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Introduction

Auckland Night Cityscape

Auckland Night Cityscape

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Auckland is one of the world's most liveable cities, and Kiwis know it. Auckland is home to over a quarter of the country's population, which is around 1.3 million people, and all indications are that it will continue to grow rapidly. Auckland is also has the largest polynesian population of any city in the world! Originally settled by Maoris in the 1350s, because of fertile soil, many Maoris had left the area by the time Europeans had shown up because of fire arms had made coastal Maori towns too vulnerable to raids. Auckland was settled in February of 1840 and the Governor of New Zealand and it was the country's second capital, Russell in the Bay of Islands being the first. The capital was moved to Wellington in 1865 because at that time the South Island was being settled quicker. Even after losing the capital status Auckland continued to grow.

Known as the "City of Sails", Auckland is strung narrowly along an isthmus between two harbours at the north of New Zealand, with the Pacific Ocean to its east and the Tasman Sea out west. Auckland has many wonderful sights and museum, making this city a wonderful place to spend a few days. There is also a very nice night life which can get pretty rowdy. Just remember not to judge a bar by its name, because something that might sound like a dive might be a very class place.

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Neighbourhoods

Auckland can be divided into four neighbourhoods:

  • Auckland City
  • Manukau
  • Waitakere
  • North Shore

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Sights and Activities

City and Sky Tower, Auckland

City and Sky Tower, Auckland

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Sky Tower

The Sky Tower is located downtown. This large observation and telecommunications tower is over 328 metres (1,076 feet) tall making it the tallest free standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere and offers great views of the city. For the more adventurous traveller there is even an option to Sky Jump off the tower at speeds up to 85 km/h. A Sky Jump is a cross between a bungy jump and a base jump. Also the Sky City Casino and Event Centre, a large casino and event centre, is located in the Sky Tower complex for a different kind of adventurous traveller. This casino was refurbished in 2006 and has over 1,600 gaming machines. There are also over 100 tables for games like blackjack and roulette.

Other Down Town Sights and Activities

  • Aotea Square is large paved public square and is considered the city centre. It is littered with several shops and has a weekly arts and crafts market on Fridays and Sundays making it a great place for shopping. Queen Street runs along its eastern edge.
  • Queen Street is the main street of Auckland and is undergoing extensive repairs.
  • Auckland Civic Theatre is a large heritage theatre built in December of 1929 that can seat 2,378 people. It is one of only seven remaining cinemas in the world like it and incorporates many elements from Buddhist and Moorish building styles.
  • Auckland Town Hall is a concert hall which is believed to have some of the best acoustics in the world. Phone: +64 9 309 2677, Address: 50 Mayoral Drive.
  • Harbour Bridge is the eight lane bridge that connects Saint Marys Bay in Auckland with Northcote in Shore City.

Museums

  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, also known as the Auckland Museum, is a museum that has an excellent collection on New Zealand history from prehistoric times to the present. Located on a hill over looking the city it also offers excellent views. The War Memorial is located just outside the main entrance to the museum.
  • MOTAT is an museum dedicated to transportation and technology and is located in Western Springs.
  • Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World is a good aquarium located in the easter suburb of Mission Bay.

Sports

  • Eden Park Stadium is the Auckland's main stadium and is where the All Blacks rugby union play.
  • Viaduct Basin is the marina were the America's Cup regattas were held in 2000 and 2003.

Natural Sights

  • Auckland Domain is the largest park within the city with great views and a good golf course.
  • Mount Eden is an volcanic cone with a grassy crater. It is also the highest point in the city offering great views.
  • One Tree hill - Although it no longer has its one tree this volcanic cone that dominates the skyline of the south and inner suburbs is a great hike. The tree was lost in a politically motivated attack but an obelisk marks its spot today.
  • Mount Victoria - This volcanic cone is located in North Shore City and offers amazing views across the bay back at Auckland.
  • Rangitoto island - Protects the entrance to the harbour and is a main feature on the eastern horizon.

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Weather

Auckland has a warm but temperate climate with generally mild conditions throughout the year. Temperatures during the day average from around 15 °C from June to August to around 22-24 °C from December to March. Nights average between 7-8 °C and 14-16 °C respectively. The average annual precipitation is around 1,240 mm with June and July the wettest months and January and February the driest.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max23.3 °C23.6 °C22.5 °C19.8 °C17 °C14.8 °C14 °C14.8 °C16 °C17.6 °C19.6 °C21.6 °C
Avg Min15.8 °C15.9 °C14.9 °C12.5 °C9.9 °C7.9 °C6.9 °C7.9 °C9.4 °C10.9 °C12.6 °C14.3 °C
Rainfall74.3 mm81.2 mm86.4 mm92.9 mm100.4 mm116.3 mm125.6 mm111.4 mm92.9 mm80.2 mm83.6 mm91.4 mm

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Getting There

By Plane

Auckland Airport (AKL) is the main airport for New Zealand and is where most travellers start and end their trip in the country. This large airport has direct flights to several countries around the world and is located in a western suburb about 21 kilometres south of the Auckland city centre. Remember the airport has very strict bio-security with the use of dogs and x-ray machines. To avoid any fines just declare any biological material. With over 13 million passengers a year it is the busiest airport in the country and has most international connections.

