Auckland, New Zealand

  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Auckland, New Zealand
Travel + Leisure

Natalie Chan
For hats and hair accessories with a fanciful retro spin, stop by this milliner’s ultra-feminine boutique. The showstopping creations, often embellished with pearls or feathers, are ideal toppers for society weddings or a day at the races.

Auckland, New Zealand

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Must-Sees from the Editors of Travel + Leisure

Parnell Rose Gardens

Some 5,000 rosebushes of every conceivable color and variety bloom November through March in this formally landscaped park, a quick bus ride from the center of town. Paths winding through the fragrant blooms lead to a lookout over Judge's Bay.

Sky Tower

At 1,076 feet, the “tallest man-made structure in New Zealand” didn’t claim any world records, but it does have two high-adrenaline attractions. On SkyJump, you can leap off a ledge while attached to a wire and come to a smooth landing 630 feet below; on SkyWalk, you’re harnessed and tethered to an overhead rail as you stroll the tower’s walkway—no guardrail in sight.

Waiheke Island

Forty minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland, this bucolic little isle makes a peaceful daytrip. You can laze on its white-sand beaches; tour local artists’ studios; or learn about New Zealand’s prolific wine production at one of Waiheke’s dozen-plus vineyards.

Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.

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