AUCKLAND REGION - NEW ZEALAND
Try not to think of Auckland as a city, even though it is New Zealand 's largest city. Think of it as half urban, half marine a cosmopolitan experience wrapped up in a fascinating water world that's dotted with over 50 islands.
Auckland has a population of over 1.2 million, which is approaching one third of New Zealand 's entire population.
Auckland City lies between the Hauraki Gulf of the Pacific Ocean to the east, the low Hunua Ranges to the south-east, the Manukau Harbour to the south-west, and the Waitakere Ranges and smaller ranges to the west and north-west.
Auckland is one of the few cities in the world to have harbours on two separate bodies of water. The central part of the urban area of Auckland covers a narrow isthmus between the Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea, and the Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean .
Auckland 's amazing geography and warm, humid climate has inspired a lifestyle that's regularly ranked in the world's top ten. In just half an hour you can be almost anywhere: sailing to an island, trekking through the rainforest, picnicking on a volcano, sampling wines at a vineyard or wandering a wild, black sand surf beach. Auckland 's layout makes it easy to jump quickly from one theme to another.
Find your properties in AUCKLAND REGION
To see all properties to rent in the region Click
OR use the map or the Region
Stays on the left side to select a location.
NZstays - Hightlights of Auckland NZ
For an island escape, choose between Waiheke, Motuihe , Rangitoto , or journey a little further to Tiri Tiri Matangi , Kawau or Great Barrier. Each island has a different character and different things to do. Take your hiking boots or a good book and beach towel; you can be as active, or as inactive, as you like.
To the west, north and south there are beaches and vineyards. The native forests of the Waitakere and Hunua ranges let you discover New Zealand `s unique bird and tree species, particularly the giant kauri tree.
Auckland does the urban side of life just as well as it does adventure. America `s Cup activity has added an infusion of exciting new restaurants and bars. You`ll feast on culinary masterpieces that draw from the cuisine styles of Europe, the Mediterranean, Polynesia , Japan and Thailand . In the stylish precincts of Parnell, Ponsonby and Viaduct Basin , scores of restaurants compete for your attention.
A reputation for great art and fashion makes Auckland a shopper`s paradise. Within the city zone you`ll find originality and flair everywhere you look. Local theatre and live music gigs are another opportunity to discover the creative side of New Zealand culture.
NZstays - Main Centres in Auckland New Zealand
- Auckland City - largest urban area in New Zealand
- Great Barrier Island - a large island with a small population
- Pukekohe - major attractions include motor racing, horse racing and garden fresh vegetables
- Rangitoto - volcanic island erupted from the seabed around 600 years ago
- Waiheke Island - pleasure-loving island famous for its many vineyards
NZstays - Auckland Region New Zealand
Auckland New Zealand
As New Zealandís largest population centre, Auckland NZ promises to keep you busy and stimulated. You can mix urban pleasures with marine adventures.
Great Barrier Island New Zealand
Great Barrier Island NZ is a large island with a small population. The forests, beaches and bays provide scope for all kinds of wilderness adventures.
Helensville New Zealand
Helensville NZ is a friendly place for a hot swim and a refreshment stop, or stay a while and use the town as a base for exploring the local countryside.
Kawau Island New Zealand
A day trip to Kawau Island NZ can include a look through Governor Greyís mansion house, forest walks to old copper mines and a swim at the beach.
Motuihe Island New Zealand
From downtown Auckland NZ you can take a day trip to Motuihe Island, where thereís a choice of excellent beaches and several interesting walks.
Orewa New Zealand
Orewa`s wide Pacific Ocean beach is a place for swimming, surfing and long, relaxing walks. The town centre of Orewa NZ has everything a traveller could need.
Piha New Zealand
Piha NZ is a scenic black-sand surf beach on the rugged coast west of Auckland. There are several walks through native forest in the surrounding hills.
Pukekohe New Zealand
Motor racing, horse racing and garden fresh vegetables are Pukekoheís major attractions. This large country town of Pukekohe NZ is always buzzing with activity.
Rakino Island New Zealand
A ferry can take you to Rakino NZ, one of Aucklandís island getaways. Woody and West Bays are superb for swimming, or you can fish from the rocks.
Rangitoto Island New Zealand
Rangitoto NZ is the mysterious black island that haunts Aucklandís inner gulf. This huge volcano erupted from the seabed around 600 years ago.
Tiritiri Matangi Island New Zealand
The island of Tiritiri Matangi Island NZ is one of the most successful conservation projects in the country. Catch a ferry and meet the birds.
Waiheke Island New Zealand
Catch a ferry to Waiheke Island NZ and experience the islandís pleasure-loving lifestyle. Discover vineyards, beaches, art galleries and exclusive lodges.
Warkworth New Zealand
Warkworth NZ acts as a gateway to the beach and wine areas to the east. Goat Island, Tawharanui and Matakana are all within easy reach from here.
Wellsford New Zealand
Youíll find Wellsford NZ where the Northland and Auckland regions merge. Main street restaurants offer plenty of choice for passing travellers.