Auckland: City of Sails

Auckland, affectionately called the “City of Sails,” is New Zealand’s largest city and boasts a broad range of opportunities for visitors. One of the biggest perks: wherever you stay in Auckland, you’re never far from delicious food and wine, fantastic shopping, exciting nightlife, gorgeous scenery, beautiful beaches, invigorating walks, and idyllic islands.

Here are our top picks for accommodations, dining, shopping, and sightseeing and activities:

The Hilton Auckland
Accommodations: The Hilton Auckland is a boutique-style hotel, located 330 yards out to sea, making you feel as if you’re on board a cruise ship. Offering stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Auckland harbor, and downtown Auckland, this environmentally-conscious hotel is just steps from the city’s main shopping precinct, the ferry terminal, and the Viaduct Harbour (Auckland’s main tourist and entertainment stretch).
Each of the Hilton’s 159 designer-furnished rooms and 7 suites boasts spacious private balconies and decks, allowing you to fully enjoy the sights and sounds of the city from the comfort of your own room.
Stunning view of downtown Auckland from one of the Hilton’s seven suites
Dining: Occupying a historic 1920′s bluestone building that once housed the Colonial Ammunition Company, C.A.C. Bar & Eatery offers eclectic local and international beers, wines, and spirits along with small plates with big flavors, encouraging guests to dine casual or more substantial, depending on the occasion.
Shopping: Auckland’s stylish heart is the home of many of New Zealand’s top fashion designers. The block around High Street, the Chancery, and Vulcan Lane hosts the boutiques of Karen Walker, Workshop, Zambesi and World, plus dozens of other designers.
Sightseeing & activities: With something for everyone, Auckland is truly a tourist’s dream come true. But, being that there are so many options,  we recommend a visit to Auckland’s official visitor information site to consult their “50 Must Dos in Auckland” list. From bungy jumping from the Auckland Bridge to taking a ferry to Waiheke Island (where you can explore this boutique island of vineyards, olive groves, cafes & restaurants), there is surely something to strike your fancy!

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