Auckland has a warm-temperate climate, with warm, humid summers and mild, damp winters.
Climate and Geography
Auckland has a warm-temperate climate, with warm, humid summers and mild, damp winters.
Suitable Visiting Seasons ( months):
Buses, trains and ferries make it easy and convenient to get around central Auckland.
√ Buses : - The Link bus connects Auckland city fringe suburbs with the central business district. There is also free environmentally-friendly, hybrid City Circuit buses that follow a route around the inner city. Buses run to all parts of the Auckland region from the Britomart transport centre, downtown.
√ Trains : - Trains run regularly to central, south and west Auckland suburbs from the Britomart rail station.
√ Ferries : - A number of regular passenger and vehicle ferries travel from Auckland City to various locations on the North Shore and Manukau, as well as many of Auckland's islands, including Waiheke and Great Barrier in the Hauraki Gulf.
√ Transport : - The tourists are given myriad options for exploring New Zealand on cars and motorbikes that suits all budgets and can give the best results.
√ Air : - Auckland's international and domestic airports are the number one transport hub in New Zealand. All of the world's major airlines frequent Auckland and there are several airlines serving domestic routes between Auckland and the rest of the country.
√ Water : - Arriving in Auckland by cruise ship is a spectacular way to greet New Zealand. Admire the many islands of the Hauraki Gulf and then sail through the sparkling Waitemata Harbour before disembarking in the cosmopolitan Auckland city centre.
√ Rail : - Travelling by rail is one of the most scenic ways to travel through New Zealand. A train network runs from Auckland through the North Island down to Wellington, the capital city. Along the way, the train passes through the central North Island ski towns of National Park and Ohakune, farmland, a volcanic plateau and stunning river gorges.
Auckland's major railway station is located at Britomart in downtown Auckland. Here, all the major bus, train and ferry public transport networks meet.
Things To Do
→ Whale and Dolphin Safari Cruise(Highlights)
√ The sea plays a perfect host with an opportunity to view dolphins and whales in over 90% and 75% of the trips respectively.
√ Get enchanted with the commentary and history of Hauraki Gulf.
√ Licensed bar and snacks counter available on board the cruise.
→ Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise
Feast on the exclusive seafood buffet and make the evening more special by taking a cruise to Auckland�s enchanting Waitemata harbour in the backdrop of the twinkling city lights. The evening kick starts with the Auckland Viaduct where the captain of the yacht will personally walk upto you and set sail to Westhaven Marina�s for an exquisite dinner. Post dinner activities include a cruise of the Waitemata Harbour. The tourist can either relax or can help the crew in sailing the yacht off the beautiful harbour.
→ Rainbow's End
With 23 acres of fun, rides, attractions and entertainment, New Zealand's top theme park is located in Manukau City, just minutes from Auckland International Airport and a short drive from downtown Auckland.
→ Auckland Zoo
Auckland Zoo has committed itself to improving the living quarters of New Zealand's largest collection of native and exotic animal species.
→ Piha Beach
Piha Beach, on the wild Tasman coast is famous for the Lion Rock vistas, black sand beaches, great surf and deadly rips. If you venture into the water, do so only between the lifeguard flags.
Best Places to Visit:
√ Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World
East of Hobson Bay, in the Orakei district is Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World, a popular tourist attraction since 1985. Visitors walk in long acrylic tunnels through huge tanks in which they can observe large numbers of fish of all sizes, including sharks and rays. There is a display devoted to the underwater explorations of Kelly Tarlton (1935-85). In Antarctic Encounter, a reconstructed research station with a small colony of penguins, visitors can experience within a Snow Cat the difficult conditions under which scientists work in Antarctica.
√ Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)
This museum, in the Western Springs district is devoted to the history of technology and transport in New Zealand. Its prize exhibits relate to the aviation pioneer Richard Pearse (1877-1953), who made his first flights about the same time as the Wright brothers. Other items include old coaches, railroad rolling stock, trams and vintage cars, collections of material on printing, photography and calculating machines. Between the museum and the nearby zoo runs an old-time tram.
