Destination Guide - Auckland

New Zealand's largest city, Auckland is situated on the picturesque Waitemata Harbour. The Polynesian culture flows through the city like a fresh breeze, creating a harmony between busy city activity and coastal lifestyle. There's plenty to do in Auckland: visit the Auckland War Memorial Museum and gain insight into Maori culture, climb to the vertiginous heights of Sky Tower or take a ferry ride to Waiheke Island or Devonport.

The Basics

Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZ$)
Population: 1,300,000
Time zone: +12
Daylight savings: last Sunday in October to last Sunday in March
Languages: English and Maori
Electricity voltage: 230V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: Australian-style plug with two flat angled blades and one vertical grounding blade
Mobile network: GSM

Highlights

    • Waitemata Harbour
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum
    • Sky Tower

Events

  • 6 February
    Waitangi Day
  • 6 February
    Waitangi Day
  • March
    Auckland International Boat Show
  • March
    Auckland Cup

Weather

Average temperatures in summer (December to February) are approximately 25 C.In winter (June to August) temperatures average 10-13 C.


Getting there and around

The bus system is an efficient way to get around and it stops at all the important landmarks. A hire car is a great option for covering greater Auckland. Taxis are also available.

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Travel Insider Auckland suggestions

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Accommodation

Hotel Debrett, New Zealand
Hotel Debrett, Auckland

2 High Street, Auckland, New Zealand.

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See & Do

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Central Auckland, New Zealand.
+64 9 359 5987.

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Further reading

Here are some more New Zealand travel highlights.

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