If you are planning on a trip to New Zealand’s largest city sometime soon, you probably know what you’re getting yourself in for. There’s a population of around 1.5 million people, and it has the largest Polynesian population of any city on the planet. That makes it unique in our book!

Known as Tāmaki Makaurau in the native Māori, the City of Sails was recently rated third on the Mercer Quality of Living Survey

– this means that you can rest assured in the knowledge that you’re visiting a pretty great place.

If you’re looking for some fab things with which you can fill your time spent in the SuperCity, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are some:

The Civic Theatre

Built all the way back in 1929, it’s been threatened with demolition, but since the major refurbishment it underwent to mark its 70th birthday, the Civic Theatre is a completely beautiful sight, inside and out.

We’d recommend taking a tour to explore the ins and outs, but the best thing to do would be to catch a show there. It really is a great venue, and this is the only way to do it justice.

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Waiheke Island

From Auckland City, jump on the ferry and hop over to the gorgeous Waiheke Island. It’s well worth the short trip – a day trip here will be unforgettable. Known as the island of wine, Waiheke is home to many, many different vineyards, producing some unique varieties of wine. Going on a vineyard tour can leave you a little sozzled, but it’s a lot of fun.

Make sure to check out the art trail as well, and finish off the day in one of the fantastic restaurants on the island.

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

One of Auckland’s oldest public galleries, the building dates back to 1888 and is itself a piece of art. It has had a rather impressive extension added, allowing it to further expand its magnificent collection.

And what a collection it is! Featuring works from all of New Zealand’s crème de la crème of artists, the place is worth spending an entire day exploring. You don’t even have to leave for lunch – the café is a great little spot to eat in.

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Depot Eatery

This one alone is worth getting onto Cheapflights and booking a return trip to Auckland – the Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar offers up some fantastic New Zealand grub!

Everything is local, and everything is delectable: you’ve got lamb ribs, duck tongues, pork hock, veal liver, Cloudy Bay clams, and of course (the clue’s in the name) freshly shucked oysters. C’est magnifique.

The All Blacks

Of course, New Zealand is home to the Kiwis, fresh off the back from winning the Rugby World Cup last year. Why not pay them a visit, and watch the All Blacks play a match at Eden Park?

You can walk there from central Auckland; it’s only about 4 kilometres, and it’ll take you past a lot of the city’s loveliest areas.