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Auckland travel guide, best things to see and do — tips 2021 - 2022

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Jenny Wilson

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city. Stroll along the coastal inlets, hike on a volcanic island,  spend an afternoon at the Auckland Museum perched above the Memorial Gardens or a cruise the harbour are just a few ways to absorb the delights of the city. This city has the largest Polynesian population in the world, contributing to the Pacifica, cosmopolitan and dynamic appeal of Auckland. High-end fashion houses, sophisticated restaurants and chic bars compliment the abundance of outdoor activities.

Auckland is situated on 50 islands and over 50 dormant volcanoes which make it unusual and breathtaking to behold.  It is located in the upper part of the North Island, New Zealand. Being the largest gateway to New Zealand visitors have a tendency to rush past Auckland in their desire to see the rest of the place. Great intentions yet visitors are missing out on the magic that is Auckland.

Auckland, New Zealand @Lonely Planet Auckland @Lonely Planet

What is the best time to visit?

March to May or September November. These months offer spring or autumn temperatures with mostly sunny days as well as being the shoulder season for tourists.

Auckland weather

It is recommended visitors have a poncho or umbrella handy for occasional showers.


240 Volts AC, 50Hz flat, 3 pronged plugs used.


Country code +64

Area code +9


Auckland is a city of parks. The Domain is the city’s oldest park based around an extinct volcano and home to the formal Winter Gardens as well as the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Woman enjoys spectacular morning views of Auckland city, New Zealand
Woman enjoys spectacular morning views of Auckland city


Heritage and city walks. Self-guided walks for Auckland and surrounding districts.

Walk coast to coast across an entire country crosses New Zealand’s narrowest neck of land. Start in Viaduct Harbour on Auckland’s east coast and travel west through urban landscapes, beautiful parklands and over dormant volcanoes to finish 16km later at Manukau Harbour.

Check travel pack information for map and track details.


Historic Places are a must-visit for lovers of history, architecture and gardens.


Commercial galleries are listed in Heart of the City website.




Auckland with its multi-cultural population including the largest settlement of polynesian people is home to many festivals. During the summer months Pasifika festival is a highlight. The beat of drums and the rhythm is a must do Pacifica immersion and should be on your bucket list.

Pasifika festival, New Zealand @The CoconetTV Pasifika festival @The CoconetTV


Swimguide is a mobile friendly app “It helps you easily find your closest beaches, know at a glance which ones are safe for swimming, and share your love of beaches”

For beach aficionado’s city beaches do not compare with the well known beaches of Northland, Nelson and South Island. Unlike in Sydney with its iconic Bondi Beach or Manly esplanade Auckland is not a beach focused destination.

City beaches include:

Kohimarama and its busy neighbour Mission Bay. Both beaches provide excellent views of Rangitoto Island, Auckland’s most recent volcanic eruption. Both beaches can be crowded on a hot day. A walk towards Achilles Point you will find Ladies Bay Beach.

Devonport is a scenic harbour cruise destination with a village feel to its main street. Lined with cafes and gift shops as well as historic.



Warkworth Museum, Auckland, New Zealand @Wikimedia Commons
Warkworth Museum @Wikimedia Commons
Auckland west coast beaches a day trip exploring surf beaches with iron sands and gannet colony. Check out Auckland West Coast Beaches articles for inspiration for your day trip.
Auckland regional parks such as Shakespear and Tawharanui Regional Parks. Follow the link to in depth articles to inspire your exploration of Auckland Regional Parks.
Warkworth, Parry Kauri Reserve, Warkworth Museum or Goat Island Check out the article on Warkworth for hidden gems in the area.
Hauraki Gulf island treasure exploration of either Rangitoto Island by 4WD road-train or Rotoroa Island with its predator-free status. Rotoroa features in our weekend city break trips check it out and get going
Indulge in a harbour cruise observing islands, whales and dolphins. Check our article about one of the favourite places in New Zealand Rotorua Island.
Hire a kayak and paddle out to Rangitoto Island or simply explore the harbour. This a great family adventure together, for locals and well as New Zealanders and Australians from out of town.
Matakana Coast exploration Slow food destination is an hour’s drive from Auckland. A delicious foodie taste, sip and savour journey where food and feast is the order of the day.
Let’s visit a public toilet Kawakawa with a detour to a historic war memorial site, Ruapekapeka Pa. This is the furthest journey recommended as it is part of Northland. Giving locals and visitors a glimpse of the special nature of Northland and temptation to delve further into the Northland experience.
Kayak, New Zealand @aucklandseakayaks
Kayak @aucklandseakayaks
Pohutukawa Coast, New Zealand
Pohutukawa Coast

A day trip exploring the Pohutukawa Coast especially in late spring gets you out of the winter blues. Check out our day trips for a detailed description of what to expect.

Miranda Shorebird experience The PacificJane team are bird watching devotees yet the wide flat Firth of Thames waterways with their dense layers of shell beaches is considered memorizing. The indistinct definition between land, sea and sky where the flatness was layered blues and white. The shorebirds are in their thousands, it is a protected area. Check out the article Miranda Shorebirds for details.
NOTE: Excluded is a trip to Hobbiton. It is over 2 hours one way to travel to Hobbiton. It is a considerable distance in a bus or vehicle. Consider a visit to Hobbiton from a location closer or plan a trip around a road journey to the Coromandel.


Due to its recent growth spurt and the international interest developing in Auckland as a tourist destination, traffic has gotten more congested than it was 5 years ago. Given this, Auckland is still a relatively small city and the traffic is still manageable compared to other large cities.


The easiest way to get around Auckland is with Link bus services. Just look for the red, green or yellow buses. The buses run on such a frequent basis so no need to look at the timetable. You only need to head to the appropriate bus stop and wait for your bus. Take the red bus (The CityLink) when travelling within the city centre, the green bus (The InnerLink) to get around Auckland’s inner city and the amber bus (OuterLink) when travelling around the inner suburbs of Auckland. For more details and information, see the website below.

You can buy your ticket from the bus driver (cash only) or get the AT HOP smart card that can be bought online or at the ticket office. One ticket office is Britomart customer service centre. (Ground floor Britomart Transport Centre, 8-10 Queen St, Auckland).

Public Bus Network

8-10 Queen St, Auckland

+64 9 366 6400



Trains are a great way to travel around Auckland with 41 stations across four lines: Southern, Eastern, Western and Onehunga



The Auckland International Airport services all of Auckland. Located 21 km south of the City Center and it is easily accessible by bus, shuttle or taxi.

Skybus – is Auckland’s airport transfer service that runs between Auckland City Centre and Auckland Airport. They operate 24 hours a day and the bus transfer takes about 40-60 minutes. Tickets can be bought at the Airport Ticket Kiosks (situated by the SkyBus bus stops at the airport) or from the bus driver (cash only). You can also buy your ticket online and some hotels.

There are only licensed taxi and shuttle companies at the designated taxi ranks at the terminal buildings, all to make sure that you will get a high standard of service. The taxi rank is outside the arrivals area at the international terminal as well as the domestic terminal. You can pre-book or just turn up at the terminal rank.



To ease the aching feet or the weather isn’t great

Check timetables and routes for up to date information.


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