To/from the airport:

  • Car: Two state highways connect to the airport. State Highway 20A goes north with access to central Auckland, the western and northern suburbs, and Northland. State Highway 20B leaves the airport to the east and allows access to southern and eastern Auckland, and the rest of the North Island.
  • Taxis and shuttles are available at both terminals.
  • Bus: The Airbus Express operates 24 hours and connects the airport to the Downtown Ferry Terminal in the central city via Mount Eden and Queen Street. The Downtown Ferry Terminal is opposite the Britomart Transport Centre, which allows bus and train connections to the wider Auckland area. Bus routes 375 and 380 operate from the airport to Botany Town Centre and Manukau City respectively.

By Train

Tranz Scenic operates several trains a day (some night trains are available) betwee Auckland and Wellington. It departs from Auckland at 7:25am (daily December to April, Friday to Sunday May to November) and arrives in Wellington at 7:20pm (the return train from Wellington departs and arrives at the same time).

By Bus

Intercity and Newmans Coach Lines serve quite a few cities and towns throughout the country from Auckland. Nakedbus serves places as well including Whangarei and Wellington (12 hours), and buses to Gisborne and Napier. Dalroy Tours has buses to New Plymouth (5.5 hours). Main Coachline has buses to Dargaville (3 hours). Go Kiwi travels between cities on the North Island as well.

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Getting Around

By Car

Some of the options to rent cars include the following companies:

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Eat

  • Tanuki's Cave - Japanese Yakitori Restaurant serving delicious skewers and other Japanese dishes. 319b Queen Street.
  • Prego - atmospheric Italian restaurant on Ponsonby Road.
  • Ichiban - cheap and tasty ramen and other Japanese dishes at 17 Albert Street.
  • Saint Tropez - In Parnell suburb, great French food.

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Drink

  • Elbow Room - Cosy, Mediterranean style bar, on Jervois Road in Herne Bay.
  • London Bar - Live Jazz every Friday and Saturday night and no cover charge. Corner of Queen & Wellesley Streets.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Airport Bed & Breakfast1 Westney Rd, Mangere Auckland 2022GUESTHOUSE-
Airport Skyway Lodge30 Kirkbride Road MangereHostel83
Jucy Hotel62 Emily Place DowntownHotel79
Bamber House22 View Road Mt EdenHostel81
Base AucklandCorner of Queen St and Darby St Darby StreetHostel78
BK Hostel3 Mercury Lane Cnr. Karangahape Road & Mercury LaneHOSTEL82
Borders Beyond8 Nixon St Ponsonby AucklandHostel81
Choice Plaza Hostel10 Wellesley St EastHostel80
City Garden Lodge25 St Georges Bay Road ParnellHostel76
City Lodge150 Vincent StreetHostel81
City Travellers Auckland93-95 Anzac Ave BritomartHostel-
Freemans lodge65 Wellington street Freemans bay,AucklandHostel76
Frienz.com Backpackers Accommodation Auckland27-31 Victoria Street East AucklandHostel79
All Seasons Auckland20 Wyndham StreetHotel-
Kiwi International Hotel411 Queen StreetHotel-
Lantana Lodge International Backpackers60 St Georges Bay Road ParnellHOSTEL90
Nomads Fat Camel Hostel38 Fort Street DowntownHostel77
Nomads Auckland16-20 Fort St AucklandHostel78
Oaklands Lodge5A Oakllands Road Mt EdenHostel84
Pentlands Backpackers Hostel22 Pentland Avenue Mt EdenHostel79
Ponsonby Backpackers2 franklin rd , ponsonby , aucklandHostel83
Surf 'N' Snow BackpackersLevel 1, 102 Albert StreetHostel72
Tetra Budget Apartments Auckland85 Wakefield Street AucklandApartment-
Yapinghouse79 Owens Rd Epsom AucklandHOSTEL75
YHA Auckland CityCnr City Road & Liverpool st 20HOSTEL80
YHA Auckland International5 Turner Street PO Box 68-149Hostel80
St. Martins Waldorf Furnished Apartments6-12 St. Martins Lane AucklandApartment-
Waldorf Tetra85 Wakefield StreetApartment-
K Road City Travellers146 Karangahape road, Auckland CityHostel81
Marco Polo Backpackers Lodge2D Hammond Avenue Orewa NorthHostel-
Oakwood Manor610 Massey Road Mangere Auckland AirportHotel-
Auckland City Hotel157 Hobson StreetHotel-
Ascot Epsom Motel92 Great South Rd NewMarketHotel-
The Cozy Kiwi15-31 Wellesley StreetHostel-
Shooters Saloon Auckland330 New North rd KingslandHostel-
Waldorf Bankside8 Bankside StreetApartment-
Dukes Midway Lodge4 Vagus Place (off Pah Road) Royal Oak PO Box 24047Hotel-
Uenuku lodge217 Ponsonby road PonsonbyHostel80
Waldorf Stadium40 Beach RoadApartment-
Bella Vista Express Hotel14 Airpark Drive P O Box 107 068, Airport OaksHotel-
Waldorf Celestion19-23 Anzac Ave (19 Emily Place)Apartment-
YMCA HostelCorner Pitt street and Greys AvenueHOSTEL82
Silverfern Backpackers234 Hobson StreetHostel79
Mount Richmond Hotel676 Mt Wellington Highway Mt WellingtonHotel-
Sudima Auckland Airport18 Airpark Drive MangereHotel-
Auckland Airport Inn190 Kirkbride Road MangereHotel-
Columbia15 Whitaker Place AucklandAPARTMENT-
Econo Lodge City Central37 Wellesley Street AucklandHOTEL-
Fat Cat Travellers Community2A Sherrybrooke PlaceHOSTEL82
Ibis Budget Auckland Airport2 Leonard Isitt Drive Auckland AirportHotel-
Kiwi Heritage Homestay52 West Coast Road Glen EdenGUESTHOUSE-
The Brown Kiwi Travellers Hostel7 Prosford Street PonsonbyHOSTEL-
Verandahs Backpackers Lodge4-6 Hopetoun StreetHOSTEL-
Arena Hotel131 Beach RoadHotel-
Newton Lodge27 Cross Street, Newton PO BOX 68571, NewtonHOSTEL-
University Hall Auckland30 Whitaker Place GraftonHOSTEL-
Kiwi Airport Backpackers144 McKenzie Road MangereHOSTEL-
The Albion Hotel19 Hobson StreetHotel-
Allenby Park Hotel477 great south road PaptoetoeHOTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafés are widely available throughout New Zealand at rates of around NZ$2-4, though sometimes more in smaller places. Besides internet and e-mail services, most big internet cafés also offer some way for travellers to connect their digital camera and burn cds. Many public libraries have public Internet access, and most of them offer short free internet sessions. Wi-Fi access is getting more and more common in for example coffee places or fast food chains. It is becoming more common for Wi-Fi to be provided at hotels and motels, though sometimes at a fee. Wireless Hotspots are located in many cities and towns all over New Zealand from dedicated Wireless providers from whom you can buy connect time. Many camping holiday parks also have such services available.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Dial 111 for emergency police, fire or ambulance services. The worldwide emergency number for GSM mobile phones, 112, can also be used.
The country code is 64.

