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Auckland

 The majestic "City of Sails" is surrounded by water, which defines its sparkling appeal. The magnificent harbour is reminiscent of other famous waterside cities, but with its own unique charm. The site of the 2000 & 2003 America’s Cup, Auckland has a rich maritime history, shaping their identity as a seafaring nation. Auckland is relatively small geographically, which makes it a pleasure to explore on foot and with its dynamic population the city has more of a cosmopolitan, sophisticated feel to it and with an easy, friendly atmosphere.

currency

New Zealand Dollar (NZD) = 100 cents

phone

Police, Fire and Ambulance
111

newspaper

The New Zealand Herald,
The Independent,
National Business Review,
Sunday News,
Sunday Star Times

hours

Typical hours for shops are 9am-6pm weekdays, with an earlier closing on weekends but many shops stay open late on Thursday and Friday. Banks
general opening hours are Monday – Friday 9am-4.30pm.

population

1.4 million

info

The Auckland Visitor Information Center
Skycity atrium, Crn of Victoria and Federal Streets
Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 9am - 5pm
+64 9 365 9918

yachts racing in auckland harbour

The City

Auckland shines as the commercial and cultural centre of New Zealand. It is situated on 50 islands and 48 dead volcanoes which make it unusual and breathtaking to behold. Stroll along the water, a hike on a volcanic island, or a cruise through the glorious harbour are just a few ways to absorb the delights of the city. This city has the largest Polynesian population in the world, adding to its cosmopolitan, dynamic appeal. High-end fashion houses, sophisticated restaurants and chic bars compliment the abundance of outdoor activities.

The mythical, magical natural beauty of New Zealand made it an obvious choice for the setting of the imaginary Middle Earth, in the films of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. This enchanting wonderland is filled with craggy mountains, rolling, rustic hills, endless green meadows, gentle beaches and dramatic cliffs. It is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, with pursuits from rock climbing and scuba diving, to parasailing and white water rafting. Horse riding is also a popular activity in New Zealand. If you want to create a "Lord of the Rings" experience - of galloping across Middle Earth - this is the perfect place to do it! Auckland has more boats per capita than any other city in the world, which explains the national obsession of sailing. Home of America’s Cup, boating becomes an infectious pastime to almost every visitor who crosses its shores.

This luscious leafy city is a joy to explore. Its infectious energy emerges in the open and affable population and lively activities. Kiwis are proud of their country. They adore visitors and love to rave about this glorious city. Don’t be surprised if you make new friends among the locals!

Sky tower in a sunny day, North Island, New Zealand

Do & See

The whole region of Auckland is just waiting to be explored and with its stunning nature, beautiful beaches, pristine rainforest and the magnificent Hauraki Gulf, the city does for sure offer an amazing travel experience for their visitors. Auckland is the perfect place to recharge your batteries with some pampering, see a variety of scenic landscapes, or to experience the buzz of urban bustle or why not get a thrill of some adventure activities. No matter what you are, looking for you will for sure find it in Auckland.

Auckland Zoo

Butterfly Creek

Rangitoto Island

Harbour Cruise

Auckland Museum

Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium

New Zealand National Maritime Museum

The Sky Tower

Auckland Stardome Observatory

West Auckland Vineyards

Waiheke Island

Goat Island Marine Reserve

Horse Rides

Tamaki Hikoi Maori Walk

Waitakere Ranges regional park

Bungy jump from Auckland Harbour Bridge

Auckland Bridge Climb

Matakana Coast

Tiritiri Matangi Island

Chef is cooking appetizer with sea scallops and salad mix, toned image

Dining

Auckland’s cuisine is inventive and incredibly diverse representing the multitude of cultures that make up its population. There are many seafood restaurants around due to the coastal location of Auckland. This means the city always has a wealth of fresh seafood at its disposal. There are thousands of restaurants, cafés, bars and wineries, offering everything from fine dining to cheap eats where you can treat your taste buds with yummy and fresh food.

Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill

Orbit 360° Dining

Sails Restaurant

Gion Japanese Restaurant

Soul bar and bistro

The French Café

The Engine Room

Antoine’s Restaurant

Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant

Oh Calcutta

Casita Miro

Tony's Lord Nelson Restaurant

Sal's Authentic New York Pizza

Waitress serving a cup of coffee in cafe

Cafés

Sit back and relax over a cup of coffee or tea, while watching the world go by in one of Auckland´s many inviting cafés. Unique cafés are dotted around the town so you will easily find one when you are craving for a hot beverage or something sweet, like a fresh baked cake!

