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Welcome to Auckland - City of Sails

Auckland was the first city to be established in the Pacific and is the largest, liveliest and most multicultural city of Aotearoa (a Maori name for New Zealand translating as the land of the long white cloud). Known locally as the City of Sails, due to the many yachts and boats on its stunning harbour, Auckland is the gateway city to exploring spectacular New Zealand.

Auckland Region
A numbers game! Two harbours, 48 volcanic cones, 50 islands, 22 regional parks, 30,000 hectares of native bush and more than 50 thriving wineries. From the spectacular golden sands of the east coast, to the black sands of the wild west coast, Auckland is a cosmopolitan city with a huge array of activities, adventures, word-class restaurants and stunning landscapes. The enviable outdoor lifestyle and warm, friendly people all add up to a fantastic holiday experience.

Around The Langham Auckland

The Langham, Auckland is located near the top of Queen Street - Auckland's main street, where you will find most of the city's department stores, shopping arcades, eateries and shops. The city centre is very compact and can be easily explored on foot, and the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service around the inner city and down to the waterfront area. You can find ethnic cafes, designer boutiques, art galleries and heritage walks on nearby Karangahape Road (K Road).

Mount Eden is Auckland's highest volcano, with spectacular 360 degree views over the city and the Waitemata Harbour.

Parnell, New Zealand’s oldest suburb is a charming village with galleries, cafes, restaurants and boutique-style stores.

Ponsonby is the place of choice for Auckland’s café society. Hip restaurants and cafes serve up contemporary international and local cuisine and there are art galleries and designer boutiques to explore.

Karangahape Road (K’Road) is an area with “edge”, offering an eclectic collection of shops, over 100 cafés and ethnic eateries and art galleries. By night, the restaurants, bars and nightclubs are the hub of Auckland's social scene and a centre for Auckland's alternative crowd, with venues for fringe music, theatre and art.

Chancery Lane: Wander the sunny cobbled plaza between the high fashion boutiques and fashionable eateries. Nearby High Street is famous for local clothing designers with an international reputation, including Karen Walker and World.

Newmarket is one of the city's main shopping precicnts and the place to go for a spot of retail therapy. From the hum of Broadway to the sophisticated high streets lined with international and local designers, Newmarket offers a diverse and cosmopolitan shopping experience.

What to see and do during your stay at The Langham Auckland

Visit The Langham's Concierge Desk - The Langham's Auckland's friendly team at Concierge are there to help you with handy information including local advice on where to eat, what to see and what to do during your stay in Auckland. They can also take bookings for the Langham Shuttle Bus and the Langham's luxury sedan service. The Concierge desk is located in the hotel lobby, or contact our Concierge for further assistance.

Private Sightseeing in a Langham Luxury Sedan - The Langham's Lexus sedans are the perfect way to see Auckland city, with your own private chauffeur at the wheel and travelling in the ultimate luxury and comfort. Our highly experienced and knowledgeable drivers are trained in the art of gracious service and can be hired to take you on a tailormade tour of Auckland city. For more information or to make a booking, please contact our Concierge.

Hobbiton -
Take a magical journey through Middle-earth to the Hobbiton Movie Set from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Travel south from Auckland over the Bombay Hills to the rich farmland of the Waikato region, home of 'Hobbiton Shire'. View the hobbit holes and the party tree, pay a visit to the Green Dragon Inn and take a photo at Bilbo’s house, “Bag End”. Your tour includes return transport from Auckland with a full commentary, admissions and a guided tour of Hobbiton movie set, lunch at Shire’s Rest Café and a Hobbiton souvenir. Please contact the Concierge desk if you would like to make a reservation.

Kelly Tarlton’s
- Located along Tamaki Drive, Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World is one of the city's key attractions. See penguins playing in the snow, massive stingrays, killer sharks and other denizens of the deep. You can even dive with the sharks or swim with the rays.

Auckland Museum - View the world’s largest collection of rare Maori treasures (taonga). The museum also offers a Maori Cultural experience, with a kapa haka (song and dance) performance and a guided gallery tour.

Harbour Bridge Experience -
Head under, up and over the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge on the Auckland Bridge Walk, or take the bungy plunge off Auckland Harbour Bridge on the world’s first bridge jump.

Viaduct Harbour & Wynyard Quarter - Soak up the atmosphere at Auckland’s lively waterfront precincts, or enjoy lunch or dinner with a view at one of the fashionable al fresco eateries.

Auckland Art Gallery - Famous for the most extensive collection of New Zealand and international art in the country.

Sky Tower - A truly captivating experience awaits visitors to Auckland's Sky Tower. At 328 metres, it is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and offers breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction. For more thrills and excitement, SkyWalk round the pergola at 192 metres up or SkyJump off the Tower.

Maritime Museum - Learn about our fascinating maritime history or sail onboard a heritage vessel.

Harbour Cruise – Explore Auckland's beautiful harbour aboard an America’s Cup yacht or join a Whale and Dolphin Safari for a tour through the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park.

Victoria Park Market - This historic market has many shops to browse around, including arts and crafts, designer clothing, curios, footwear, souvenirs and jewellery.

Explorer Sailing and Dining Cruise - Experience the City of Sails from the water with a lunch, dinner or coffee sailing cruise. Half day and full day trips to harbour west and north are available.

Waiheke Island - Just 35 minutes away from Auckland’s downtown Ferry Building, this stunning island is a great day out from Auckland, with beautiful beaches, vineyards, olive groves, art galleries and laid back seaside villages. From ocean kayaking and mountain biking to bush walking and picnics on the beach, there are many ways to enjoy the island’s natural beauty. Various tours meet the ferry, including winery, art studio and sightseeing tours.

Waiheke Vineyards - Known as the Island of Wine, any visit to Waiheke is incomplete without enjoying the local wine tasting. Waiheke produces some of the world’s best red wines thanks to its hot dry summers and stony soils. Some of the island's award-winning vineyards include Mudbrick, Cable Bay, Te Whau, Stonyridge, Te Motu, Passage Rock and Poderi Crisci. The ferry departs from Ferry Building on Quay Street, in downtown Auckland.

Rangitoto Island
- Rangitoto's bush-clad peak boasts a fascinating landscape of rugged lava crops, lush native bush and sandy coves. Rangitoto erupted from the sea in a series of dramatic explosions about 600 years ago, and is the city's youngest volcano. The island has stunning 360 degree views from its summit. You can walk to the top (about an hour) or take a tour on the Volcanic Explorer.

Tiritiri Matangi Island - This magical wildlife sanctuary is situated in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf a 75 minute ferry trip from downtown Auckland. Discover numerous walking trails, a host of native birdlife, secluded coves, picnic spots and an historic lighthouse. A guided tour of the wildlife sanctuary is offered or you can explore on your own.

Devonport - Just 12 minutes by ferry from Auckland’s ferry building on Quay Street, the historic seaside village of Devonport boasts pretty Victorian villas, antique outlets, sandy beaches, stylish shops and charming cafes.

Fine Wine Tours -
Taste fine wines and food in premium New Zealand wineries and retail boutiques and enjoy the dazzling coastal scenery and rolling green countryside to the North and West of Auckland.