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Find flights to Auckland with American Airlines and discover firsthand the legendary natural beauty of New Zealand. Located on the North Island between two harbors, Auckland is geographically diverse. The area features volcanoes, rainforests, beaches and more ways to appreciate the great outdoors. Plan your trip here with our list of the best of things to do in Auckland.
Start your exploration with a trip to the rainforest, one of our favorite activities in Auckland. Located in the Waitakere Ranges, the Auckland rainforest is one of New Zealand's natural treasures. It's actually just outside the city, featuring over 150 miles of trails that let you explore at your own pace. You'll see gorgeous native trees, plants and flowers along with stunningly pretty waterfalls and beaches. It's no wonder this has been the setting for multiple movies and television shows.
If you'd like to stay in the city, don't worry. There are still plenty of things to do in Auckland that let you connect with nature. With many parks and reserves to choose from, you'll have no shortage of places where you can experience the great outdoors. One of our favorites is the Auckland Doman, located in the central part of the city. Situated on the site of a dormant volcano, it's quite spacious and features multiple trails that let you explore with a leisurely walk. It's also home to gardens of gorgeous plants both native to New Zealand and more exotic species, along with the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland Museum and tranquil duck ponds. This is a perfect spot to bring a picnic lunch!
Spending a day relaxing on a beach is another one of the most popular activities in Auckland. Generally located along the West Coast, these beaches offer a range of sand and trails. One of the best-known black sand beaches is Piha, and it's also known for its surfing and swimming. You can admire rugged cliffs and see the famous Lion Rock here. The Karekare is another one of the prettiest beaches, with seclusion being one of its most attractive assets. It's part of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park and offers simply breathtaking views.
New Zealand is a place of natural beauty that almost defies description -- like no other place on earth. It's somewhere you have to see for yourself, so fly to Auckland! Browse our flights and start planning your trip today.