty of reasons to take to the water here - not least to explore the twin harbours, outlying islands and the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. We can organise a number of activities and excursions in Auckland or simply leave you to your own devices to explore this welcoming and inclusive city. Whenever we’re in town we simply like to hang-out in neighborhoods Ponsonby, Grey Lynn or Herne Bay - being as one with the café culture and a hip vibe. We leave Parnell to those with more money than us and the CBD, around Queen Street, doesn’t really do the rest of the city justice.

Auckland Information

Population: 1.4 million

Access: Auckland airport is New Zealand's major hub. It is 13 miles from downtown.

Highlights: The vibrant cafe and restaurant culture; Viaduct Harbour & Victoria Park Market; bungee from Sky Tower; cruise the harbour; chilling in Ponsonby.h

Favourite hotels: Hilton, Hotel DeBrett, Sebel Suites