Auckland is a great gateway to New Zealand's North Island. Plenty of attractions for all ages, from world class museums to fine dining experiences. Weather is great in the summer and it's the perfect place to acclimatise to NZ and plan your trips. It's the biggest city and most metropolitan area in the country so isn't reflective of NZ as a whole.
Insider Tip:Check out Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium for the worlds first shark tunnel