Not just the gateway to New Zealand’s natural wonders, Auckland is also one of the most livable cities in the world. With its mix of top-notch restaurants, a thriving arts scene and quirky designers, this multicultural hub is worth a prolonged visit before you explore the rest of the country.
“Peak-bagging” is a challenge hikers set themselves, of reaching all the summits in a region. Auckland, with its 48 volcanic cones, may be difficult to peak-bag, but several of its hilltops are rewarding climbs. Mount Eden, Auckland’s highest natural point, offers 360-degree views. One Tree Hill, immortalized in a U2 song, no longer has its tree, but is located in the expansive, pastoral Cornwall Park.