About Auckland

Auckland on the North Island of New Zealand is the largest urban area in the country. Located perfectly between the Pacific Ocean and small mountain ranges, it is a truly beautiful city with two magnificent harbours to travel to the many islands nearby. Built over basaltic volcanic fields, the city has witnessed 50 volcanic eruptions to date! Considered such a valuable part of the global economic system, Auckland was officially named an alpha city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network because of its plentiful contributions to art and commerce. Filled with numerous museums, beaches, art galleries, theaters, parks, and natural resources along with amazing oceanic weather, it is a favourite holiday destination for tourists all over the world. Affectionately named the 'City of Sails', this multi-lingual city earned its name due to the intense devotion of its sailing fans who have fallen in love with its many mesmerizing beaches stretched all across the coast.

Public Transport System

Bus, ferry and trains are the basic modes of commuting in and around the city. Intercity and naked bus are the most reasonable local bus options. A variety of international and local car rentals are available like Thrifty, Hertz and lots of local car rentals like Ace, Apex, Go and Jucy that provide taxi services at a relatively lower cost. Buying a used car also works good economically, for tourists who plan to stay for a longer duration. Uber also provides completely cashless taxi services all over the city till the airport but, Uber is not allowed to do airport pickups.

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Cleanliness: Moderate, Efficiency: High (Transportation is efficient and cheap but the low costs of tickets has affected the conditions of most public transportation facilities.)

Mode & Cost of Transports

Bus and train tickets are still as low as 1 NZD and 0.50 NZD for children.

Taxi fares start from 2.15 to 2.70 NZD per km.

Ferry rates starts from 4 NZD for children and 7 NZD for adult.

Uber Rate card:

Base Fare: 1.30 NZD

Per Minute: 0.30 NZD

Per Km: 1.35 NZD

Cancellation Fee: 10 NZD

Service Fees: 0.55 NZD

Minimum Fare: 6.50 NZD

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 0.65
Cup of Coffee USD 3.26
Milk Carton Pack USD 1.96
Rice/Kg USD 1.96
White Bread USD 1.30
Eggs (12) USD 3.26
Combo Meal USD 7.83
Fine Dining USD 58.72
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 1.96
Domestic Beer USD 5.87
Imported Beer USD 5.87
Bottle of Wine USD 9.13
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 17.62
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 1.96
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 2.61
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 1174.48
  • Plan your trip in advance as New Zealand is a remote area, and last minute tickets can be quite expensive.
  • Remember, it’s a left-hand drive country.
  • Using local transport can be very pocket-friendly.
  • One can do a complete coast-to-coast walk in 5 hours, an amazing opportunity to cover a city on foot.
  • Witness the world’s largest penguin colony.
  • Don’t waste money on renting an expensive SUV as normal cars will be equally as good for a complete city excursion.
  • Local transports can be more time-consuming, as the time table and routes of buses and trains are specific.
  • It’s a relaxed city with sports lovers so do not overdress.
  • Don’t forget to try local cuisine despite the Asian influence on the food flavour.
  • Avoid trips in December, January, and February. Because of the heavy tourist season, prices are exorbitant.

Night Life

Auckland is home to some of the best chefs of New Zealand. Exotic wines and culinary divines are the best deals to crack after the sunsets. The city of art lovers provides plentiful opportunities for musical, theatrical, and cultural events that can be a great evening outing. Auckland's lively night market is the best place to witness the immense variety of local food, art, and handicraft. Sunset kayaking, night cruises, and night canoeing are some fun adventures certainly required on any to-do list in Auckland. Beautiful starry nights are adorned with dance and music at restaurants and local eateries. Pleasant live music with artists or DJs or just a cold drink and snack out, everything is suitably available just around the corner with the many restaurants, bars, and pubs found throughout the city. A late night visit to the tallest man-made sky tower in New Zealand to enjoy the glimmering view of the entire shining city is a memory sure to be cherished forever.

Must See

  • Visit the Great Barrier Reef, considered the world's most beautiful dark sky sanctuary, where one can stare into the wonders of a perfect starry sky.
  • Annual Pasifika festival hosts numerous Pacific villagers representing their unique culture, cuisine, art, and food.
  • Explore the blue ocean waters by canoeing, kayaking, jet boating diving or snorkeling.
  • Bungee jumping from the highest tower in the city is definitely a moment that one will cherish.
  • Very close encounters with wildlife and marine life sanctuaries and sea life aquarium.
  • A Harley Davidson ride to explore the city or a slow bicycle ride to every nook and corner of the city.

Experiences

  • A treat for the kids in the city, is the Auckland zoo, the Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium for sea life, the guided snorkeling tourist, the butterfly creek, and everyone's favourite, the Hobbit movie set, from the Lord of the Rings movie series.
  • Adventure lovers enjoy the mountain range expeditions and deep water diving in the Great Barrier Reef and other beaches.
  • Zipline and native forest expeditions are exhilarating experiences at Waiheke Island.
  • A single dedicated day to tour the mysteries of Waitomo Glowworm Caves definitely elevates excitement levels.
  • The hop-on-hop-off explorer bus gives a complete tour of the city at a complacent pace of 24 or 48 hours travelling time. These buses give tourists a revealing insight into the actual heart and soul of the city.
  • Food connoisseurs should not miss having signature dishes of Baduzzi, Paradise, Apero, L'oeuf, Blue Breeze Inn, Orleans, Satya, Dizengoff, and Saggio di Vino to add to their list of unusual, appetizing food.

Activities

Sky City Auckland
Casino
Sky City Victoria Street & Federal St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand.
Distance From City Center
140 meters
Pakiri Beach
Beach
261 Pakiri River Rd, Pakiri 0972, New Zealand.
Distance From City Center
98.5
Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari
Safari
175 Quay Street, Viaduct Harbor, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand.
Distance From City Center
850 meters
Remuera Golf Club
Golf
120 Abbotts Way, Remuera, Auckland 1050, New Zealand.
Distance From City Center
9.7 km
Auckland Zoo
Zoo
Auckland Zoo 99 Motions Road Western Springs Auckland 1022.
Distance From City Center
5.3 km

Shopping

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  • Wooden buzzy bee
  • Toys of kiwis
  • Jade jewelry and accessories
  • World's best quality Merino wool products
  • Rugby team shirts
  • Exotic New Zealand wine
  • Chocolate fish
  • Manuka honey
  • Silver fern pin and accessories

Official Language

English, Maori, and New Zealan... Read more

Other Language

Hindi, French, Mandarin Chines... Read more

Spoken Language

The 2001 census has seen a rap... Read more

Currency

New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

Population

1.4 (Millions)

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Weather

Overcast Clouds 14.11°C

TimeZone

05:17 AM (GMT +12:00)

 

Ambulance

111

 

Police

111

 

Electric socket

Type I
Type I ( 230 V 50 Hz)

Airport Name / IATA Code

-

Best time to visit

March, April, May and September, October, November.
Weather is pleasant, humidity is comfortable, and the crowds are thinner.

Moderate time to visit

June, July, August are the wettest, coldest months with strong windy days.

Worst time to visit

December, January, and February, as the seasons are reversed here. These months are considerably warm so many tourists from cold regions come for vacations. The place gets densely crowded and the costs of both travels and accommodation face a major price hike.

Taxi

Start Tariff: NZD 3.65

1 Km. Tariff: NZD 2.60

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: NZD 50.00

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