Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, combines urban sophistication with a natural playground for a truly unique experience. There’s so much to see and do all within a short distance from the city centre – stunning scenic landscapes, beautiful beaches, outstanding food and wine, a rich culture, great shopping and plenty of adventure.
New Zealand’s indigenous people, the Maori, called this land “Tamaki Makau Rau”. Tamaki (Auckland) desired by 100 lovers, was fought over for its forested hills, productive soils and harbours full of seafood. Now approximately 1.5 million people, about one third of the country’s population, live in the greater Auckland area.
Set on three beautiful harbours, there are lots of ways to get out on the water. Relax on a leisurely harbour cruise, go whale and dolphin spotting or visit one of the many islands dotting the Hauraki Gulf. Walk up iconic Rangitoto Island for amazing views, visit the wildlife sanctuary at Tiritiri Matangi or explore Waiheke Island’s world-class wineries and sandy beaches.
Take a trip up the Sky Tower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, for incredible 360-degree views – the brave can even ‘SkyJump’ off it or ‘SkyWalk’ around its exterior 192 metres above ground. Pick up designer fashions and Kiwi art in one of the several shopping hubs, visit the Auckland Museum or Auckland Art Gallery for a culture fix, and dine on fine cuisine at one of the many harbourside eateries.
The city’s sparkling waters, varied landscapes and cosmopolitan city life combine to make it one of the most desirable places in the world to live or visit – Auckland is rated third on the Mercer scale of global lifestyle cities.
Ports of Auckland
Max LOA: 1049.9 feet (320 metres)
Longer vessels by prior arrangement.
Channel Depth: 32.8 feet (10.0 metres)
Shore Gangways: Automatic passenger air bridge
QUEENS WHARF (EAST)
Max LOA: 967.8 feet (295 metres)
Channel Depth: 32.8 feet (10.0 metres)
Shore Gangways: Not available until mid 2013
Tidal Range: 0.2 to 3.3 metres
Distance to the city
Both wharves are located within a 5-minute walk to downtown Auckland.
Cruise ships dock on the water’s edge of downtown Auckland.
Many major bus and train routes operate from the Britomart Transport Centre, about a 5-minute walk from cruise ship berths, and ferries to surrounding islands can be found on Quay Street, in between both wharves.
Public Bus Service
The red City LINK bus operates a small circuit that runs around central downtown linking Britomart Transport Centre, Queen Street, Karangahape Road (K’ Road) and the recently developed Wynyard Quarter. The bus runs every 15 minutes from 6.30am to 11.30pm, Mon-Sat and every 20 minutes from 7am to 11pm, Sundays and public holidays. Tickets cost NZD$0.50 (NZD$0.30 for children).
The green inner LINK runs in a circuit around Auckland’s inner suburbs and popular shopping areas such as Parnell, Auckland Museum, Newmarket, K’ Road, Ponsonby and Albert Street. Catch the LINK bus from Britomart Transport Centre. These run every 10 minutes Mon-Fri 6.30am-8pm, every 15 minutes 8pm-11pm and every 15 minutes Sat-Sun. Ticket costs NZD$1.90 maximum per ride.
The orange outer LINK bus runs a circuit that is a little larger than the inner LINK. This circuit also includes Parnell, Auckland Museum, Newmarket and Ponsonby, and also goes to places further out such as Mt Eden, St Lukes Mall, MOTAT and Herne Bay. This bus comes every 15 minutes Mon-Sun and costs between NZD$1.90 to $3.40.
For public bus and train information, contact:
+64 9 366 6400, www.maxx.co.nz
Auckland Explorer Bus
The Auckland Explorer Bus is a hop on, hop off bus that circles around 14 of Auckland’s key attractions with informative running commentary. An adult all-day bus pass costs NZD40. This is a very popular option with independent guests and crew.
Find out more on www.explorerbus.co.nz.
Distance to the airport
Approximately 23 km or 14.29 miles.
Expect to pay around NZD$75+ for a taxi ride to the airport.
ATM machines/ currency exchange
ATM machines can be found all around the city, including Westfield Downtown shopping mall, and most will accept international debit and credit cards.
Currency exchange can be done in banks located all around the city.
Mondays to Thursdays: 9am-5pm
Fridays: 9am-6pm Friday
The Westfield Downtown shopping mall is open 8am-6pm Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday and 10am-5pm Sunday.
Westfield Downtown, +64 9 978 5265, www.westfield.co.nz
- Countdown, 76 Quay Street, Auckland, +64 9 275 2567
Nearest internet café
- Scope Gaming Internet Café, 95 Queen Street, Auckland Central, +64 9 379 8792
- Cool Mobile, SKYCITY Metro Level 1/291-297 Queen Street, Auckland Central, +64 9 369 2468
- Auckland City Post Shop, Citibank Building, 23 Customs Street, +64 9 302 1059;
- Ponsonby Post Shop, 314 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby 0800 501 501
- Newmarket Post Shop, 416 Broadway, Newmarket, 0800 501 501
Auckland enjoys a warm coastal climate without extremes of temperature.
Summer: high of 75F (24°C) low of 52F (11°C);
Winter: high of 63F (17°C) low of 48F (9°C);
Mean annual rainfall of 1,240mm and mean annual sunshine of 2,060 hours.
Download the map of Auckland here.
Auckland i-SITE Visitor Information Centres:
- Princes Wharf, +64 9 367 6009
- SKYCITY, +64 9 367 6009
What is Auckland known for?
Known as the City of Sails, the largest city in New Zealand is known for its beautiful harbours and islands, superb restaurants and vineyards, vibrant waterfront areas, designer shopping, lively entertainment precincts, a rich Maori and Pacific culture, exciting water activities and easy access to nature and outdoor activities.
Attractions & Activities
- The Sky Tower, with adventure activities SkyJump and SkyWalk, observation decks and a range of restaurants.
- On the water: harbour cruises, dolphin and whale watching, sailing, jetboating, kayaking, fishing and more.
- Gourmet food and wine: fine dining at harbourside restaurants, cafés and bars in downtown Auckland, Wynyard Quarter and the Britomart precinct and prime wine regions in Waiheke Island, Matakana, Kumeu and Clevedon.
- Islands and Nature: Waiheke Island, Rangitoto Island, Tiritiri Matangi Wildlife Sanctuary, west coast black sand beaches, bush and beach walks.
- Shopping precincts in Parnell, Ponsonby, Newmarket, High Street and Britomart.
For some of the best city and harbour views in Auckland, visit:
- North Head in Devonport (just a 12 minute ferry ride across the water)
- Bastion Point in Mission Bay
- The Sky Tower observation decks
- Mount Eden
For more information on visitor attractions, visit www.aucklandnz.com.
Air New Zealand
Contact: Geraldine Hutchison, Inbound Business Development Manager
ATEED (Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development)
Contact: Jason Hill, Manager – Tourism
ID New Zealand
Contact: Jeremy Palmer, Director
Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium
Contact: Philip McGowan, General Manager
Contact: Craig Harris, Managing Director
Contact: Julian Barton, Managing Director
Contact: Tony Petrie, Managing Director
Contact: Callum Mallett, GM Hotels
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