One of New Zealand’s most cosmopolitan cities, Auckland has the rest of the country beat as a LGBTQ+ destination by leaps and bounds. The raw beauty of the surrounding region, combined with a progressive and vibrant atmosphere, makes it a wonderful place to spend a week.
A whopping 52 volcanoes — most dormant — surround Auckland making it one of the best spots for outdoor adventures. Visitors can also relax along one of the city’s many beaches, take a wine tasting tour on Waiheke Island or experience the super yachts in the Auckland Viaduct. Travelers who can’t get enough of shopping will enjoy Karangahape Road, the city’s go-to destination for boutiques, art galleries and cafés. The road is also famous for its wealth of brothels, if you’re into that kind of thing.
One thing Aucklanders love is sports, and there two professional LGBTQ+ teams in the area. The Falcons are the region’s premier gay rugby team, while the Bushrangers made a name for themselves among basketball fans in the area. Both teams have games throughout the year open to the public. When it comes to nightlife there are plenty of options, too. Family Bar is one of the most iconic in the city, while Caluzzi is the original New Zealand drag cabaret.
As for accommodations, Braemar on Parliament Street is a wonderful B&B that offers a great location near many of the top attractions, and a homey feel that’s welcoming to all.
Auckland steadily evolved into a world-class city over the last two decades, making it a fantastic destination for LGBTQ+ travelers that’s not to be missed.
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