If you are travelling to New Zealand soon, one major city you shouldn’t miss to visit is no other than… Auckland! This mini guide will be helpful to you if you are looking for things to do in Auckland, New Zealand for your next trip.
Did you know that Auckland is one of the most livable cities in the world? One of its best features is that you can see the spectacular nature landscapes and beaches 30 minutes away from the beautiful and modern part of the city! Isn’t it amazing that you don’t have to drive for hours and hours just to take a break from your busy city life to experience eating the fresh seafood by the bay and having a close encounter with wildlife? Well, we wish we could do that!
Continue reading as we unravel how easy it is to travel in this really interesting place and share our list of top things to do in Auckland!
Auckland is not the capital of New Zealand, but it is the most populous city with a whooping population of over 1.5 million! Because of the numerous luxurious and entertainment facilities in Auckland, breathtaking beaches, spectacular landscapes, and mild climate, it is really a perfect place any traveler would want to explore.
How to get there
Auckland’s airport is the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand, thus, making Auckland a very accessible place. It is well-connected to other countries’ airports so flights to Auckland and flights to New Zealand are almost limitless. This is good news for travelers as traveling to Auckland is so easy! You may click here to check the best flight deals on your next trip to Auckland.
To visit Auckland, Visa may be required for some. Here is the summary of the Visa Policy of New Zealand.
Do not need a Visa to Visit New Zealand:
- A New Zealand citizen or resident
- An Australian citizen or resident
- A UK citizen and/or passport holder (up to six months of stay)
- A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand (up to three months of stay).
Click here to see the full Visa Policy of New Zealand.
Currency, ATMs, etc
New Zealand’s currency is New Zealand Dollars (NZD). 1 USD = 1.48 NZD. Click here to know the exchange rate real time.
ATMs are available everywhere in Auckland especially in airports and terminals, so you don’t need to worry finding an ATM to withdraw from your card. Additionally, Auckland’s establishments usually accept major international debit and credit cards.
Is it safe to travel in Auckland? Yes, it is! We just want everyone to travel smart and cautious. Avoid getting out at night and going to dark, quiet places! Always be mindful of your surroundings. 🙂
Weather and Best Time to Go
Auckland, or whole New Zealand’s climate is considered to be subtropical, meaning summers (from December to February) are warm and humid while winters (from June to August) are mild and damp. If you will ask us, we prefer to visit New Zealand during summer as you will experience the perfect weather to go outside and explore its beauty!
Oh, you can also visit during the months of March to May (Fall) to experience the gorgeous autumn of Auckland and avoiding the crowd of tourists visiting the famous spots, or the months of September to November for a relaxing spring! You’ll surely love this weather for a beautiful day at the lake and islands.
Just a reminder though that weather in Auckland can change from time to time so it’s good to prepare for all seasons in one day than to come unprepared! You may click here for real time weather updates in Auckland.
1. Auckland Museum
Lose track of time in Auckland Museum! This is one of the most famous museums not just in Auckland but in whole New Zealand. It has interactive exhibitions and displays that for sure let you learn a lot about New Zealand.
2. Maritime Museum
Since New Zealand is surrounded by the vast ocean, it really is the best friend of the sea! In this museum in Auckland, learn a lot about this relationship of the country to the ocean, know their maritime history and enjoy the cruise. You will also witness the best views of the city when you cruise up to the Harbour Bridge.
3. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
This museum-type art gallery is a must-visit place for art lovers. You will surely lose track of time seeing 16,000 historic, modern and contemporary art pieces- surely the best arts in Auckland!
4. Best ice cream in the world – Giapo Ice Cream
Did you know that people of New Zealand are passionate about good ice cream? They treat their ice cream not just food but also an art. When you visit New Zealand, do not ever forget to try the most incredible ice cream in the world! Giapo Ice Cream!
If you like ice cream like i do, Giapo is something truly unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Be impressed by incredible icy sculptures ( a colossal squid ice cream anyone?) and unbelievable delicious frankestein food like the delicious Yorkshire pudding or the hot chips in a cone.
Giapo takes dessert to a whole new level. What I genuinely like about Giapo is that they are doing things out of the box and with courage.This is much more than your typical ice cream shop with many different and creative flavours.
From way you choose your ice cream, the way the customer service interact with you, the kitchen prepares each and every order, the detailed presentation of each ice cream, not to mention the wow factor of Giapo’s flagship creations, it’s a serendipity of nice surprises about what ice cream can be. It’s no exaggeration to say this will be the greatest ice cream you’ll have, anywhere in the world
So if you want a world-class dessert that you will not forget for the next 50 years.. look for Giapo Ice Cream and change the way you think about desserts!
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5. Fresh and tasty seafood
Auckland has over 14,000 of coastline, giving them abundant harvest of fresh seafood. Some seafood you should try in Auckland are crayfish, bluff oysters, green-lipped mussels, whitebait, Pāua (abalone), scallops, salmon and snappers.