Auckland skyline from Mt Eden

Why You Should Visit Auckland

Enjoy this guide to Auckland – the City of Sails

The Ultimate Guide To New Zealand’s City of Sails

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand. It offers stunning natural beauty, rich cultural diversity, and a lively, city atmosphere.

Additionally, Auckland serves as an ideal starting point to discover other nearby destinations.

The best time to visit Auckland

The best time to visit Auckland depends on what you want to do while you’re there.

The summer months of December to February are the warmest and most popular. Weather is sunny and warm, and it’s a great time to enjoy outdoor activities. These are the best months for hiking, swimming and visiting the beaches.

But, it’s also the peak tourist season. So accommodations and popular attractions are more crowded and expensive.

Spring (September to November) and Fall (March to May) tend to be less crowded, and the temperatures are mild. This is a good time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds but still enjoy comfortable weather.

Winter (June to August) is the least popular time to visit, as the weather can be cool and it rains quite often.

How to get around in Auckland

There are several ways to get around when visiting Auckland as a tourist. Some of the most popular options include:

  • Buses, trains, and ferries: The HOP card is a pre-pay system that allows you to travel on all public transport.
  • Taxis and Ridesharing: Taxis and ridesharing services like Uber are available.
  • Car rental: Renting a car can be a convenient option if you plan to explore the surrounding area.
  • Walking and cycling: many of the city’s main attractions are within walking distance. Bike rental services are available to explore the city on two wheels.
  • Hop-on Hop-off Bus: this option is also available to see the city’s major attractions

Where to stay in Auckland

These are some of the areas where you can stay during your visit in Auckland:

  • The city centre is a convenient location for those who want to be close to the main attractions. You’ll find The Sky Tower, the Auckland Art Gallery and tons of shopping and dining options. The outstanding Auckland War Memorial Museum is just a short cab ride away.
  • Ponsonby is a trendy and upscale neighbourhood with fashionable boutiques, art galleries and cafes. It’s a great option for those looking for a more bohemian and alternative atmosphere.
  • The Viaduct Harbour and adjacent Wynyard Quarter are popular spot for tourists and locals alike. You will find a wide range of restaurants, bars, and cafes and a relaxed, waterfront vibe.
  • The North Shore has beautiful beaches such as Takapuna and Narrow Neck. It’s a great option for those who want a more laid-back and relaxed atmosphere. You will find many B&B and vacation rental options here.
  • If you have an early flight or late arrival, staying near the airport might be convenient. You can find many hotels and motels in this area.

When deciding, it’s important to keep in mind your specific travel plans and preferences.

Looking across Judges Bay to Rangitoto
Looking across Judges Bay to Rangitoto

Things to do when visiting Auckland

Auckland is a vibrant and diverse city with a wide range of things to see and do.

Some popular activities and attractions for visitors include:

  • The Sky Tower is the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest freestanding tower. It offers spectacular views of the city and surroundings. Try the SkyWalk or SkyJump. an experience that allows you to walk around or jump off the edge of the tower.
  • The Waitakere Ranges is a beautiful regional park located west of the city. It has a variety of hiking trails, waterfalls, and beautiful beaches.
  • Take a ferry ride or a harbour cruise to explore the beautiful Waitemata Harbour, and take in the sights of the city from the water.
  • The Auckland Art Gallery is one of the most important art galleries in New Zealand. It has a wide range of artworks from our history and around the world.
  • The Auckland War Memorial Museum is a fascinating look into the history and culture of New Zealand. It features outstanding exhibitions of Maori artifacts, culture and natural history.
  • The Auckland Zoo sits in parklike grounds and is home to over 135 species of animals. It’s a great place to take kids or animal lovers.
  • Auckland has a vibrant shopping and dining scene. Visit high-end designer boutiques, local craft markets, and enjoy fantastic international and local cuisine.
  • Auckland offers beautiful beaches, such as Mission Bay, Kohimarama and Takapuna. These beaches are great for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing.
  • Taste some of New Zealand’s best wines on Waiheke Island. A popular destination for wine and beach lovers.
Auckland's North Shore beaches
Auckland's North Shore beaches

Day trips from Auckland

Auckland is a great starting point to explore the wider region. There are several great day trips you can take from the city that are only 1 or 2 hours away.

Some popular options include:

  • The west coast beaches of Piha, Bethells and Muriwai. They offer a rugged beauty with stunning views and black-sand beaches. Visitors can enjoy swimming, surfing, and hiking in this wild and beautiful area.
  • Matakana is a small town located north of Auckland. It’s known for its wineries, farmers’ market and Matakana Village. Take a stroll around the village, sample the local wines, and enjoy the local cafes. Beautiful beaches – Tawharanui and Omaha – are close by.
  • The Hunua Ranges is a regional park located southeast of Auckland. Visitors can enjoy hiking, swimming and picnicking in this picturesque area.
  • Devonport is a charming seaside village on the North Shore of Auckland. Take a short ferry ride from downtown and explore the village’s historic buildings, enjoy the views from the volcanic cones of North Head and Mt Victoria and stroll along the waterfront.
  • The East Coast Bays are a group of North Shore beaches across the Auckland Harbour Bridge – Takapuna, Milford, Murrays Bay, Browns Bay, to name a few and great places for discovering local cafes and shops and, of course, a spot of sunbathing and swimming!


Be prepared for Auckland weather

Auckland’s weather can be unpredictable. Pack clothing you can wear in layers and good walking shoes.

…as Aucklanders say “you can get four seasons in one day here”.

Need help? Ask a friendly local!

Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Kiwis (New Zealanders) are friendly and helpful. If you need help or have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.


Are you ready to visit Auckland?

Plan in advance.
Decide which neighbourhoods, activities and attractions you’re interested in visiting so you can make the most of your time.

Auckland is full of surprises and hidden gems, so don’t be afraid to explore the city and try new things. .

You’ll discover Auckland is an amazing city with a lot to offer.

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