City of sails, culture and sights

A multicultural mix this vibrant, inherently cultural city is home to museums, galleries, festivals and numerous other events reflecting and celebrating its diversity.

The only city in the world built on an active volcanic field, Auckland is dotted with 50 volcanoes, which make for exciting yet safe vantage points from which to view the city and its yacht-speckled harbour. With beaches on both the west and east coasts, it’s a tropical summer destination that also holds its own in winter.

Things to do

Eat to the beat

Sample the food, wine, craft beer and nightlife in Ponsonby, Wynyard Quarter, Britomart or the Viaduct, where countless new bars, restaurants and clubs have burst on to the scene.

Eat to the beat
Ferry lands

Ferry lands

Take the ferry to either Waiheke to visit its many fine wineries or Rangitoto to walk to the summit of an extinct volcano.

Look and learn

While away the hours at Auckland Art Gallery, the Museum of Transport & Technology and Auckland Memorial Museum to get a taste of indigenous, colonial and Pacific art, culture and history.

Look and learn
On the beach

On the beach

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of West Coast beaches opens in new window like Muriwai, Bethells, Whatipu, Anawhata, Karekare or Piha, which are about 40km from Auckland.

Up, up and away

Ascend the 328m Sky Tower opens in new window to enjoy an unrivalled view of Auckland. Have dinner or a drink at The Sugar Club, Sky Lounge or Orbit revolving restaurant.

Up, up and away

Airport information

Auckland Airport (AKL)

Distance to city centre 22km

Taxi Taxis are available from the domestic and international terminals. The trip into the city centre takes around 30 minutes and costs NZD $38-75.

Shuttle The SkyBus shuttle travels between the airport and Auckland city, with two different routes departing every 10-30 minutes. The journey to the centre of town takes 40-60 minutes. Tickets cost around NZD $18 and are available online, at Skybus stops or from the bus driver (cash only).

Bus The 380 Airporter bus goes from the airport to Onehunga, from where you can catch a train into central Auckland. The trip takes around an hour and costs NZD $4.50.

When to go

Auckland has warm, humid summers and mild, damp winters. Summer begins around Christmas and lasts until March, with winter typically at its peak around July and August.

A small city with big aspirations, Auckland boasts music festivals such as Laneway in January and Splore in February, Pacific culture festival Pasifika in March, the Writers Festival in May, a biennial arts festival in odd-numbered years and the must-see New Zealand International Film Festival, which takes place each July.

Getting around

Auckland’s Link bus service covers the whole city with regular departures and cheap fares. The red City Link buses serve the city centre every 7-10 minutes, the bright green Inner Link buses cover the inner-city suburbs and the orange Outer Link buses serve the universities, some inner-city and western suburbs, plus the Museum of Transport & Technology and the Zoo.

Trains cover Southern, Western and Central Auckland. Ferries operate between the Downtown Ferry Terminal and Birkenhead, Bayswater, Stanley Bay, Devonport and Half Moon Bay. With a pre-paid rechargable AT HOP card you’ll get a 20% discount on public transport.

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