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Destinations - Auckland Region

Auckland 's unique geography makes it easy to do more in a day. 1/2 hour from CBD takes you to a glorious beach, a volcanic island or high into rainforest hills!

Take in a panoramic view of the city from the top of the Sky Tower ; try your luck in the casino. Get face to face with penguins, sharks & stingrays at Kelly Tarlton's.

Climb the city's volcanic cones; Mt Eden, One Tree Hill, North Head & Mt Victoria.

Try something scary - bungy off the Harbour Bridge or go canyoning in the Waitakere Ranges .

Have fun at a thermal hot pool complex - drive to Parakai or Waiwera.

Take a ferry to Rangitoto & walk to the summit. The volcanic landscape is spectacular, the view fantastic.

Sail on the Waitemata Harbour - America 's Cup racers to restored classic yachts. In summer, pack a picnic, catch the ferry to Motuihe Island , for a great choice of beaches.

Visit Tiritiri Matangi for a rare wildlife experience - see takahe, little blue penguins & kakariki.

Spend a day or two on Waiheke Island. Vineyards, horse treks, beaches & bush tracks will keep you entertained. Leave the ferry at Devonport - visit cafes, shops & naval museum..

Shop for a designer label in High St ; look for a bargain at Dressmart in Onehunga.

Designate a drink-free driver & tour the vineyards of Kumeu Henderson or Matakana.

Drive to Titirangi, gateway to Waitakere Ranges . Enjoy the local gallery before moving on to displays & walks of Arataki Visitor's centre.

Explore NZ's past at Auckland War Memorial Museum before wandering among the flowers of the Wintergardens.

In November, visit the annual Ellerslie Flower Show at the Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens.

Auckland Art Gallery houses more than 12,000 works of art & is well worth a visit.

Discover vintage cars, planes & trains on display at MOTAT; walk next door to the Zoo.

Watch a sunset from a wild west coast beach - choose Whatipu, Karekare, Piha or Muriwai.

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