Auckland Travel Guide

  • Mission Bay Fountain
    Mission Bay Fountain
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  • Skytower Complex and Casino
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  • Queen Street
    Queen Street
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Auckland Things to Do

  • Queen Street & Downtown

    Queen Street starts from Auckland Harbour and runs for nearly three kilometers in a virtual straight line. As the commercial as well as shopping hub area, there are a full range of shopping option the souvenir shops are mainly concentrated at the harbour end and there are a number of arcades and side streets with boutique stores and eateries

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  • Skytower Complex and Casino

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Skytower dominates the Auckland skyline and provides a great reference point wherever you are in the city. The said building is the tallest tower (328 meters) in the Southern Hemisphere. It's a bit expensive but worth the cost for the great views. For the adventurous type of people, you can also either climb around or absail off the tower.

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  • Mt Eden

    After seeing pictures of Mount Eden, I made sure I made the stop there - and Im so glad I did! Getting off at Mount Eden station I walked up one of the many walking trails. Even though I was exhusted after the walk (as well as dodging cattle and sheep), it was well worth it - what an awesome view of the city you get! Aswell as the view there is...

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Auckland Restaurants

  • Waterfront Café

    4 out of 5 stars

    Open 7 days, 8.00am till late. Breakfast Lunch and Dinner. Most people head for the Viaduct Basin and it's array of eateries. However it is rather expensive there, albeit nice and modern. I have known a while now about this place. Just a few steps from the Basin, and I think the best kept secret, is Waterfront Café. The food is superb, the service...

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  • The Loaded Hog

    The Loaded Hog is a large pub/restaurant located on the waterfront at Prince's Wharf in downtown Auckland. It offers a big outdoor seating area (facing the wharf), a cavernous interior and an upstairs seating area with a balcony overlooking the wharf. It is a nice setting in which to enjoy a pub lunch, or just a beer, while watching the world go...

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  • Manuka Restaurant

    4 out of 5 stars

    We ate at the Manuka restaurant on our first evening in New Zealand, and we were very glad to have some fresh vegetables after 2 days spent eating in airports and airplanes! We went for a classic Greek salad and some fresh fruits which is not what you usually eat to test a restaurant, so my opinion is not a complete one. I can say that the...

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Auckland Nightlife

  • Sky City

    This theatre is the newest entertainment venue in the city. The theatre caters for 700 patrons and provides the state-of-the-art technology. Events at the theatre are from major local and international performers in rock, pop, jazz, dance, theatre and cabaret. For details on events, Ph. 0800/759-2489

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  • Dancing Shoes

    Float is down on the waterfront near Minus 5 and the new Hilton (it looks like a ship). It's got a great atmosphere and plays fantastic music. If you are in the mood for dancing, go in about 1pm to beat the ques (gets busy at bout 12pm or 1am, still not that big a line, but if you need to pee it takes forever) and don't leave to closing! It gets...

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  • Galbraith's

    Galbraith's is an english style pub at the beginning of Mt Eden Rd near to the Auckland CBD. It serves up a nice selection of meals and has a great range of beers brewed on site. The Porter is really good as is the Best Bitter and these are served at cellar temperature as any good ale should be. Galbraith's also stocks a range of other beers plus a...

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Auckland Transportation

  • City Circuit Free Bus

    This is a fantastic free of charge service that travels around the city in a clockwise direction. It leaves every 10 minutes between 8am-6pm. Look out for the bright red buses - you cant miss them! Buses are hybrid so enviromentally friendly :-) The stops are as follows: Britomart (main transport hub in Auckland) Queen St - Vulcan Lane Queen St -...

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  • Auckland Air Bus

    If you stay somewhere near Queen st. airbus stops, you can use that bus to and from airport. I bought return ticket from ticket booth, but the booth may be closed. In this situation you can buy ticket from the driver.

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  • THE LINK AUCKLAND BUS

    The LINK is a very cheap environmentally friendly bus (satisfying the Euro5 standards) that will lead you from the city centre to all the main touristic actractions in Auckland for 1.60NZ$! I definitely do not suggest driving in Auckland, above all because parking could be very expensive, and the LINK is simply the best way to move around!

