Auckland, New Zealand
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Nature experiences abound in this city surrounded by harbors and rain forest. Go island hopping, dine out on the water or peer into the crater of a volcano.
Auckland is as much a gateway to a natural playground as it is an urban paradise, with museums, shopping and fine dining. The biggest city on New Zealand’s North Island has coast on one side and mountains on the other. Manukau Harbour is to the southwest, the Hauraki Gulf and its islands to the east, and the rain forest-covered Waitakere Ranges to the west. Take the glass elevator at the Sky Tower in downtown Auckland for a spectacular view of the cityscape, mountains and harbor from a height of 722 feet (220 meters).
Auckland is built on and around several extinct volcanoes. The suburb of Mount Eden is built on the side of a cinder-cone volcano. Climb to the top to look into the 164-foot (50-meter) deep crater. The gardens in Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, flourish in the volcanic soil and natural springs of the Pukekawa volcano. Learn about Auckland’s natural history, the culture of the Maori people, and local art and crafts in the Auckland War Memorial Museum, which is located on the highest point of the Domain.
The North Island has it all, from rafting to restaurants, from sailing to shopping, from beaches to biking to bungee jumping. Visit geothermal wonders such as the brilliantly colored Champagne Pool at Waiotapu, or the Whaka Thermal Reserve, where twin geysers erupt to heights of 20 to 30 yards
With year round temperate whether, New Zealand can be hot during the summer (December to February). With the rainfall at its heaviest in January and February. Ski season runs from June to October on New Zealand’s South Island.Flight Times to Auckland
- 12 hours from Los Angeles
- 14 hours from New York
Many travelers begin their North Island vacation in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. Built around volcanoes, this cosmopolitan city offers fine dining, lively nightlife, and numerous parks. At the northern tip of the island, Ninety Mile Beach beckons beachgoers with a seemingly endless stretch of sandy beach. And for wine enthusiasts, a visit to award-winning wineries in Hawke's Bay is a must.Must-see sights
- The brilliantly colored Champagne Pool at Waiotapu
- The Whaka Thermal Reserve
- Hawke's Bay wine country
- Fishing, sailing, guided walks, and bungee jumping.
- Delight in a jaunt by jet boat
- Take a stroll or sun yourself on Ninety Mile Beach.
We can arrange convenient transportation options to make your New Zealand vacation more enjoyable. Transfers to hotels from the airport are available. Island resorts are accessible by boat, helicopter, and seaplane, and in many locations, getting there – whether by four-wheel-drive vehicle, train, or guided tour – is part of the excitementCurrency The official currency is the New Zealand dollar.
- Although credit cards and ATMs are readily available it is a good idea to exchange some money for smaller purchases.
- Visitors can exchange money at the airport upon arrival.
- Exchange rates vary by economic seasonality.
- Commonly accepted credit cards are American Express, Bankcard, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, and Visa.
- New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere and is located across the international date line.
- New Zealand is 17 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
- A passport is required when traveling outside of your country. If any passenger carries anything other than a Passport supplied by your home country, please contact the Consulate of the country(s) you are visiting to verify document requirements. If you do not have appropriate documentation, you will be denied entry. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your return trip for international travel.