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ShermansTravel experts do the legwork – literally – to walk you through the neighborhoods and regions in your destination. From local geography to notable landmarks to the hotel and restaurant meccas, we detail which areas to scope out during your stay and which spots aren’t worth the cab fare.

Auckland Neighborhoods

City Center

Marred by its share of truly ugly architecture, the city center still has pockets of charm. Check out the boutiques and narrow lanes of High Street and the glitzy Viaduct Harbor.

Ponsonby & Grey Lynn

This bohemian inner-city neighborhood has charming streets fronted by wooden Edwardian villas peppered with groovy bars, cafés and boutiques. It's also the main hub of the city's gay and lesbian community.

Parnell & Newmarket

Though it’s grown a more upscale in recent years, Parnell has retained a village atmosphere along its main strip, close to the city center. Nearby, bustling Newmarket is a chic shopping precinct.

Mission Bay & the Waterfront

This leafy stretch includes some of Auckland's most exclusive real estate and spectacular harbor views. Hordes of joggers, cyclists, and inline-skaters stream up and down The Promenade.

Mount Eden

An urban village at the foot of a volcano, Mount Eden has retained a hippy vibe in the face of rampant gentrification. Come here for good food and interesting shops.

North Shore

Beginning at genteel Devonport village, Auckland's northern suburbs hug a series of gentle beaches, perfect for swimming, all gazing out onto the majestic volcanic island of Rangitoto.

Karangahape Road (K’ Road)

The heart of Auckland’s gay community, this former red light district is known for its artsy boutiques, hip café culture, and crazy nightlife.

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