New Zealand is a paradise country. One of the strongest economies in the world, and the desired destination by expatriates from all over the world, the Kiwi country is definitely among the top places in the world to visit. The official land of Middle-Earth in real life, New Zealand has got many locations to visit. Amongst them lies Auckland, New Zealand’s most populous city. Originally populated by the Maori population in the 14th Century, it became a British colony in 1840 and has since then experienced non-stop growth since then. Auckland has benefited from both its ports, one on the Tasman Sea, and the other right on the Pacific Ocean, as well as its gold mines, farmlands and manufacturing industry, which allowed the city to become the main financial hub of New Zealand.
While it is true that some people may consider Auckland not to be a great place for tourists, truth is there are plenty of activities for travellers to enjoy their stay in this cosmopolitan city. One of the most recommended activities is to go climbing at any of the 53 dormant volcanoes that lie all around the surrounding hills of Auckland. The most famous of this is Mt Eden where tourists can get a sublime picture of the beautiful city landscape. Going for a stroll on Queen Street is another great recommendation. Queen Street, the main artery of the Auckland, is a cheerful street brimming with shops, restaurants and good vibes. There you can go on a shopping spree, have something to eat and relax, or visit some of the most emblematic places in the city. Aotea Square, one of such places, is an open-air venue which can host crowds of up to 20.000 people for concerts, gatherings, political rallies, and many other shows. Queen Street also leads you to Britomart, the public transport hub which combines modern architecture with a century-old, Edwardian post office building. Another must-see building in Auckland is the Sky Tower which, at 328 meters, is the tallest free-standing building in the whole Southern Hemisphere.
Auckland’s great city and buildings, and its lovely natural environment are not the only attractions the city can offer to tourists. Visiting the different coffee shops all over town, and having a taste of Kiwi cuisine, is mandatory. Auckland gastronomy offers flavours from all over the world; tourists can try European, American and Asian finger licking fusion cuisine at any restaurant in the city. However, getting to know the locals is perhaps the most advisable activity. Auckland is the city with the largest Polynesian population in the world, and getting to know the Maori culture up-close is something tourists can only do here. Playing a rugby game, going to festivals, visiting the beautiful harbour of the “City of Sails”: there are many things to do in Auckland, definitely a wonderful holiday destination.