Auckland has been a hot spot for an awfully long time， but the reasons have quite fortunately changed.
New Zealand's largest city and prime international gateway resides on some 48 volcanoes， but it's been 600 years since lava flowed from any of them. Those volcanic hills have created great park space， fabulous （惊人的；难以置信的）panoramic views and twin harbors filled with watercraft. In fact， Auckland's nickname is The City of Sails.
It's a sprawling metropolitan area （actually four cities） of more than one million souls， including the largest concentration of Polynesians on the planet. And it's known for its multicultural flair.
The big attraction is all that waterfront property and the leisure pursuits that go with it. On land， there's a variety of museums （including a highly regarded Maritime Museum） and the famed Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium， with its sharks and penguins and masses of sea life.
NZ National Maritime Museum
New Zealand's leading maritime museum in the heart of Auckland's vibrant waterfront. Discover New Zealand's seafaring history in over 14 world class galleries. Sail the harbour aboard a heritage vessel.
Waiwera Thermal Resort
From the roaring， whirling twister and dual speed slide， to the sheer luxury of soaking in the Hibiscus pool watching movies on the large screen， to the relaxation of a soothing massage， to the intimate seclusion of rising steam， soft music and cascading waterfalls of the private spas， sauna and Jacuzzi （‘极可意“浴缸，周边可喷水按摩的小浴池，源自商标名）- Waiwera Thermal Resort's naturally heated water provides something for everybody - only 25 mins north of Auckland on State Highway 1.
Visitors observe sea creatures in their natural habitat from a glass tunnel at Underwater World
Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World
See colonies of King and Gentoo Penguins， watch them swim and plunge beneath the ice cap， then travel deep beneath the ocean and come face to face with the awesome predators of the deep - SHARKS - only centimetres away.
Home to New Zealand's largest collection of native and exotic animals. Explore the Tropical Rainforest， Hippo River， Pridelands （African savannah） & Primate Trail. Discover Wilderness New Zealand. Experience Sealion and Penguin Shores where Sealions can be seen through an amazing underwater viewing window.