Auckland Holiday Guide

Auckland Travel Information

The city of Auckland is a melting pot of cultures from around the world, featuring a spectacular setting between two large bays, with the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea coming within 20 miles of each other. Much of the city's activity centres on the water, with regular sailing events providing lively forms of entertainment. Historical discovery and cultural insight also contribute to a long list of things to do in Auckland. Tourists find there are so many tourist attractions they prefer to take a guided tour of Auckland to see them all.

Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic is a great day out for the family, featuring a large collection of king and gentoo penguins and rides on heated snow-cats, which will transport you into a frozen landscape. Sea life exploration offers a great insight into the underwater activity of a vast array of sea creatures at Underwater World, while Rainbow's End Theme Park, situated on nine hectares of land filled with heart-stopping rides, is an exciting day out for the entire family.

Auckland Tourist Attractions

The city's Sky Tower is the tallest structure in the southern hemisphere and one of New Zealand's most popular sites. Upon reaching the top of the tower you will be rewarded with stunning views of the city and outer limits. The Auckland Museum is well worth a visit for information on the area. It also hosts the world's largest displays of Maori and Polynesian artefacts.

Auckland Zoo is widely considered one of the best zoos in Australasia and is home to the country's biggest collection of exotic species. For an introduction to the artistic legends of both New Zealand and Europe, the Auckland Art Gallery is the place to go.

The America's Cup Village is an entertainment centre located around the bay, and is where the annual yachting regatta takes place. There are numerous restaurants, caf├ęs and bars in the area and it is the perfect place to sit back and relax while watching people coming and going.

Auckland's nightlife is lively with a youthful community running the scene. Everything from old style bars to ultra-modern nightclubs can be found in the city. Ponsonby is one of the most upmarket areas, with chic restaurants and high class cocktail bars common features.

A little outside the city centre the Howick Historical Village features displays of the colonial history of New Zealand, while a daytrip to the spectacular Bay of Islands is the perfect way to explore the stunning countryside outside the city. For a beach escape, head for Stanley Point or Devonport, where charming seaside villages and pristine beaches make for the perfect family day out.

Transport Around Auckland

Connecting flights to the city's international airport arrive from around New Zealand and a small number of destinations outside the country. Bus lines run throughout the city, while taxis are widely available.

Although Auckland is a safe city for visitors, having travel insurance is strongly recommended. Knowing that you are covered in the event of any accidents or mishaps will allow you to relax and enjoy your holiday.