New Zealand's most populous city offers the best of both worlds. Visitors in Auckland can experience the bustling, modern city and miles of pristine, sandy beaches islands, and a diverse set of scenic hiking trails on the same day. The activities available for visitors of all ages can seem almost limitless. From must-see stops like the Hobbit movie set to action-packed adventures like kayaking out to the volcanic, Rangitoto Island, you'll never run out of things to do in Auckland.

01Hike to the top of Mount Eden

Get out of the city and hike to the top of Mount Eden. The extinct volcano is now flush with a plush, green plateau that has a fantastic panoramic view of the city. On the opposite side, you can experience a treat with a 5.5-acre garden. Complete with colorful flowers that change with the seasons, rock formations, babbling brooks, and waterfalls, it's well worth the trek. For a spectacular view, visit during the springtime for the annual Tulip Festival that features 14,000 multicolored tulips.