Auckland Travel Guide

Things to do and see in Auckland

Population ~ 1.5 million

Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand

Auckland is the biggest city in New Zealand home to 33% of our populace. Contained by the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean on either side, you’ll see the Sky Tower and super yachts in the downtown area out to endless sea shores past the urban spread. Make certain to take a couple of ship braves to a portion of the close by islands!

Auckland Ferry Terminal
AUCKLAND,NZ – May 26:Auckland Ferry Terminal on May 29 2019.It’s the hub of the Auckland ferry network that connects Auckland City with North Shore City and locations in Waitakere and Manukau City.

Getting between the airport and city centre…

It takes a 40 min Shared Ride for $24 from the airport to the city 24 hour 365 days depending on the time of day. To get to the fare check out Kiwi-passes for pre-bookings and to find your closest stop. Buy tickets online to save time prior landing at Auckland airport.

Taxi the 25km from the airport to the Auckland city centre by heading to the nearest taxi rank upon exiting the terminal. This could cost $50-$100 depending on traffic. App-based services offer flat rates with Dialkiwi charging $52 and Zoomy between $62-$70.

Shared shuttle vans can drop you at your destination, with prices varying by zone and efficiency depending on whether you are the first or last to be dropped off =)

Renting a campervan or rental car is a great way to explore New Zealand with flexibility and freedom! It’s easiest to pick up/drop off rentals from the major airports in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown. We recommend you book in advance.

Auckland: See & Do

Sky Tower
AUCKLAND, NZ – MAY 29: Queen Street with the Skytower in the background on May 29 2019. It’s a major commercial thoroughfare in the Auckland CBD, New Zealand’s main population center.

The Sky Tower is New Zealand’s tallest building, take the lift or hike the stairs up. There’s a restaurant with the best city views, or for the more adventurous the SkyWalk or SkyJump.

Climb Mt Eden (1hr easy walk), or check out Cornwall Park which has cafes, animals, and the Stardome Observatory. The One Tree Hill summit is in Cornwall Park and has a nice vantage point (after a good wee climb). Another option is to pack a picnic to enjoy in Cornwall Park.

Take a ferry across to Devonport and explore the Northhead Tunnels or head to Cheltenham Beach.

Watch a game of cricket or rugby at Eden Park.

Jump on the TMK bus to head east out to Mission Bay for some beach time.

Visit La Cigale (French Markets) which are open Saturdays 8am – 1:30 pm and Sundays 9am – 1:30pm

Art-lovers will enjoy the Auckland Art Gallery.

And in Auckland, there are always events and festivals happening. Have a look at what’s on during your stay.

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  1. It was a great landing on the Auckland airport. Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and home to more than a third of the entire country’s population. Before you arrive, you will hear many contrasting opinions about Auckland while many prefer to flee the hectic city in search for the quiet tranquility of nature. However, I found myself totally in love with Auckland and everything it had to offer.

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