There are very few places in the world where within 30 minutes of an urban environment you can be relaxing on a beautiful beach, hiking in lush native bush, or exploring gulf islands. Auckland is New Zealand's largest city with 1.42 million residents. It rests among a string of 48 dormant volcanoes and is surrounded by the waters of the Waitemata and Manukau Harbours.
Flanked by two dramatically different coastlines, in Auckland you are always just a stone's throw from beautiful beaches, bush walking trails and enchanting islands. Add a sunny climate, a lively fusion of international style, local creativity and Polynesian charm and you can see why Auckland is one of New Zealand's most popular destinations.
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Auckland is a superb business event destination offering world-class infrastructure and professional services to suit a range of styles and budgets. Add to this a diverse choice of activities and experiences and it's the perfect recipe for event planners to create memorable event programmes.
There is a diverse range of accommodation available in Auckland, with more than 6000 accommodation rooms located within the city centre. Whether it's a 5 star hotel you're looking for or a luxury Bed and Breakfast, Auckland has it all.
Auckland is a place of strong cultural significance to the Maori people and there are ample opportunities to experience our indigenous culture. Auckland Museum holds the world’s largest collection of Maori artefacts and has daily cultural performances.
The Auckland region has an array of experiences rarely found in such a compact geographical area. The options of how to spend your time in Auckland are endless.
Enjoy the city's stunning landscape from the top of the 328-metre Sky Tower or atop an ancient volcano. Get up close and personal with a cheetah and help scrub an elephant at Auckland Zoo or swim with stingrays and dive with sharks at Kelly Tarlton's Sealife Aquarium. Go racing on board a genuine America's Cup yacht, or enjoy a chartered, leisurely cruise around the inner harbour. Learn to ski or snowboard all year round at Snowplanet, a 11,600 square metre snow hall, or play a round at one of Auckland's 40 beautiful golf courses.
There are more than eighty vineyards clustered around the Auckland region and all within 20 kilometres of the CBD. Waiheke Island is famous for its reds, the west and northwest of Auckland are home to some of New Zealand's oldest wineries, while Clevedon, to the south, and Matakana, to the north, are newer grape-growing districts attracting attention.
Auckland is New Zealand's main hub for international air services. Auckland International Airport is the arrival port for flights from Australia, South Pacific, Asia, Japan, United Kingdom, Europe, South America and North America. Auckland is a three-four hour flight from the eastern seaboard of Australia, a direct overnight flight from the west coast of North America and is easily accessible from points around the Asia-Pacific Rim.
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