√ Auckland Art Gallery
The Auckland Art Gallery, at the southeast corner of Albert Park, is a must. It houses the famous Gray Gallery, a surprisingly rich collection of old European and contemporary New Zealand art, including works by McCahon and Wollaston. The earliest New Zealand works date from the time of Captain Cook, some of whose companions painted remarkable views of different parts of New Zealand.
√ Auckland Museum and Institute (War Memorial Museum)
On the highest point in the Domain is the imposing War Memorial Museum. From the steps in front of the museum there are magnificent views over the city center and Waitemata Harbour. The War Memorial Hall commemorates the dead from all the wars in which New Zealand soldiers fought. The museum itself contains rich collections of material on the natural and cultural history of the south Pacific and the history of the city of Auckland.
√ Hauraki Gulf Islands
There are boat trips to some of the islands in the Hauraki Gulf, particularly Rangitoto, Waikehe and Pakatoa.
Activities:There's no shortage of activities when it comes to Auckland. From sailing in the harbour to bungy jumping off the Auckland Harbour Bridge, horse-riding along a white sand beach or playing a round of golf on a scenic peninsula - Auckland has it all. It's not hard to see why Auckland is regularly named as one of the best lifestyle cities in the world.
Shopping and Entertainment
Auckland's stylish heart is the home of many of New Zealand's top fashion designers. The block around High Street, the Chancery and Vulcan Lane hosts the boutiques of Karen Walker, Workshop, Zambesi and World, plus dozens of other designers.
The inner city suburbs of Ponsonby, Parnell and Newmarket are also well known for their fashion shopping. Auckland is also a good place to shop for unique arts and crafts, and Pacific Island themed treasures.
Large malls and outlet stores like St Lukes, Albany Westfield, Sylvia Park, Dress-Smart and Botany Downs are spread throughout the suburbs. There are also several markets that are a magnet for bargain hunters seeking fresh food, arts and crafts, clothing and second hand goods.
Auckland is a happening place with the most vibrant theatre, arts and club scene in the country.
→ With a million residents to entertain and even more overseas visitors arriving each year, Auckland has a great diversity of nightlife. It reaches a climax on Friday and Saturday nights when the most popular venues are overflowing with revelers. Cafes, restaurants and bars often serve food and drink all through the night with music and dancing round the clock. Some of the hottest venues can be found along the entertainment strip known as KRd at the top of Queen Street. There are Irish pubs, Latin rhythm and jazz groups. Top Kiwi musos and overseas bands often perform gigs here. Ponsonby Road and Jervois Road continue on from KRd, extending the clubbing strip. The Downtown area and the waterfront have live jazz in late-night trendy bars and there are regular performances of fully plugged bands.
→ Auckland's theatre scene is concentrated on KRd, the Civic Theatre, Town Hall, Sky City Theatre and Aotea Centre. The Aotea Centre is a world class venue for theatre, classical music, opera and ballet. There are several performances each year by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonic. On any night of the week the city can usually offer visitors a choice of entertainment including plays, comedy, dance troupe, opera or ballet.
→ Cinemas are centered on Queen Street and suburban multicomplexes. In July each year an International Film Festival features a wide range of foreign movies.
Auckland will tempt your tastebuds with locally grown produce, seafood from its abundant harbors and award-winning wines to match. Many of the region's restaurants have perfected 'Pacific Rim' cuisine, fusing Pacific and Asian flavors.
Auckland is also home to some of the country's oldest established vineyards and is well known for its chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon wines. The region's vineyards are clustered in five distinct areas Waiheke Island, west Auckland, northwest Auckland, north Auckland (around Matakana) and the Clevedon Valley.
Purakaunui Falls, South Island.
The Purakaunui Falls are a vision of beauty in Otago on the East Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.
The water cascades down the tiers of rock ledges and creates a picturesque scene in Otago on the South Island of New Zealand. The autumn leaves that have fallen from the trees above, float down the Purakaunui Falls which adds a colorful display to the already stunning area.
These falls are situated in a very quiet area amongst beautiful greenery that grows to its fulles... read more
Kitekite Falls is a scenic 3-tiered waterfall dropping a total of 40m. Found near Piha Beach not far from Auckland, it is a popular attraction yet surprisingly well kept and unspoiled. This is probably because the Waitakere Ranges themselves provides a natural barrier that prevents urban sprawl from overtaking the relatively undeveloped scenery.