The "Sky Tower" built in 1997, is the tallest building in New Zealand at 328 m. The observation deck at 191 m offers an incredible view of Auckland and the harbor with its offshore islands. Rangitoto Island can be seen in the background. The tower also offers the Skyjump and the Skywalk only for the brave. In the base of the tower, the "Sky City" there is a hotel, a casino, a theater, bars and several restaurants. In the top of the tower there are bars and restaurants with a magnificent view. The Sky Tower is the landmark of Auckland and the most famous attraction in town.
The Auckland Ferry Terminal was built in 1912 on a site that was created by land reclamation. Architect Alex Wiseman designed the neo-baroque building. The Terminal is still the node of the ferry services of Auckland.
The neo-classical town hall was built in 1911 on a triangular lot on the corner of Queen Street and Grey Street. The Australian architect John James Clark had already built a similar project in Fremantle in 1897. Also a town hall on a corner plot with Auditorium. The hall can accommodate more than 1,600 visitors. The tower of the Auckland town hall is 45 m high.
The Auckland Civic Theater is an remarkable old school movie theatre. The interior is a wild orgy of oriental and Indian motifs. The cinema is designed like a stage under the open sky, with stars sparkling on the ceiling. The theatre has a capacity for more than 2,000 visitors. The largest cinema in New Zealand was opened in 1929. The investor Thomas O'Brien did not have much luck with his venture, as the economic crisis began shortly before the opening. He also decided to show English films although "Hollywood" productions were already more asked for.
The "Strand Arcade" on Queen Street, is the most beautiful shopping mall in Auckland. The Passage built in 1910 is located in the center of the city and has an Asian foodcourt on ground floor. If you want to eat underground, this is the right place.
The "Old Custom House" with its French-style roofs was built in 1888 by architect Thomas Mahoney. The beautiful building was also used by the city administration, until the town hall was completed in 1911. Today, the building is used as a commercial space.
Wynyard Crossing is footbridge connecting the "Wynyard Quater" with the "Viaduct Basin" built in 2011. The bridge extends the Auckland waterfront to the west. The bascule bridge can be opened in 90 seconds to allow sailboats the passage to the port.
The New Zealanders are enthusiastic sailors and the base of Team New Zealand for the America's Cup is in the port of Auckland, more precisely in the Viaduct Basin. From here you also have a very nice view of the Auckland skyline. There are also numerous restaurants and bars at the harbor basin.
Formerly a lone pine tree stood on the top of the volcanic cone and gave the hill its name. But the place is even more famous for the largest fortified "Maori" settlement of New Zealand, which evolved here from about 1700. The obelisk reminds of this settlement. One Tree Hill is one of Auckland's most famous sights, located in Cornwall Park.
The beautiful suburb of Devonport is part of the North Shore City district and can be reached quickly by ferry from Auckland. The trip is worth it because of the beautiful drive through the bay and the pretty town, from which you have a great view of the Auckland skyline. Devonport is also home to the New Zealand Navy Museum. You can climb Mount Victoria or explore the North Head Fortress. There are beaches on Torpedo Bay and the great Cheltenham Beach overlooking Rangitoto Island.
Welcome to Auckland
Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, with some 1.4 million inhabitants. The capital Wellington has only 200,000 inhabitants. Considering that New Zealand has only 4.3 million inhabitants, Auckland is the country's most dominant metropolis. However, Auckland is calm compared to european or asian cities. The center of Auckland is small and can be easily explored by foot. In the city area there are some extinct volcanoes, the craters can be seen from all over the city. The british Auckland was founded in 1840, but there has been a Maori settlement since 1350.
Most visitors come to New Zealand for the nature and stay only briefly in Auckland. The sights of Auckland can be visited in one day. For those who want to spend more time in Auckland should visit the Cornwall Park and the Auckland Domain with the War Memorial Museum. At the Auckland port you can visit the Maritime Museum. If you want to see Maori Art, you will find beautiful works in the Auckland Art Gallery.
The most beautiful beach near Auckland is the wonderful "Piha Beach" with huge rocks. If you are heading further to the north, you will arrive at endless sandy beaches at "Muriwai Beach".