Most payphones in New Zealand require the use of phone cards for payment and it is getting harder to find payphones that accept coins. As phone cards are available at a lot of outlets, they are easy to purchase and very handy as a backup in case of emergencies. Many of them also accept creditcards. Local calls are free from residential phones and charges for calling outside that area can be found at the front of the regional phone books, amongst many other services.

Mobile telephone coverage is effectively national in near urban areas although the mountainous terrain means that outside the urban areas, and especially away from the main highway system, coverage does have huge dead patches. Do not rely on mobile phones in hilly or mountainous terrain. Mobile telephone users can call 555 only to report Non-emergency traffic safety incidents, such as a breakdown, road hazard or non-injury car crash, to the Police. There are currently three major mobile carriers in New Zealand.

  • Telecom operates a UMTS (3G) network, named XT Network, nationwide on 850MHz with supplementary 2100MHz in metropolitan areas. (the same frequencies as Telstra in Australia and AT&T in the U.S.)
  • Vodafone operates a GSM network on 900MHz/2100 MHz and a UTMS (3G) network operates nationwide 900MHz with supplementary 2100MHz coverage.
  • 2degrees operates a UMTS (3G) network (2100MHz) in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, with supplementary GSM coverage provided elsewhere by Vodafone.

A prepaid sim-card connection pack with $10 credit from Telecom or Vodafone costs around $30, and prepaid sim-cards from 2degrees cost $10. Telecom has broader coverage in remote areas away from major cities compared to Vodafone and 2degrees.

Post

Most areas have dedicated PostShops, however stamps can also be bought at grocery shops, supermarkets and book stores. There are two main formats for domestic mail, namely Standard Post and Fast Post. Fast Post is used next day delivery between major towns and cities (two days from rural areas), whereas Standard Post will take a few working days to deliver nationwide. Standard costs NZ$0.50 for letters/postcards (NZ$0.80 for larger envelopes), Fast Post costs NZ$0.80 (NZ$1.20 for larger envelopes). International mail takes about 3-6 days to Australia (NZ$1.50), and 6-12 days to Europe, Asia and the United States (NZ$2). Post boxes are white, red and black and can be found in many areas throughout towns and cities, including information about when their contents are collected. Most post offices and smaller post shops have opening hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 12:30pm on Saturday. You can buy stamps here, or at newsagents and general stores. For parcels, you can use the NZ Post or otherwise courier companies like TNT, DHL, UPS or FedEx.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -36.847385
  • Longitude: 174.765735

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