Auckland Tourism

Auckland is surrounded by beautiful beaches, uninhabited islands volcanic cones. Did you know that, according to a myth, Auckland was created during the battle between two iwi (tribes)? The fierce battle created deep cracks in the earth, thrusting upwards the many volcanic cones one sees today around Auckland.The city is bustling with world-class shopping centres, restaurants, bars, art galleries wine districts, rainforests and a lot more. Each one of you should visit Auckland at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best timet o visit Auckland.

Largest urban area of New Zealand, Auckland has also got names like ' a maiden sought by hundred lovers', thanks to its natural beauty. Once a base against the Maori Kong Movement, Auckland, today is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Urban landscapes, harbours, rivers, gulfs and a good number of ethnic groups, visiting Auckland is one of its kind experience. Also known as the City of Sails, there are plenty of yatch clubs in Auckland that'll keep you hooked. Horse and greyhound racing, rugby and cricket matches, events celebrating different ethnicities, Auckland hosts them all. So, if you want to opt for a destination which is not your mainstream one and want to explore the underrated one, then opt go with Auckland. It's pretty sure that you'll never get disappointed.

Essential travel information and Auckland tips for your visit

  • Auckland Time Zone: NZDT (New Zealand Daylight Time) (GMT+13:00)
  • Currency: New Zealand Dollar
  • Electricity:  US uses 230/240 Volts, 50 Hz alternating current as power. Plug sockets have ungrounded 2 pin connections (Type I) and grounded 3 pin connections (Type I)
  • Languages: Majority of the people in New Zealand speak English. Other languages spoken in the city include Samoan, Hindi, Northern Chinese (including Mandarin) and French.
  • Internet: 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connections are available in almost every hotel in the city. The city also has public Wi-Fi in some areas.
  • Security: Police: 111, Ambulance: 111, Fire: 111
  • Auckland City Hospital: 09 367 0000
  • Tipping – Tips are not expected for normal services in New Zealand. However, if you are satisfied with the service and you wish to tip, you can tip about 5% to 10% of the bill.
  • Do not smoke in public. Smoking is banned in pubs, restaurants, public transport and public buildings.
  • Do not wrap your gifts in red. Red is a taboo colour in New Zealand.
  • Do not tough the head or hair of other people. It is considered as an insult.
  • The word “Kiwi” is not an offensive name when referring to New Zealanders. Infect it is the norm there.
  • Don’t fret too much about the rain. It’s not worth waiting for the rain to stop before you head out.
  • Carry a sunscreen along. There is a high likelihood of severe sunburns on exposure to the sun for too long. Remember t carry sunscreen.
  • Do not go alone for late night walks. Alcohol abuse and unpleasant interactions are not common but are possible.
  • Do not leave your valuables in the car. Keep them in a safe place.
  • Pickpockets are often attracted to crowded places. Be aware of someone who bumps, shoves or gets too close.
  • Do not leave any articles such as phones, purses and wallets unattended.
  • Select sightseeing companies and guides carefully. Make sure they are legitimate. Check with your hotel staff for recommendations.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Auckland

  • Know the pollution level of Auckland before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 20.63 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 40.66 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 38.78 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 31.06 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 17.17 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 26.53 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 20.05 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 14.65 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Auckland for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Auckland.

    • Burglary and Theft 51.67 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 43.04 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 45.5 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 23.95 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 54.5 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 42.4 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 56.62 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 73.54 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 43.78 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 45.44 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 33.75 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 57.05 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Auckland is 169.48 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 53.23 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 99.89 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 28.36 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 39.95 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 79.78 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 74.76 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 11.81 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 95.81 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Auckland

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.5 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.45 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 43.37 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 97.96 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 72.97 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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