Auckland Travel Guide & Information

Auckland, the largest metropolitan area in New Zealand, is situated on a narrow isthmus, bound by two harbors - the Waitemata and the Manukau at the southern end of the Auckland Peninsula. The city is popularly known as the "City of Sails" because the harbor is often speckled with hundreds of yachts, and has more than any other city in the world.

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Travel to Auckland, a city whose landscape is dominated by volcanic hills, the twin harbors, bays, beaches and islands. Flights to Auckland are your passport to a water lover's paradise, with some of the best beaches, swimming, diving, fishing, sailing, windsurfing and water sports in the country.

Auckland is the largest and most cosmopolitan city in New Zealand and a major gateway to the rest of the country. Auckland's amazing geography and warm, humid climate has inspired a lifestyle that's regularly ranked in the world's top ten. A reputation for great art and fashion makes Auckland a shopper's delight as well. With highlights like the Great Barrier Island, Hibiscus Coast, Matakana Coast, Waiheke Island, Warkworth, North Shore, the Waitakere Ranges and North West wine district, Auckland has made its mark as a premier travel destination.

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Things to do in Auckland

Museums:

Auckland has several museums with collections on various topics ranging from the country’s history to its maritime history.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: The Auckland War Memorial Museum is one of New Zealand's most important museums and war memorials. Its collections concentrate on New Zealand’s history and natural history, as well as its military history. The museum houses the largest collection of Maori and Pacific Island artifacts and treasures in New Zealand. The museum is also one of the most iconic Auckland buildings, constructed in neo-classicist style; the museum sits on a grassed plinth.

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New Zealand National Maritime Museum: New Zealand Maritime Museum is New Zealand's national maritime museum, located at the Viaduct Harbor on Auckland's Hobson Wharf. It houses exhibits chronicling New Zealand’s maritime history from the first Polynesian explorers to modern day triumphs at the America's Cup. The museum tells the remarkable stories of New Zealand's rich maritime heritage.

Aigantighe Art Gallery: The Aigantighe Art Museum in Timaru is renowned internationally for its collection and innovative exhibits and education programs. Aigantighe holds New Zealand, Pacific, Asian and European art works from the sixteenth century to present day. Its British Victorian painting collection is of great significance. In the modern wing, regional, national and international exhibits are on display.

Must See:

Auckland has several other attractions that you’ll definitely want to add to your itinerary.

Otara Flea Market: Otara Flea Market is New Zealand’s largest street market. Pacific Island, Maori, Asian and Pakeha stallholders gather each week, creating a unique multicultural experience. Whether you’re after fresh fruit and vegetables, locally designed clothing, jewelry or Pacific Island crafts, the Otara Market is perfect place to peruse and shop. The market is held every Saturday morning from 6am to 1pm, at the Otara Shopping Center on Newbury Street in Otara.

Auckland Zoo: Auckland Zoo is the main zoological garden of Auckland. The zoo is divided by region of origin of the species, taxonomically, or by biome. Auckland Zoo currently has approximately 179 species of animals totaling 1,300 individuals and covers approximately 50 acres.

Auckland Art Gallery:: It is the principal public gallery in Auckland and has the most extensive collection of national and international art in New Zealand. The gallery has major holdings of New Zealand historic, modern and contemporary art and outstanding works by Maori and Pacific Island artists, as well as European painting, sculpture and print collections ranging in date from 1376 to the present day.

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Where to Stay in Auckland:

Go To Top ? Hotels in Auckland

Auckland has a picturesque setting, with broad sweeping landscapes and many quaint corners. Finding cheap hotels and 4-Star Hotels Under $99, among others, such as suites and extended stay apartments, bed and breakfasts, boutique hotels, spas and resorts and hotels, are easy to find in Auckland.

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Central Business District : If you are on business trip, or just want to be in the center of many of Auckland’s attractions, Auckland's city center is the obvious choice. The CBD of Auckland has been the leading center of New Zealand's business and economic development for nearly two centuries. The CBD is also notable for having the highest concentration of arts, culture and higher education institutions and in the country. Whether you are looking for a luxury hotel or a budget hotel, or backpacker lodges, the Central Business District won't disappoint.

Devonport: Those who want a more relaxing stay, away the hustle and bustle of city life to spend some time in an offbeat location, consider Devonport. A 10 minute ferry ride from the city, the seaside charm and quaint surroundings that Devonport has to offer will make the ride and your stay well worth it. This historic village is brimming with bed and breakfast hotels, many in beautifully renovated Victorian and Edwardian villas.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

As per the latest travel information for Auckland, here are the passport and visa guidelines to assist you further.

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* U.S. citizens eligible for a visa waiver do not need a visa for tourist stays of three months or less.

* Visit the Embassy of New Zealand for the most current visa information.

For Canadian Citizens:

* A valid Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit New Zealand.

* The passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the date of your expected departure from the country.

* Canadians must also be in possession of a return or onward airline ticket, a visa for the next destination, and proof of sufficient funds.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Auckland.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Auckland

Auckland offers an enjoyable vacation climate year round. The busiest time to visit is during Auckland’s summer months, December through February.

Hiking in the mountains attracts a large number of sightseers, primarily during the summer, since many trails close due to winter conditions.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (December to February)

Low season: (May to September)

Auckland Weather

Auckland has a warm-temperate climate. The city experiences plenty of rain throughout the year, but predominantly in the winter.

* The weather can change suddenly due to its tropical location and cold fronts cause occasional hailstorms.

* Summers are warm to hot, with high humidity and winters are mild and damp.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

Before heading to New Zealand, be sure to call your bank to find out what the cost will be to use local ATMs abroad and to let them know your dates of travel.

Languages:

* English is the everyday language used throughout New Zealand. Maori is another official language of Auckland.