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New Zealand's most populous city offers the best of both worlds. Visitors in Auckland can experience the bustling, modern city and miles of pristine, sandy beaches islands, and a diverse set of scenic hiking trails on the same day. The activities available for visitors of all ages can seem almost limitless. From must-see stops like the Hobbit movie set to action-packed adventures like kayaking out to the volcanic, Rangitoto Island, you'll never run out of things to do in Auckland.

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1. Hike to the top of Mount Eden

Get out of the city and hike to the top of Mount Eden. The extinct volcano is now flush with a plush, green plateau that has a fantastic panoramic view of the city. On the opposite side, you can experience a treat with a 5.5-acre garden. Complete with colorful flowers that change with the seasons, rock formations, babbling brooks, and waterfalls, it's well worth the trek. For a spectacular view, visit during the springtime for the annual Tulip Festival that features 14,000 multicolored tulips.

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