Nothing gets you closer to the heart and soul of Auckland than sailing on the Hauraki Gulf. If you can’t afford a yacht cruise, catch a ferry instead.

Trading on the country’s action-packed reputation, Auckland has sprouted its own set of thrill-inducing activities. Look around for backpacker reductions or special offers before booking anything.

Walking

Visitor centres and public libraries stock the city council’s Auckland City’s Walkways pamphlet, which has a good selection of urban walks, including information on the Coast to Coast Walkway.