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Tours of Auckland

New Zealand's largest city

Situated on New Zealand's North Island, Auckland is the largest city in the country, and is home to more than 30% of the total population. The area was inhabited from around 1350 by the Maori people, but little recorded history survives before January 1832, when Joseph Brooks Weller bought the area that is now Auckland. The settlement was in a strategic position, as it had harbours on both its east and west shores, and so it quickly grew in size and importance.

'Auckland' was named in 1840, after the then Viceroy of India, the Earl of Auckland. The following year, the town was declared the capital of New Zealand. However, Wellington was seen as a better choice for the capital, due largely to its location (almost at the mid-point of the country) and as a result it was elevated to this position in 1865.

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Grand Tour of New Zealand

Enthralling scenery and breathtaking views are found at every turn in the 'Youngest Country on Earth'. Discover steaming geysers, picturesque mountains, bottomless fjords and lush forests on this tour showcasing the beauty of New Zealand's North and South Islands.

Departs in November 2016 and from February 2017 to November 2017.
22 days from £4,995per personView tour details
Grand Tour of Australia & New Zealand

Take an adventure through Australia and New Zealand on this spectacular tour. From the vibrant colours of the Great Barrier Reef, to the ancient culture of the Maori, this incredible tour captures the true spirit of these intriguing countries on a captivating 26-day holiday

Departs from February 2017 to November 2017.
26 days from £6,795per personView tour details
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Sightseeing in Auckland
As befitting for such an important and large city, Auckland has a number of fascinating sights. These include the iconic Auckland War Memorial Museum building. It naturally features collections relating to military history, but also has displays on natural history and the general history of New Zealand. The museum houses many Maori artefacts and treasures, including some entire buildings - such as a large carved meeting house from 1878.

Another main attraction is the Viaduct Basin, which is a regenerated area of the shallow harbour basin. Formerly a run-down area of disused workshops, the Viaduct Basin now has some fantastic architecture, along with some great public areas, shops and restaurants. The waterfront is now decorated with a colourful array of working boats and yachts.

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