New Zealand's largest and most culturally diverse city, Auckland is where Asian, Polynesian, and classic New Zealand cultures fuse into an eclectic mix you can't find anywhere else. Its cultural complexity is complemented by an impressive collection of volcanoes, with verdant volcanic cones rising up out of the sprawling cityscape. Auckland vacations provide an unparalleled opportunity to dive deep into the heart of this much-loved country.
Auckland vacation packages will inevitably include hotels in Auckland, and if they're in the inner city suburbs, you'll be treated to excellent architecture, including Victorian and Edwardian villas. Make sure to visit One Tree Hill, a park atop a volcanic cone that encompasses a hilltop fort and an interesting monument to the nation's indigenous Maori people. Get another great vista atop the grassy crater of Mount Eden, which offers a complete panorama of Auckland. Finally, don't miss the New Zealand Maritime Museum and the Sky Tower—the tallest freestanding tower in the Southern Hemisphere.
Auckland is rife with festivals and is a great destination for foodies, who can visit in January for the three-day Auckland Seafood Festival, in August for Restaurant Month, and in November for the Taste of Auckland celebration. Auckland hosts several extravagant national events, like New Zealand Fashion Week in September and the New Zealand International Film Festival in July or August. Creative types flock to the city for the Auckland Writers Festival in May, the International Comedy Festival in April/May, and the Auckland Arts Festival in March. March also brings the world's largest Pacific festival, Pasifika Festival Auckland, which has become one of the city's most attended events. Along with the Auckland Lantern Festival in February, it showcases two of the city's most significant cultural groups.
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