Auckland

Beaches, bars, and beautiful scenery - it's all here.

It’s not the official capital of the country, but don’t let the locals hear you say that. By far the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland is made up of a collection of little villages, each with their own stories to tell and unique experiences to offer. No matter what sort of trip you have planned, the City of Sails is happy to be your host.

Essential information

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Best time to go

Auckland is comfortable at any time of the year, however summer and autumn are the most popular seasons for visitors.

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How much will it cost?

Not including air travel and hotels, you should allow about NZD $100 to $150 a day per person for food and entertainment.

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Health

There are no mandatory vaccinations required for visitors to New Zealand.

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Visas

You might need a visa to holiday in New Zealand, depending on where you're from and how long you're staying. See the visa-waiver list.

Things to do in Auckland

The natural assets of Auckland have made it a dream destination for all kinds of travellers, from doing-it-on-the-cheap backpackers to cost-is-no-issue super yacht owners. You'll find city-fringe suburbs bursting with great restaurants, attractive urban beaches for swimming and ferry escapes that will quickly land you on a picturesque gulf island.

There are all sorts of things to keep kids entertained too. Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World and Auckland Zoo are sure-fire hits, plus the city prides itself on being able to get you from snow to sand in the same day thanks to Snow Planet's indoor slopes.

Auckland is called the City of Sails for a reason; boating is big here, and there's plenty of scope for getting out on the water.

The city is home to New Zealand’s biggest mix of culture, where international food and tradition go hand in hand with the Kiwi way of life. You’ll find foodie favourites, international and local art, and an incredible range of beaches where you can soak up the sun. There are all sort of things to keep the kids entertained too. Auckland’s zoo is well worth a look and the city prides itself on being able to get you from snow to sand all in the same day thanks to Snow Planet’s indoor slopes.

You’ll find foodie favourites, international and local art, and an incredible range of beaches where you can soak up the sun.

As the gateway to the Winterless North, Auckland’s tropical in the summer and mild in the colder seasons. The weather can change in a heartbeat, so if it’s not quite your cup of tea, give it 15 minutes. It’s a sprawling city, so it helps if you can get your hands on a car, but there’s loads of public transport to make getting around easy. It’s worth remembering that Auckland is called the City of Sails for a reason; boating is big here, and there are plenty of places to get out on the water.

As the gateway to the winterless north, Auckland is almost tropical in the summer and comfortably mild in the colder seasons. The weather can change in a heartbeat, so if it's not quite your cup of tea, give it an hour.

It's worth remembering that Auckland is called the City of Sails for a reason; boating is big here, and there's plenty of scope for getting out on the water. From Viaduct Harbour you can get aboard a genuine America's cup yacht, go ocean jet boating, take a lunchtime harbour cruise or catch a fishing charter.

New Zealand Auckland aerial view of Mt Eden.

Auckland could just as easily be called the City of Volcanoes. There are more than 48 extinct volcanic cones and craters in the region. One of the biggest is Mount Eden, which is just four kilometres from the CBD. Hike to the top and you'll see many of the other volcanic cones dotted around the landscape. Auckland's volcanoes are a bit special, because they are monogenetic, meaning they erupt only once. The exception is Rangitoto, which erupted several times.

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