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Auckland Shopping

  • Newmarket

    Here is a chance for New Zealanders and travellers to purchase this quality French lavender produce imported from Provence, Sth France. This range of creams, oils and such are well known and liked all over the world. The company requires strict adherence to their guidelines to sell L'Occitane items. The Lavender creams are famous worldwide.

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  • Parnell Village Shops

    Höglund Glass is one of the top quality New Zealand items you may like to purchase on your visit down here. Of course transporting this medium home can be a mission, however the shop will organise this to best protect the glass, they ship worldwide. Most dignitaries are brought to this shop to give them the opportunity to buy gifts. British Royalty...

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  • Zarbo Delicatessen & Café.

    This place is the whole experience. You can have lunch and or you can shop for food and kitchen items not normally found in NZ shops. The ambience is busy and I found it too noisy, but it's a lively place with neat people mingling here. I filled up on Austrian Mozart chocs.

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Auckland Local Customs

  • Describe how you want your coffee.

    Do you want Long Black or Short Black? Or perhaps "flat white" (It is similar to the latte and the café au lait.)Endless fun in ordering different coffee drinks. If you have enough time and you are open to experiments, try your own and decide for yourself.

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  • Lamb Shanks

    If you are headed to Auckland, I can not recommend any other meal before you have the Lamb Shanks. With all the fanfare of New Zealand Wool, and its farming culture it is almost sacrificial for you not to try the lamb shanks while you are here. On our evening meal with the rest of the mid-winter Auckland VT meeting crew, I tried the lambshanks and...

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  • Auckland Rodeo

    The Auckland Rodeo is held each year in December at Carlaw Park. There is a mix of rodeo events with the suitable music, entertainers and performers not usually seen in New Zealand. Plenty of Cowboys and Cowgirls.. you’d almost think you were in Texas. The gates open at 4.00pm and things really get a hussle on with the main show beginning at...

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Auckland Warnings and Dangers

  • Departure Tax

    Outdated Information:Please note that while this information was correct at the time of my visit in 2006, it is now outdated and should be disregarded.The New Zealand departure tax is now included in the price of flight tickets and the below procedure is no longer required....

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  • TIPS

    Ive lived i NZ AUCKLAND all my life. A few tips for tourists: - Keep valuables hidden, NOT in backpacks(easily stolen from behind) - EYES OPEN , be aware of people around you & how close they are - PLAN ! Ensure your rides to &from, times there&home etc. - Do not approach drunks, groups of teens wearing one colour(eg blue,red..) - Keep near or in...

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  • Auckland City dangers.

    I live in Auckland all my life, im 18 now and very streetwise. If you plan to go into the City, by the sky tower and k' road etc, and you dont know the area well or are not with someone that does, then i warn you not to stay at night. The city during the day time has many great stores to shop in and is relatively safe because there are so many...

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Auckland Tourist Traps

  • Auckland skyjump. Make sure someone...

    I traveled 3 hours from my country of Australia to the sky tower. I paid 190 bucks jumped off the dam thing & the bastard clerk at the shop could not even press a record button or give me a refund.all he could do was process 2 photos & a cert & give me a pass to go up to the skytowerwhat a rip off. I reckon that bastard didn't record my jump...

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  • Souvenir shops in Auckland

    If you're after genuine "Kiwiana", check country of origin of the goods. Most of the souvenir shops are run by mainland Chinese and Koreans, and while most are well meaning I found more than a few shops where they used lack of English to feign ignorance. If you have to go to one of these shops, go to one at your hotel - or if you're not staying at...

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  • Dolphin Explorer in Auckland

    If you are lucky you will see dolpins or even whales which also feature on the brochure of Auckland's Dolpin Explorer. But...Whereas you will get a refund if you do not see whales on a whale watching tour in Kaikoura, for example, the "highly recommended" Auckland tour has a tourist-trap-like policy. That is why I still have a complimentary voucher...

