Auckland, based around two large harbours, is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island. In the centre, the iconic Sky Tower has views of Viaduct Harbour, which is full of super yachts and lined with bars and cafes. Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, is based around an extinct volcano and home to the formal Winter gardens. Near Downtown, Mission Bay Beach has a seaside promenade.
The island nation’s Maori and Polynesian history is explored at Auckland Museum, and Otara’s Polynesian market in South Auckland sells local foods and crafts. The Ponsonby area's hip boutiques and the international designer stores along Nuffield Street offer more shopping options. At the Toi o Tāmaki art gallery, more than 10,000 Kiwi and European works from the 14th century to the present are on display. Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium has a penguin colony exhibit and offers the chance to snorkel or dive with sharks.