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Things that always fill you with regret — drunk DMing your ex. Things you never regret — travel. So isn't it about time you got your holiday on in Auckland?
Of course, it isn't just buildings and attractions that make a city unique — there's also the people who call it home. Here, there's 420,000 of them.
This destination lies 12 kilometres northeast of Green Bay, and 490 kilometres north of Wellington, the country's capital.
This world-class city is known for Mt. Eden Domain and the University of Auckland. Sky Tower and Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World also feature on the pages of almost every Auckland travel guide, and they simply cannot be missed.
If you're travelling with the whole family, outings to Rainbow's End and Treasure Island Adventure Golf will no doubt be popular. If that isn't enough to wear the little ones out, why not head along to Parnell Baths or Clevedon Animal Farm as well?
See the animals, both big and small, that call the Auckland Zoo and the Butterfly Creek home. You can also immerse yourself in the world of some of our most fascinating wildlife at Waipipi Bird Park and the Reptile Park.
Can you recognise your pinot noir from your shiraz? No matter if you're a connoisseur or a novice who simply enjoys a drop, you can learn all about the local blends at the Artisan Wine and the Stonyridge. For a greater insight into the winemaking craft, continue to the Babich Wines and the Villa Maria Estate.
To really get the party started, swing by the SkyCity Casino or the Sky City Casino. Play some blackjack or just go for a stroll and take in the flickering lights and electric atmosphere.
Botanists and novices alike will be glad to learn about this area's comprehensive plant collections. For a blossom-filled day, start off with a leisurely walk around the stunning beds at the Wintergarden. Once you're done there, head over to the Auckland Botanical Gardens, where the range of species alone is worth beholding. If you can't get enough, the displays at the Parnell Rose Gardens and the Dove-Myer Robinson Park are also rather unique.
Cast off your shoes and feel the cool grass under your feet at an urban oasis like One Tree Hill Domain or Auckland Domain. Alternatively, spend the day outdoors at the Eden Garden or Myers Park.
Whether you want to go on a tour or buy a ticket to somewhere fabulous, Princes Warf Visitor Information Centre is the place to head to. Its dedicated team of local experts will ensure you get the most out of your time in Auckland.
The flowing waters of Karekare Falls make a fantastic background for a holiday snap, so go exploring and try to find the best vantage points.
If you can hear the sea calling your name, pull out your sunglasses and take off to Piha Beach or Orewa Beach. Eager to keep adding to your shell collection? You should also check out Onetangi Beach and Oneroa Beach.
If you want to recharge your batteries, there are heaps of nature reserves to explore. Ease your way into it with a deep breath of fresh air in the invigorating surroundings at Goat Island or Mount Victoria. Kawau Island and Waitakere Ranges are two more that are worth a look.
Get going to the Auckland War Memorial Museum or the Museum of Transport and Technology if the weather's no good. Study the captivating displays or just take a moment in the tranquil settings. Museum buffs also need to go to Art Gallery and the Whittaker’s Musical Museum.
Ships have played a large role in the development of many countries. Discover how this region has been shaped by these adventurous sailors at the New Zealand National Maritime Museum. For even more remarkable stories from the seven seas, set sail for the Royal New Zealand Navy Museum and the Voyager Maritime Museum.
The interesting scientific contraptions on exhibition at Stardome Observatory could keep you intrigued for days on end. To get straight to the good stuff, you might like to ask about any upcoming presentations or talks.
Whichever genre of art rocks your socks, there's a good chance you'll find it in Auckland. Why not start your day of exhibition hopping at the Artspace and the Auckland Art Gallery? The John Leech Gallery and the Oedipus Rex Gallery are two more stops to put on your radar.
Find out about the influence that Auckland's past people and events had on the nation, and sometimes the world, at the Devonport Museum and the Warkworth and District Museum. For an even greater insight into past events, you might also like to check out the Bohemian Museum and the Auckland Museum.
Time spent looking back on history is never a waste. Let Auckland Town Hall and Government House help you form a deeper understanding of Auckland's past. Kinder House and Old Government House are also well worth a visit.
You're likely to spot Grafton Bridge as you explore Auckland. This historic piece of architecture was constructed generations ago and will remain here for many years to come.
Whether you're a believer or simply want a little inner-peace, St. Patrick's Cathedral and St. Paul's Church are sure to add some deeper meaning to your visit. Another option is to enquire into touring All Saints Anglican Church and St Mary's Cathedral.
When you're on the road, keep in mind that it's sometimes the less celebrated sites that burn brightest in your memories once you're home. Two such places in Auckland are Half Moon Bay Marina and Snowplanet. The Artstation and the University of Auckland Library also promise an enjoyable day out.
With such a nice selection, you shouldn't have too many hassles finding your Auckland hotel (in fact, we reckon it'll be a breeze!) lastminute.com.au currently offers more than 145 places to crash.
Thrifty travellers can relax. Budget rooms await at the Auckland Northshore Motels & Holiday Park and the Verandahs Backpackers. These digs are proof that terrific service doesn't need to cost an arm and a leg. But if you'd rather live a life of luxury while you're here, the Mollies Boutique Hotel or the Hotel DeBrett may be more up your alley. Just sit back, relax and let the expert staff do their thing.
While you're staying in Auckland, you can't miss the University of Auckland. Want to stay within a short distance so you can take in this world‐renowned attraction at your leisure? The Hauraki Blue Overnight Cruise is approximately 1 kilometre away and the Braemar on Parliament Street is 0.3 kilometres away.
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