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Auckland, New Zealand, is a bustling city, packed with skyscrapers and vibrant with shopping and nightlife as well as a diverse mix of cultural cuisine. Dozens of dead volcanoes scatter the landscape providing a flash of green in a sea of urban flurry. Stay in a hostel here and combine city-living with outdoor adventure. For an adrenaline kick, head to the top of the monumental Sky Tower and walk around the edge, jumping off in a harness if you’re brave enough. Watch sail boats bob along the harbour as the gleaming ocean reflects the concrete metropolis above. Venture out to the surrounding islands, including Waiheke Island, an extravagance of soft sand beaches and lush vineyards. Stroll through the leafy gardens of Auckland Domain, explore the boutiques and art galleries of Karangahape Road, and spend the evening in the atmospheric and laid-back bars lining the waterfront.