Paneton Bakery & Café

Dizengoff

Rosie

Richmond Road Café

Takapuna Beach Café

Giapo

Little Bird Unbakery

Remedy Coffee

Little and Friday

Chocolate Boutique

Auckland City and Spaghetti Junction

Bars & Nightlife

Kiwis are a relaxed, friendly, fun-loving people, and relaxing with a drink is an integral part of the culture here. Whether you are looking for an intimate venue for quiet conversation or a lively festive atmosphere, anything your heart desires is easily found. Auckland has truly a lively, energetic nightlife, with something for everyone. Various DJ clubs with any type of music abound, available every night of the week.

Dida’s Wine & Tapas Lounge

The Fox

The Sugar Club

Brew on Quay

Cassete Nine

Provedor

SKYCITY Auckland Casino

Twentyone

Ding Dong Lounge

EIGHT NightClub

Group Of People Shopping Concept

Shopping

When in Auckland, shopping is a must! Auckland has a wide array of high street fashion, local designers, house wares, crafts and eclectic markets to explore. Discover one of the many vibrant shopping streets where you will find boutique and designer stores, offering some of New Zealand’s best-known names as well as top international labels. There are also numerous of malls to head for where you basically will find everything you are looking for and also where you can pick some great Kiwi gifts to bring back home for the loved ones. Auckland markets is also a safe bet when looking for that special gift, art, craft or jewellery.

A local note: Karangahape Road is widely known as the abbreviated K’Road.

High Street, Vulcan Lane & O’Connell Street Areas

Victoria Park Market

Otara Market

Nuffield Street

Parnell Shopping

Ponsonby

La Cigale French-style Farmers Market

Hugo Boss

The Department Store

Sylvia Park Auckland

Woman enjoys spectacular morning views of Auckland city

Essential Information

Auckland Airport

The Auckland International Airport services all of Auckland. Located 21 km south of the City Center and it is easily accessible by bus, shuttle or taxi.

Skybus is Auckland’s airport transfer service that runs between Auckland City Centre and Auckland Airport. They operate 24 hours a day and the bus transfer takes about 40-60 min. Tickets can be bought at the Airport Ticket Kiosks (situated by the SkyBus bus stops at the airport) or from the bus driver (cash only). You can also buy your ticket online and some hotels.

There are only licensed taxi and shuttle companies at the designated taxi ranks at the terminal buildings, all to make sure that you will get a high standard of service. The taxi rank are outside the arrivals area at the international terminal as well as the domestic terminal. You can pre-book or just turn up at the terminal rank.

Address: Auckland Airport

Phone: +64 9 275 0789

Website: www.auckland-airport.co.nz

Public Transport

Due to its recent growth spurt and the international interest developing in Auckland as a tourist destination, traffic has gotten more congested than it was 5 years ago. Given this, Auckland is still a relatively small city and the traffic is still manageable compared to other large cities.

The easiest way to get around Auckland is with Link bus services. Just look for the red, green or yellow buses. The buses run on such a frequent basis so no need to look at the timetable. You only need to head to the appropriate bus stop and wait for your bus. Take the red bus (The CityLink) when travelling within the city centre, the green bus (The InnerLink) to get around Auckland's inner city and the amber bus (OuterLink) when travelling around the inner suburbs of Auckland. For more detail and information, see website below.

You can buy your ticket from the bus driver (cash only) or get the AT HOP smart card that can be bought online or at a ticket office. One ticket office is Britomart customer service centre. (Ground floor Britomart Transport Centre, 8-10 Queen St, Auckland)

Address: 8-10 Queen St, Auckland

Phone: +64 9 366 6400

Website: www.at.govt.nz

Taxi

Taxi ranks are to be found around the city centre such as Lower Hobson Street, Ferry Building, Britomart and Kitchener Street.

Auckland Co-op Taxis

Address: Auckland

Phone: +64 9 300 3000

Website: www.cooptaxi.co.nz

Post

Post offices and postal shops are abundant in Auckland. A centrally located one is Wellesley Street NZ Post & Kiwibank, located on Wellesley Street, close to Aotea Square.

Address: 24 Wellesley Street West, Auckland

Phone: +64 800 081 190

Website: www.nzpost.co.nz

Pharmacy

Medicines to Midnight is an after-Hours Pharmacy, open all day until midnight. A fully stocked pharmacy, specialising in medicines, prescriptions and advice.

Address: 160 Broadway Newmarket, Auckland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +64 9 520 6634

Website: www.medicinestomidnight.co.nz

Telephone

Country Code: +64

Area Code: 09

Electricity

240 Volts AC, 50Hz flat, 3 pronged plugs used.

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