By Ellie Brade
This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.
Known as the City of Sails thanks to its waterside setting and sheer number of yachts, New Zealand’s biggest city is a cosmopolitan hub that boasts a busy nightlife, world-class food and drink, and a unique culture all its own. Auckland is built around more than 50 dormant volcanic cones, with the iconic Sky Tower at its heart. Stroll through the city center, packed with luxury shopping hot spots, enjoy seafood fresh from the harbor, dine alongside superyachts in the city’s many marinas, or go for a swim at one of the central beaches. If you’re in town in rugby season, don’t miss an All Blacks match at Eden Park stadium, where you can expect an electric atmosphere. Although far away from most of the world, Auckland is a city worth traveling to. Known for their friendly welcome, New Zealanders will greet you as family.