Auckland: NZ’s largest city for urban sophistication, multicultural style

Visit the beautiful city of Auckland with Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines. Photo: Chris McLennan

As the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland is set between two harbours and magnificent coastal expanses, offers a sizzling blend of urban sophistication and multicultural style.

Rated among the world's 10 most liveable cities, Auckland is home to one-third of New Zealanders and has the world’s largest Pacific Island population. This vibrant multicultural mix infuses the region's cuisine, music, art and culture with colour and diversity.

The subtropical climate promotes casual coastal living and outdoor adventure and activity.

Book a whale watching trip and get an up-close view of the enormous creature.

Perched on a narrow isthmus between two harbours, Auckland is the ultimate marine playground, with everyday life revolving around the sea. With the sea at its doorstep, there are so many ways to get out onto the city's sparkling harbours.

As well as providing transport to outer suburbs and islands, the sea influences everything here, from cuisine, industry, culture and design to leisure pursuits and sports activities.

The region’s diversity of people and landscapes gives an extra dimension to visitors' experience. Within half an hour of the fashionable boutiques and cafés of downtown Auckland, you can be hiking through rainforests or exploring a black sand beach on the rugged west coast.

Intriguing heritage

Its variety of nationalities makes Auckland New Zealand’s most multicultural region.

The region's indigenous culture has a fascinating history that is illustrated by Auckland's Māori name, Tamaki-Makau-Rau – "the maiden with a hundred suitors", so-named because, over time, more than 18 tribes have laid claim to the region.

Fascinating art and culture

Auckland is a sprawling metropolis where no two streets or houses are the same.

Creativity and innovation run through every aspect of design, from architecture and interiors to clothing, fashion and public art. Every community has its own identity and style, from chic inner-city suburbs with trendsetting boutiques and cafés, to more relaxed beachside suburbs.

A foodie’s paradise

Taste the fresh local produce at one of the many farmer’s market.

In Auckland, you are never far from a good café or restaurant and the city is a haven for discerning travellers seeking a local gourmet experience.

As well as a thriving coffee culture – think "flat white", the Kiwi coffee creation – the quality and choice of locally sourced produce underpins exceptional dining experiences at the hands of acclaimed chefs.

Just an hour north of Auckland city, the picturesque Matakana region is a foodie's heaven known for its weekend farmers market, boutique food shops and home-grown delicacies.

Excite your palate with local cuisines and fresh seafood. Photo: Matthew Crawford

Outdoor adventures

Go on a hiking trip at Rangitoto Island and explore nature’s true beauty.

Thrill seekers will be treated to a variety of options. Experience the thrill of skydiving off an aeroplane, sky jumping from the iconic Sky Tower or bungy jumping off the Harbour Bridge.

The Auckland’s region geographic variety, featuring volcanoes and harbours, rainforests and endless coastline, offer a diverse range of scenery and is the perfect playground for outdoor adventures.

Whether you are canyoning, abseiling, cycling, climbing to the top of a dormant volcano summit, sailing or diving in the Hauraki Gulf, there are plenty of imaginable opportunities to experience the great outdoors.

Award- winning carriers Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines have teamed up to provide you with “the best of both worlds” flight experiences from Malaysia to New Zealand via Singapore.

Be pampered by the two premium airlines that fly non-stop from Singapore to Auckland and Christchurch, and direct to Wellington, with seamless domestic connections within New Zealand.

Both airlines are a part of Star Alliance, and KrisFlyer members will earn miles when flying with either carrier. You will also be rewarded with SGD 20 transit voucher to offset your shopping during your transit at Singapore Changi Airport when you travel on Singapore Airlines, SilkAir or Air New Zealand flights.

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