A look at Auckland in five photos

It’s been six months since I returned from New Zealand. I can’t believe it has been that long.

I feel like Auckland is one of those cities that somehow flies under the radar. Is that even possible?

Auckland is the largest city in the country and a major center of international business. But, somehow it seems like a less well-known destination than other cities of its size and caliber.

I say that not to be negative, but more along the lines of a “you need to visit Auckland now” sense. It’s a truly magnificent city that oddly feels equal parts familiar, foreign and otherworldly. All in the best sense possible.

Since I am longing for a return visit to the City of Sails, here are a few pictures that will help me through the day. I hope they help you too — and maybe give you five reasons to visit soon.

The Architecture

Sky Tower (Auckland)
Sky Tower dominates the skyline of Auckland. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

The Food

Dining in Auckland, New Zealand, is an incredible experience because the food is a unique blend of different cuisines. Yes, you will find lamb on the menu. But, there are so many more dishes worth trying, such as this incredible omelet from Chuffed. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

The Culture


A Māori Demonstration at the Auckland War Memorial Museum
The history of New Zealand brings together a beautiful blend of British and Māori cultures. The country has created a unique culture with some of the most helpful and most genuine people you will find anywhere in the world. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

The Attractions

Auckland, New Zealand, is home to world-class museums that bring to life the country’s magnificent heritage and culture. The Auckland War Memorial Museum, dating to 1929, is one such must-see museum. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

The Water

Auckland, New Zealand, is the City of Sails, and it certainly lives up to its name. The best way to experience the city may be by sailing in the Auckland Harbor. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)
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Todd DeFeo loves to travel anywhere, anytime, taking pictures and notes. An award-winning reporter, Todd revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He is the owner of The DeFeo Groupe and also edits Express Telegraph and Railfanning.org.