The City of Sails
A modern sophisticated city occupying a narrow isthmus between two large harbours, Auckland is the perfect base from which to explore the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park and the enchanting Bay of Islands to the north - two of New Zealand's finest cruising grounds.
But before you weigh anchor, check into one of Auckland's luxury five star hotels and take a day or two to taste, touch and absorb the blend of cultures that is unique to this part of the planet.
Begin with the Auckland Museum, where you'll find the world's largest collection of Maori and Polynesian artifacts, creatively presented to provide a fascinating introduction to the unique history of this region. Then head west, where early Dalmatian migrants broke in the land to establish a New Zealand winemaking industry that today consistently receives the highest awards at international tastings. Why not take a private tour of the leading vineyards and judge for yourself? You can experience the majestic splendour of the native forest parks and rugged West Coast beaches along the way.
As day ignites the sky before surrendering to the night, relax with a glass of champagne atop one of the city's 40 dormant volcanoes or head to the 328m high Sky Tower to witness Auckland's transformation into a twinkling tinsel town.
And when your thoughts turn to food, Auckland offers an extensive menu of places to dine - from peaceful waters-edge cafes and bustling brasseries to the intimacy of white linen and silver service. The cultures of the Pacific Rim and the classic culinary traditions of France and the Mediterranean inspire our cuisine. The chefs of Auckland add only perfection to the freshest local produce.
The glamour and excitement of the Sky City Casino will add the finishing touch to a perfect evening. With 85 gaming tables, over 1000 gaming machines and 80-seat keno lounge plus a twelve-table VIP room - you can play for a giggle, a shot of adrenaline or for seriously high stakes.