Auckland Region


Flights from the US arrive early morning. Many clients have us hire a driver/guide to give them a tour of Auckland – seeing One Tree Hill, enjoying breakfast or coffee on a lovely beach, visiting a “reserve” (botanical park), and driving through a typical residential neighborhood of old Victorian homes. Or, you can leave your luggage at the hotel and set out on your own.

  • Auckland Skyline - New Zealand
  • Sheep in New Zealand
  • Medlands Beach Great Barrier Island New Zealand

We recommend activities with a Kiwi flavor. One favorite is the Auckland Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Maori cultural material and items from islands of the South Pacific. New Zealand’s history is based on the sea, from the arrival of the Maori to 19th century when it was a major stop for whaling boats. We love the Maritime Museum, right on the waterfront. Want to sail in a real America’s Cup boat? You can board one in the harbor and go out for a sail. On windy days, this is a thrilling adventure!

Near Auckland there are black sand beaches and a wildlife sanctuary where you can see the rare, flightless takahe and the tuatara lizard. Take a ferry to an old seaside village and browse quaint shops, or a ferry to a dormant volcano. There are two great wine growing areas just a daytrip away – including the famous Waiheke Island.

Beyond Auckland

  • The Coromandel Peninsula has glorious beaches, good hiking, and wonderful off-shore fishing.
  • Great Barrier Island is one of the best kept secrets of New Zealand! We think it has all the beauty of the North Island, wrapped up in one island, a short flight from Auckland. It is the perfect place to relax before touring NZ, or before flying on to Australia or back to the USA. No luxury here: it is simple cottages. Perfect beaches for swimming or for surfing, mountain hiking trails, sheep country, and terrific off-shore fishing.

See Auckland and Beyond

See the splendors that Auckland has to offer with a custom vacation planned by EDUT.

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