Auckland, New Zealand

Location:

The ships dock at Princes Wharf, within walking distance of downtown. A Tourist Information Office is located at the end of Princes Wharf in the Viaduct Basin, about a 400-yard walk from the ship. Taxis are generally available pier side.

 

Queens Wharf, where a new terminal is scheduled to be built soon.

 

The city’s main shopping district is about a 10-minute walk.

Sightseeing:

Auckland’s waterside location has fostered the locals’ love affair with the sea, earning this place the nickname “City of Sails”.

Auckland’s heart beats to a Polynesian rhythm, its people a melting pot of South Pacific and Asian cultures and a strong indigenous Maori heritage. This diversity brings with it an abundance of unique dining and shopping experiences.

Auckland’s temperate climate, easy access to the coast and variety of activities earn the city consistent top five rankings in international lifestyle surveys.

 

You can take a walk through the city with a guide from the local iwi (tribe), visit the Auckland Museum, or wander through the weekend markets at Otara and Avondale for the flavors, sounds and sights of the South Pacific.

 

The city’s most striking man-made structure is the harbor Bridge. It arcs dramatically across Waitemata harbor, linking the city with the fast-growing North Shore. Auckland, with its cosmopolitan flair, offers excellent dining opportunities to satisfy the most refined tastes.

Tours/Excursions/Transportation:

 

The free City Circuit bus is a red, hybrid electric public transport option. Each bus has 30 passenger seats and has low floor access and wide entry/exit doors. The bus travels along Queen Street down to Britomart on the waterfront, to Albert Park, Symonds Street and along Wellesley Street to the Sky Tower. The City Circuit operates seven days a week, every ten minutes between the hours of 8am to 6pm

 

Catch a ferry to Waiheke Island – there are some nice areas to walk there.

Nearby Places:

Auckland sprawls over a narrow isthmus between the sparkling waters of the Waitemata and Manukau Harbors. A cloak of rain forest covers the surrounding hills, dozens of dormant volcanic cones dot the landscape and enchanting holiday islands are scattered throughout the vast Hauraki Gulf. Two of the best island getaways are Waiheke Island and Great Barrier Island.

Shopping and Food:

From 10am to 10pm daily, the DFS Galleria Customhouse is the place for duty-free and tax-free shopping. The Parnell and Ponsonby areas will have unique boutiques as well as antiques. And for something native, try the Tongan Church on Saturday mornings for superb bark cloth at good prices.

Auckland’s recent popularity as an international education destination has seen an explosion of ethnic shops, especially Asian-style eateries.

Currency:

The New Zealand dollar is used in New Zealand. A few traders do accept foreign currency, particularly in tourist destinations. The conversion from US dollars to NZ dollars is approximately US$1=NZD1.30.

Automatic teller machines (ATMs), locally known as ‘the hole in the wall’, are available in just about every town.

Communication:

English, Maori and New Zealand Sign Language are the official languages of New Zealand. English is universal, and is written with Commonwealth (“British”) spelling.

The emergency telephone number in New Zealand is 111.

There is plenty of free WiFi services downtown.

Opening Hours and Holidays:

On Christmas day, Easter Sunday and Anzac day morning (25th April) all but a few “essential businesses” must be closed.

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