Popularly known as the ‘City of Sails’, Auckland is strung along an isthmus between two harbors at the north of New Zealand, with the Pacific Ocean to its east and the Tasman Sea on the west. Spotted with numerous volcanoes that are spread across the region, Auckland is the largest and most multi-cultural city of New Zealand. At all times of the year it is bustling with activities ranging from cultural events and exhibitions, major sports competitions, international stage shows. With various attractive sights to offer along-with museums and other leisure activities like adventure sports, Auckland has a distinctive culture that promises for an interesting destination halt for tourists.
In 2010, four formerly separate cities of Manukau in the south, Waitakere in the west, North Shore in the north and Auckland City itself, on and around the isthmus were joined to form the city of Auckland. Also referred to as “The City of Extinct Volcanoes”, this cosmopolitan city has modern and urban development traits, and one third of New Zealand’s population resides in Auckland. Surrounded by the two harbors of Waitekere and Manukau on the east and west, Auckland’s layout can be seen through visits to its superb spread of towns and suburbs across the city that display early European architecture along with Edwardian, Victorian and bungalow-style residential structures.
Greater Auckland is a fusion of four cities:
Each of these neighborhoods is easily accessible as they lie on the main motorway and are well-connected. Local geography can broadly be divided into the following neighborhoods:
Auckland Central Business District:
Inner City suburbs:
Mission Bay and the Waterfont/ St. Heliers:
Getting from the airport to the city
Getting around the city
Tipping in New Zealand is not customary. However, if you feel that the service was exceptional, feel free to tip as much as you like.
Auckland in 3 days (Source: Viator)
Auckland’s nightlife is quite vibrant; however it can get a little rowdy at times! Some notable drinking places in Auckland are: