Fly to Auckland at your own risk – you might never want to return. This happening, gracious city feels European but is doused with a new world freshness and bravura and constantly ranks as one of the world’s best in which to live. This could be down to its temperate climate, pristine air, fabled wine, or the laid-back, refreshingly honest approach of Aucklanders. Or it could be thanks to the two stunning harbours that hem in Auckland City like sapphire bookends. Little wonder the city’s consuming passion is sailing, along with trekking, large oysters, and generally just revelling in the everyday treats of living in possibly the best place on Earth.
One in three Aucklanders owns a boat.
If orcs and magic rings are your thing, New Zealand’s middle-earth-like scenery, made famous by the silver screen, is all around you.