Auckland & Waiheke Island

Overview

Auckland is one of New Zealand’s most striking regions, featuring an expanse of volcanoes, rainforest and wild green hills narrowing into a thriving city that acts as the gateway to the North Island. The shoreline gazes out onto polka dot islands, including beautiful Waiheke.

The focus of the Auckland region is the sprawling metropolis of the same name. Auckland’s bustling downtown is a cultural hub and bar district, although the beating heart of the city its waterfront, scattered with attractive marinas ideal for sailing and water sports. Auckland is known as the “City of Sails”, said to have more boats than people!

The views of the city and its harbour are magnificent from the Auckland Bridge, and for the best seats in the house, take the plunge and book a bungy jump.

You don’t have to drive far from the city to encounter a different side to the region. After a few hours, the breezy marinas and hips bars – wrapped in rugged volcanic terrain – give way to balmy rainforests, huge wildlife reserves and acres of idyllic vineyards. Black-sand surf beaches look out onto clusters of islets, most notably day tripper paradise the Hauraki Gulf Islands.

The jewel of the Hauraki Gulf is Waiheke Island. A half an hour boat ride from Auckland city, the island’s gentle green hills and white beaches are home to an eclectic local community of artists and organic farmers, living off the miles of olive groves and vineyards. There are dozens of galleries and stores selling local produce, with around 20 wineries to visit and plenty of enjoyable ways to reach them.

To experience all of Auckland’s hidden gems, team up with Lightfoot to design a luxury tour of New Zealand that is tailor-made to your needs.

Auckland & Waiheke Island Itineraries

Auckland & Waiheke Island Properties

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Earthsong Lodge

New Zealand, Auckland & Waiheke Island

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Hilton Auckland Hotel

New Zealand, Auckland & Waiheke Island

Stay in one of the hotel's 165 spacious, contemporary and luxuriously designed suites and guest rooms. Choose a guestroom with a balcony or upgrade to a Deluxe Harbour View Room for stunning…

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Hotel DeBrett

New Zealand, Auckland & Waiheke Island

Situated in the heart of Auckland’s fashion and business districts on New Zealand’s North Island, Hotel DeBrett is a magnificent, luxury boutique hotel offering personalized service and …

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Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

New Zealand, Auckland & Waiheke Island

Located in the heart of Auckland, this five star luxury hotel blends the French-style of the Sofitel branch with the sheer beauty of New Zealand's largest city. Each room of Sofitel Auckland…

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St Mary’s Residence

New Zealand, Auckland & Waiheke Island

St Mary’s Residence is a private luxury retreat that overlooks the harbor in St Mary’s Bay, an exclusive neighbourhood in the centre of Auckland, New Zealand. Decorated in contemporary c…

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The Langham Auckland

New Zealand, Auckland & Waiheke Island

Situated in the heart of Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island, the Langham Auckland is a magnificent, luxury hotel that combines classic charm and innovative contemporary comforts. Of…

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The Sebel Suites Auckland

New Zealand, Auckland & Waiheke Island

This luxury apartment hotel holds a prime position on the Viaduct Harbour in the heart of Auckland. on New Zealand’s North Island.  Stylish and sophisticated, The Sebel Suites Auckland of…

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