What to do there
There’s a smorgasbord of activity on offer in Auckland – a busy harbour that’s a haven for boating enthusiasts and nautical events; swimming beaches; surfing spots; and sporting grounds and venues for rugby union, cricket, tennis, swimming, soccer and many more sports. For those who love to shop, High Street, Queen Street, Ponsonby Road, and Karangahape Road are very popular. If you’re looking for more individual items, fleamarkets in Otara and Avondale offer a chance to experience something different. Cultural opportunities abound, including a wide range of galleries and museums. The Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Centre host conferences and cultural events such as theatre, kapa haka (traditional Maori performing arts), and opera. 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. 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 were you'll feast on culinary masterpieces that draw from many international styles.
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