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Auckland, New Zealand

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Auckland Attractions

Auckland is a multi-cultural center and the largest Polynesian city. Its landscapes made of breathtaking volcanoes, harbors and beaches are the biggest Auckland attraction.

Nature
Auckland’s beauty can be admired by standing on Mount Eden, from where you can get a 360 degree panoramic view of the city. One Tree Hill, another iconic volcanic peak, offers similar type scenery and is important for being the site where remains of Auckland’s Founding Fathers are buried.

A visit to Eden Gardens near Mount Eden is a must. It’s truly an amazing place, a beautiful park with flower gardens that successfully flourished in volcanic soil.

Another example of Auckland’s attractions boasting breathtaking beauty is Auckland Domain, a large park near the center of the city. Given its closeness to other Auckland attractions, it’s a great place for a casual stroll.

Visitors who love nature will enjoy a visit to the Auckland Zoo; it’s the home to the kiwi bird, large varieties of owls, wooden pigeons and other unique animals.

Another fun place to visit to learn about nature is Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World; it’s one of the most popular Auckland attractions. Here, visitors can see the Gentoo penguins, giant stingrays and moray eels.

Icons
Auckland attractions include important landmarks, representative of the city’s history and advancement through the years. Auckland Harbor Bridge is one of these important icons; it connects Auckland to North Shore, and was successfully expanded with the aid of Japanese engineers.

Another important monument is Sky Tower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. Its greatest attraction is the glass-front lifts that take you up to see the most amazing views of the city.

The city of Auckland boasts beautiful architecture, not to be missed.
Parnell Village is one of the most important Auckland attractions; it’s a historic site where you can see the homes that at one time belonged to settlers, churches, Victorian buildings and antique shops. This area is also home to the trendiest restaurants, housed in interesting buildings.

Yet another example of the city’s striking architecture is Aotea Square, which consists of a stylish Visitor’s Center, Old Town Hall and Aotea cultural complex.

Museums
Among the most important Auckland attractions is the Auckland Museum, with its privileged location atop a hill. This museum houses the largest collection of Polynesian artifacts in the world, as well as a vast collection of New Zealand’s history. The most popular display in the museum is the 30 meter long canoe from the Maori War, made from a single totara tree, over 150 years ago.

Tip: If you visit the museum at 11:15 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., you’ll enjoy performances by the Maori Dance Group.

If you enjoy music and dance, visit the Auckland University. Here, you will find a wealth of cultural performances to choose from, including traditional folkloric dances. This university is the largest in the country.

With all the exciting and interesting places to visit, it’s important to remember that Auckland attractions include some of the most magnificent beaches and clear waters imaginable, where you can enjoy all types of water sports.
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