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Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and is home to nearly a third of the country’s population. Located on the North Island, this bustling city and the stunning city surroundings attract visitors from all around the world.
There is plenty to do in the heart of this fascinating city. Sky Tower provides the opportunity to see the majestic Auckland skyline, whilst down below there are museums, zoos, parks, fantastic architecture and beautiful waterfronts for you to enjoy.
It is unusual for visitors to stay in the centre of Auckland and you can see why. The Haruki Gulf and its emerald waters attract people to venture out to the surrounding islands. With rainforests, thermal springs, sprawling parks and volcanic cones, the abundance of natural wonders on display is truly remarkable.
Auckland's port is found in the heart of Downtown, boasting a stunning Baroque-style terminal which was completed in 1912. The building is now registered with the Historic Places Trust and houses a wide selection of shops and cafes on the lower level. However, most of the ferry routes are operated within the contemporary terminal building on Quay Street. From here you can sail to the Hauraki Gulf Islands within 25-40 minutes, depending on your destination.
Access to the port is simple for passengers with the terminal just a short walk away from Britomart railway station and the bus exchange. There are bus services from Auckland Airport to Queens Wharf every ten minutes. The ferry services four different New Zealand island destinations out of the Port of Auckland. The most popular route is to Waiheke with over twenty sailings daily, with Fullers Ferry taking passengers to Motutapu, Motuihe and Rangitoto throughout the week.
Motutapu Island is part of the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park, situated to the northeast of Auckland, New Zealand. A wonderful choice for a daytrip, ferries to Motutapu Island, a pest-free slice of tranquillity, depart from Auckland Harbour once a week, usually taking just over half an hour.
At 178 million years, it’s one of the oldest land areas in the region, with a suitably exciting past. First settled by Maori, it went on to host Victorian picnic parties and was utilised as a World War II base, before undergoing the largest island pest eradication programme on the planet.
Volcanic in origin, Motutapu Island offers countless walking trails including a day-long trek named the Motutapu Loop Track, offering beautiful coastal views along the way. You can also take a refreshing dip at Mullet Bay on the east coast, or relax on one of the island’s many pristine beaches.