Auckland

The facts

  • largest city in New Zealand
  • population of around 1.5 million
  • vibrant cosmopolitan city
  • important educational centre, with two universities and many other educational institutions
  • excellent quality of life (ranked 3rd in the world in the 2019 Mercer Quality of Living Survey)
  • safe (ranked 9th equal in the world with Wellington in Mercer’s Personal Safety Ranking 2019)
  • economical (2019 Mercer Cost of Living Ranking ranked Auckland 89th out of the more than 200 cities surveyed. 1 = most expensive)
  • known as the “City of Sails” because of the large number of boats per capita
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Climate

Season    Spring    Summer    Autumn    Winter
Months    Sep – Nov    Dec – Feb    Mar – May    Jun – Aug
Mean daily
maximum / minimum
   18°C / 11°C    24°C / 12°C    20°C / 13°C    15°C / 9°C
Rain days    12    8    11    15

Things to do in Auckland

Auckland offers you…

  • islands, beaches and parks
  • international restaurants, bars and nightclubs
  • adventure activities
  • cultural events, including live music and open-air shows
  • art galleries, museums, theatres and cinemas
  • great variety in shopping
  • an ideal place to relax

Active Auckland

  • bungy jump off the Sky Tower
  • climb the Auckland Harbour Bridge
  • go sailing, kayaking, swimming or learn to dive
  • cycle, rollerblade, jog or walk along the beach front on Tamaki Drive and admire the view
  • try sky diving or paragliding
Sky diving in New Zealand

Urban Auckland

  • experience the Ponsonby café scene
  • sample the nightlife – try the restaurants, bars and nightclubs at Wynyard Quarter, Ponsonby Road, K Road, Parnell and Kingsland
  • go shopping in Newmarket or find a bargain at Dressmart
Auckland nightlife viaduct harbour

Relaxing in Auckland

  • go on a harbour cruise
  • go swimming or lie on one of the beaches on the North Shore
  • have a picnic in one of the many city parks
  • get up close to penguins, sharks and stingrays at Kelly Tarlton’s Antartic Encounter and Underwater World
Festival in Auckland, New Zealand

Explore the North Island

We can help you organize trips around the North Island. We offer great day and weekend tours with our local guides. Auckland is the gateway to the North Island and the ideal starting point for trips to….

Around Auckland (day trips)

  • Enjoy wild west coast beaches like Piha and Muriwai
  • Visit an island like Waiheke or Rangitoto
  • See the glow worms at Waitomo caves
  • Go snorkeling at the Goat Island Marine Reserve

Other North Island favourites (weekend trips or longer)

  • Bay of Islands
  • Coromandel peninsula
  • Napier (famous for its Art Deco architecture)
  • Hawkes Bay Wine Country
  • Raglan (popular with surfers)
  • Mt.Ruapehu (for skiing, snowboarding or hiking)
  • Rotorua
  • Taupo
Rafting in New Zealand

Further information

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