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Jet into Auckland

On the North Island of New Zealand lies the city of Auckland, the largest Polynesian city with a population of around 1.5 million people. Auckland is set on rugged coastline with two harbours and plenty of hills – many of them volcanic cones – offering panoramic vantage points of the city and sea.

Auckland is regularly rated as one of the top cities in the world for quality of life and liveability, and with so much to offer it’s no wonder.

Explore the city

Get your bearings by heading to the top of the Auckland Sky Tower, the tallest freestanding structure in the southern hemisphere, and taking in views of the city. This will give you a chance to appreciate the geography of Auckland and how well placed it is within the landscape.

No visit to Auckland would be complete without learning about the Maori heritage of the city, and the best place to do this is at Auckland Museum. This museum exhibits the natural, cultural and social history of New Zealand and also features daily high-energy Maori performances.

Auckland is also home to a bustling food and drinks scene, with craft breweries popping up throughout the city, and a multitude of high-end restaurants to tickle your taste buds. If you appreciate new world wines you should head to the New Zealand Winemakers Centre, where you’ll be able to peruse one of the largest collections of New Zealand produced wines in the country.

Get into the country

Auckland New Zealand

Whilst there’s plenty to do and see in the heart of Auckland, travelling out of the city during your visit is a must to take advantage of the wonderful nature that surrounds it.

Take a boat onto the emerald waters of the Haruki Gulf and visit charming Waiheke Island, where you’ll find several boutique wineries, acres of olive groves, untouched sandy beaches and a lifestyle that seems a million miles away from the city.

Within breath-taking Haruki Gulf there are a multitude of different islands, each offering something special to visitors. Local favourites include Great Barrier Island, Tiritiri Matangi Island, Rotoroa Island and Kawau Island, all of which can be reached by boat from the city.

Around an hour’s drive from Auckland visitors will be delighted to find dense areas of exotic rainforest that are home to hundreds of different types of flora and fauna. Nearby there are also black sand beaches and fascinating ancient Maori carvings that shouldn’t be overlooked.

The Waitomo Caves are also only a few hours from the centre of Auckland. These limestone caves were created around 30 million years ago and today are one of New Zealand’s most inspiring natural destinations. Descend into Waitomo Gloworm Caves, where thousands of glow worms radiate their light creating a wonderful and unique ambience. Take the opportunity to explore these caves by boat, or in a kayak if you’re feeling a little more adventurous.

Charter a private jet for your trip to Auckland with Chapman Freeborn. Auckland Airport is conveniently located just 12 miles from the city, and Ardmore Airport is just 20 miles from downtown. Let us handle your private jet charter requirements with safety, security and discretion.