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Auckland What to Pack

  • The four seasons

    Most likely large would be best for all the shopping and also to be prepared for all types of weather. Bring everything. You'll experience all four seasons in one day in Auckland. During summer, it can get quite hot, but if you're in the shade and its a little windy, then it will be cold. Then it might have a bit of a shower in the afternoon. So...

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  • Four Seasons in One Day

    When going in Auckland in the spring, or for anywhere in NZ for that matter, be prepared for any kind of weather. When the sun is out in November, it's hot. When it's raining, it can be a deluge. It can also snow at higher elevations, and I experienced a morning run in thick frost while at Lake Taupo. Bring long sleeved shirts (synthetic or wool,...

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  • Wet weather

    It rains quite alot in winter, so be prepared to get a little wet. Forget umbrellas, the wind is too strong to be carrying umbrellas, get raincoats instead Like Australia, the UV rays in NZ is quite high, so it may be cloudy, but dont be fooled, better to slap on some sunscreen or carry a cap/hat.

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Auckland Off The Beaten Path

  • Sightseeing

    One of the nice little suburbs of Auckland is Mission Bay, with the beautiful water view and the nice park set against the beach, this is definitely worth the 10 minute drive from downtown. Sarah is sitting in front of the Trevor Moss Davis Memorial Fountain, which opens in the springtime for a water and light show. Springtime officially starts on...

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  • Hauraki Gulf

    Update 24 July 2008 The ferry company operating the trip to Tiritiri Matangi has changed (and if only the name...) since I wrote my tip: It is no more the Kawau Cat Ferry but 360 Discovery - and it now costs NZ$ 66. Contact details for 360 Discovery at the end of the tip. Only one word is good enough to describe Tiritiri Matangi: Paradise! Once...

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  • West Coast Beaches

    Our local West Coast Beach is great for some fresh air, a walk along this beach is fantastic! Always popular for swimming, surfing, picnicking and fishing but not as crowded as other West Coast Beaches. Please have a respect for the sea as when the surfs up rips work very well so remember always swim between the flags! This rugged West Coast...

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Auckland Sports & Outdoors

  • The attraction of the wild west coast.

    Muriwai beach is one of Auckland's premier surf spots. Located to the northwest of the city, on the wild Tasman Sea coast with its black volcanic sand beaches and scary, roaring waves with all the power of the Southern Ocean behind them, Muriwai is a grand place to surf, body board, or just enjoy from shore, by strolling or paddling in the...

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  • Fancy wearing off some extra weight?

    Folks gearing to lose some weights after piling on the pounds while on holiday - look no further. The YMCA runs Tepid Baths in the city, and is open to the public for activities such as swimming with spa (not Olympic size though, the pool, not the spa) as well as for folks looking for a gym/fitness centre.It is an old building but reasonably well...

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  • Highest Jump 192m from Sky Tower

    It is the highest base jump in the world, gives you a great buzz, you go up the Tower to Level 53 (192m) jump off - You can be stopped midair at main viewing platform so someone can take a photo and then they let you go down to the ground. You get a certificate afterwards showing you have done it.

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Auckland Favorites

  • Auckland Museum and Domain

    The Wintergardens are located in the Auckland Domain, not far from Auckland Museum. The glass houses date back into the early twentieth century and although the plant collection is very modest, the place is free and makes a nice retreat if you're in the city centre. The "fernery" is a secluded 'bush' walk through native New Zealand forest (which we...

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  • Queen Street & Downtown

    Auckland now has a fine little pocket of restaurants around its waterfront and Viaduct Basin areas. Though not comparable to the great culinary capitals of the world, Auckland's restaurants may not number in the thousands, but the food is of a high quality and varied range. This area is also nice to walk aorund on a summer evening.

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  • Kelly Tarltons Underwater World

    For different view of Southern Hemisphere life, make a point of visiting Antarctica while you're in Auckland. At Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World you can meet King and Gentoo Penguins in a world of real snow and ice.

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  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    I have read some bad reviews about The Victoria Park Markets, so want to let people know that they have just spent $20million on a revamp and with new eateries and hopefully nice shops, this historic market is due to reopen very soon.

 
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