Auckland, New Zealand
Set toward the top of New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland encompasses a breathtaking array of harbors, bays, peninsulas and islands as well as the vibrant metropolis by the same name. Urban and rural, land and sea—all within remarkable proximity. With diverse attractions, expansive natural beauty, and unique Maori culture, it’s no surprise Auckland is a booming travel destination for 2019. Read on for our top travel tips to get the most out of this incredible destination.
Must Do Experiences
Explore the vibrant city center, learn about Maori culture and history, climb the Auckland Harbor Bridge, take a ferry to Waiheke - the must-see island of wine and so much more!
Useful Smartphone Apps
- AKL City Tours: Dedicated to giving visitors and residents of Auckland an excellent variety of tours across Auckland’s central city.
- Introducing Kupu: A Spark sponsored app that uses the camera in your phone to instantly translate objects into Te Reo Maori.
- Kupu: Create your own tour of discovery and unearth some of the finest Maori artwork sculptures and paintings that are in public spaces for visitors to view.
- Auckland Virtual Tours: A unique opportunity to be shown around by two Ngati Whatua Orakei whanau (family) members via mobile phone or tablet.
Wireless access is abundant in Auckland. Look out for free Hotspots – AucklandWiFI at Tomizone gives 30 minutes free WiFi per day in the central city; long enough to update social media with your envy-inducing Auckland pictures before heading out on your next adventure!
Explore the sights of Auckland and its magnificent harbor by bus, train or ferry. AT Metro ferries have regular commuter services that sail from the central city to 13 coastal locations including Devonport and Waiheke Island, and the more recent additions of Hobsonville, Gulf and Pine harbor.
AT Metro trains travel to south, east and west Auckland. They depart from the Britomart Station at the bottom of Queen St and are ideal for getting to major shopping centres or events at Eden Park and Mt Smart Stadium.
The bright orange 380 Airporter bus travels to Auckland Airport from Manukau and Onehunga. The Airporter bus operates seven days a week on a 15-20-minute schedule.
It’s not obligatory to tip in restaurants and bars, so feel free to splurge on dessert or an extra bottle of delectable Waiheke wine.
Converting foreign currency at the right place means more fun money for activities. Pro-Tip: skip the airport exchange! New Zealand post will convert foreign cash without commission at PostShops.
If you’re ready to escape into pristine wilderness, and sip famed New Zealand wine, there are new year-round direct flights on Air New Zealand, making it easier than ever to connect with new cultures, experience an incredible city, meet the indigenous Maori people, savor delectable traditional foods, and explore the majestic landscapes and wildlife of Auckland, New Zealand.
Ready for your own Auckland adventure? Contact our agency to plan your escape!