Auckland Holidays

Holidays in Auckland are ideal for those wanting to experience some of the many water sports on offer in New Zealand. The city is known as the ‘City of Sails’ because of its two harbours which house luxury yachts and a range of other boats.

Auckland is a modern, cosmopolitan city which is home to a third of New Zealand’s population. It offers gourmet cuisine, a thriving bar scene and some excellent shops. Head out into the wilderness surrounding the city where you can relax on black sand beaches, hike, or mountain bike. Alternatively, explore the seas with a boat trip or venture out into the volcanic landscape to see the smoking geysers. 

A holiday of contrasts in Auckland

At Hayes & Jarvis we pair expert local knowledge with a fantastic selection of destinations across the world. We put over 60 years of experience to use, to help you create the holiday of a lifetime.  

Explore the wonderful country of New Zealand from end to end on our New Zealand Splendour tour, which will take you from Christchurch to Auckland. Take in the country’s Southern Alps by train, see dolphins in the Bay of Islands and explore the Waitakere Rainforest. To get to know a different side of the country, book our Cultural New Zealand tour, which includes exploring the city of Auckland at Quay Street, taking a cruise in the harbour and visiting Ponsonby market.

Destination Highlights
  • Visit the Sky Tower
  • Sail around Auckland harbour
  • Explore the Maritime Museum
  • Wine taste in the countryside
  • See Bilbo Baggins’ front door
  • Lie on black sand beaches

Time Zone

GMT +13

Flight Time

From London Heathrow to Auckland is around 24 hours. With one stop in Singapore. Some flights can be much longer depending on the stop-over destination and waiting time between flights.


New Zealand dollar (NZD)

Visa Information

UK citizens or passport holders do not need visas for trips up to six months.



Health Information

No mandatory vaccinations required. It's important to contact your GP for latest recommendations.

Auckland Attractions

  • Auckland Museum

    Explore all aspects of New Zealand’s culture – from women’s rights and Māori culture to its beautiful wildlife. Children will love the Secret World of Butterflies which displays some of the island’s most colourful creatures. See Māori cultural performances and learn about this fascinating culture or see ancient artefacts and discover the history of this wonderful country.

  • Visit a volcanic island

    Auckland is built in the middle of a spectacular volcanic landscape, which is full of rugged terrain and black sandy beaches. Rangitoto Island was created by a dormant volcano and can be reached via the ferry from Auckland’s harbour, as well as by kayak. Climb crystallised lava flows and reach the top, from where you can take in some magnificent views of the bay below.

  • Explore Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

    Auckland’s Art Gallery, Toi o Tāmaki, celebrates New Zealand’s fascinating culture, both past and present, and is home to the largest permanent collection of New Zealand art in the world. Set out over four floors it is one of the city’s most spectacular buildings and is home to over 700 years of artworks. Tours leave twice a day, or you can explore at your own pace.

  • Sail on a racing yacht

    Auckland is home to two harbours, each of which is filled with luxury yachts and sailing boats and gives the city its nickname – the ‘City of Sails’. Spend the day on a racing yacht with an expert crew and admire views of the harbour and sparkling bay beyond. Learn to hoist the sail, steer the boat and beat the competition before enjoying a delicious lunch on board.