10 best things to do in Auckland, New Zealand | 10Best

10 best things to do in Auckland, New Zealand | 10Best
10 best things to do in Auckland, New Zealand | 10Best
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Auckland is a gateway to New Zealand’s incomparable offerings.

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In a country where nature has superseded its urban offerings, visits to New Zealand’s cities are usually quick and mandatory en route to a more remote part of the island. But Auckland – the country’s largest city – is beautiful and buzzing with potential as the harbor-city looks to welcome back the America’s Cup in 2021; boutique hotels are popping up and rooftop culture is taking off.

Now is the time to not just use Auckland as a starting point to explore New Zealand, but as a home-base for a few days of vineyards, volcanic beaches, waterfalls and scenic hikes, all within 45 minutes of downtown Auckland. Here are 10 ideas to get you started.

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