About Auckland (AKL)
Situated on a narrow strip of land that joins the Northland peninsula to the rest of the North Island, Auckland is the largest city and main transport hub of New Zealand. The city oozes with a large number of yachts which huddle at Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf, and thus is known as 'City of Sails'. Auckland is generally built on a giant volcanic field which comprises of 48 volcanoes that impart grace to the land, and due to this, it is also known as 'City of Extinct Volcanoes'. Owing to the city's landscape with seamless beauty, giant harbor and innumerable islands, the place presents to its visitors a mix of urban fun and country like soothing joy. The city is quite famous for its water activities. You can enjoy a grand cruise on a yacht or launch, that travels from central Auckland. Here Auckland's Dolphin Explorer provides you marine mammal eco-safaris that surf in Hauraki Gulf Marine Park to show you bottlenose dolphins, Brydes whales and orca. For the sake of fun of yacht racing you can participate in the yacht races that are periodically launched in the waters. Ferries across to Devonport are available that take you for a delicious lunch or a shopping spree.
The multitude islands of Hauraki Gulf which is situated on the entrance into Auckland City, are the major source of enjoyment and exploration. An half hour ferry ride from city centre takes you to Waiheke Island to enjoy drinks and beachcombing. Nature lovers can explore the wildlife sanctuary on Tiritiri Matangi where you can photograph the flora and fauna. Similarly pleasurable nature visits can be undertaken on Great Barrier Island where you can peek at historic kauri dams, and take a dip in natural hot springs. Not only natural activities, but there is a peculiar urban sophistication also about this city. Have spectacular views from Sky Tower, where you can indulge in Sky walk or Sky jump.
Auckland is such a heavenly place where not only dark and dense woods await for being explored, but also urban charms are ready to enchant you with its man made constructions. Be it a family trip, friends' outing or a honeymoon trip, the city of Auckland is a pleasure hunt in itself. Don't know how to organize the trip without making a hole in your pocket? Log onto MakeMyTrip.com, and go for online booking. Being India's leading travel portal, you can book your online flight tickets, scroll through the accommodation options and buy cheap travel packages. MakeMyTrip is always ready to organize your travel package with cheapest rates, and affordability in all things.
About Mangalore (IXE)
One of the most important port cities in India, Mangalore is beautifully flanked by the expansive Arabian Sea on one side and the mighty Western Ghats on the other. The beauty of the city is greatly enhanced by the backwaters of the Netravati and Gurupura Rivers. Blessed with a tropical climate, this city can be visited at any time and any season of the year. There are literally so many things to do in Mangalore that tourists will surely get spoilt for choices. They can go for beach hopping in one of the many gorgeous beaches like Someshwar Beach, Panambur Beach, Surathkal Beach and Kapu Beach or pay a visit to the Pilikula Nisarga Dhama - an entertainment hub that features a golf course, science centre, arboretum, animal park and an exciting water theme park. They can also explore the dense forests of the Western Ghats. Mangalore also has many places of religious importance that draw a number of pilgrims from near and far. Worth-mentioning among them are the Mangaladevi Temple, Shree Shanaishchara Temple, Carstreet Venkataramana Temple, St. Aloysius Chapel and Ullal Darga. Furthermore, this city has several shopping malls and multiplexes as well. For a pleasant stay on the city, tourists can book one of the many exciting and affordable travel packages from MakeMyTrip.