Auckland, New Zealand Travel Tips and Hints

Auckland Airport is located between Auckland city and Manukau city, which makes connections to be extremely convenient. There are several ways of transport to city centre, but the most convenient is the airbus, that operates two routes into the city: via Mt Eden Road and Dominion Road, where you can connect to central city suburbs including: Mt Albert, Mt Eden village, Mt Roskill, Sandringham, Newton and Grafton.

The price is approximately NZ $ 16, meaning around 10 Euros, one way trip. Tickets can be purchased from Airbus Ticket Kiosks, direct from the driver (cash only) or pre book on-line at www.airbus.co.nz.

Insider tips

  • i-SITE Visitor Information Centres provide free information and bookings for accommodation, activities, attractions and transport throughout Auckland and the rest of New Zealand, plus free handy maps to help you get around. i-SITE Visitor Information Centres can be found throughout Auckland and beyond.
  • You can easily download free maps and guides from here: http://www.aucklandnz.com/discover/maps-and-guides
  • Auckland’s summer is from December to February, autumn or fall is from March to May, winter is from June to August and spring is from September to November.
  • New Zealand is one of the safest travel destinations in the world
  • The Auckland Hop On Hop Off Explorer is an all day sightseeing tour visiting Auckland’s Big 14 Attractions with full commentary
  • Bay of Island Day Tour

What to visit

  • The Auckland Art Gallery – you will find works of art, such as those of Colin McCahon, and other important works of art.
  • The Auckland Museum, known as The War Memorial Museum, is one of the most important and imposing buildings from New Zealand, being placed on the ruins of an inactive volcano. The Auckland Art Gallery is built in neo-classical style and includes the entire history of the New Zealand.
  • Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Centre – here are organized cultural events, usually being put in scene the Opera or theatre performances.
  • Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) – offers to visitors an interactive and thoughtful experience on how was shaped New Zealand.

Shopping time

  • Main shopping is along Queen Street but also Newmarket
  • Auckland’s Viaduct area is loaded with shops and restaurants
  • Malls: Westfield Malls, Dressmart, Botany Town Centre
  • Karangahape district – one of the famous shopping districts

Insider hints

  • Spend a day exploring Waiheke Island using the Explorer bus and take the Fullers passenger ferry from downtown Auckland to Waiheke
  • Waitakere Ranges, Muriwai Beach and Gannet Colony, tasting wine, and a lot more activities
  • Sky jump of the Sky tower
  • The view from Mount Eden volcano is amazing so hike one of the many volcanoes – Rangitoto/Maungawhau/Mangere
  • Range rover driving on Rangitoto
  • Take a ferry ride across the harbour to Devonport
  • Piha, Karikari and Muriwai – drive though a beautiful regional park
  • Try traditional Maori cuisine
  • Picnic blanket on a beautiful spot
  • Matakana and North West Auckland are iconic wine districts
  • A day trip to Tiritiri Matangi might be fun
  • Taking the ferry from the bottom of town across to the quaint settlement of Devonport: good cafe’s, good flat area for walking along the waterfront
  • Visit the Driving Creek Railway, old mining sites and beaches
  • Enjoy some fresh mussels and a glass of wine in the historic township
  • Cruise around the Hauraki gulf
  • West Haven, for views of the city and the Harbour Bridge. The pictures will look amazing

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