Auckland Holidays

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The most cosmopolitan of New Zealand's major cities

Auckland is New Zealand's largest city which blends sophistication and charm with an enviable relaxed way of life which you can get a true feel of on a holiday from The Co-operative Travel.

Considered the most cosmopolitan of New Zealand's cities, Auckland blends modern shopping, bars and restaurants with painstakingly restored original clapboarded villas, and leafy inner suburbs with beautiful, isolated beaches sited just offshore.

With one-fifth of its residents of Polynesian descent, Auckland is the most cosmopolitan of New Zealand's major cities. Its well-established nautical traditions are reflected in its nickname of the 'City of Sails', and a busy programme of events and festivals.

The Auckland Museum houses one of the world's biggest collections of Maori artefacts, while Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World reflect the natural environment which has left an permanent mark on this charming city.

A package holiday or all-inclusive holiday is a treat for wine buffs, with several top-class wineries eager to showcase their products.

Beach holidays in Auckland

Beach-lovers should take the short ferry trip to Rangitoto and Waiheke Islands, where you can combine serious sun-seeking with souvenir-hunting in the craft shops, then enjoy a leisurely coffee.

Beach-lovers should take the short ferry trip to Rangitoto and Waiheke Islands, where you can combine serious sun-seeking with souvenir-hunting in the craft shops, then enjoy a leisurely coffee.

Auckland's west coast offers a contrasting beach experience, in the shape of the pounding surf and black volcanic sand of Muriwai, a beach which stretches for no fewer than 30 miles, and is home to a large colony of gannets.

On your Auckland holiday you'll also be able to sample some of the best shopping New Zealand has to offer, with authentic Polynesian crafts naturally high on the list of must-buy presents.

An Auckland holiday can be centred on a wide range of accommodation, including hotels of all grades, right up to prestigious five-star establishments.

Auckland's nightlife is focused on a number of chic waterfront bars around the Americas Cup Village in Princes Wharf and Quay Street, and there are shades of its colonial past in a fair number of British-influenced bars such as the Civic Tavern and the Shakespeare Tavern.

You'll find much to engage you on an Auckland holiday from The Co-operative Travel. While the city may be a world away, there are occasional familiar touches which betray the country's origins. Check for late deals and offers today, and you could soon be right on the other side of the world but feeling strangely close to home!

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