Welcome to Auckland

A short history of Auckland

Auckland, located in New Zealand, has a fascinating history that dates back to the arrival of the Māori people around 1350. The area was originally named Tāmaki Makaurau, meaning "desired by many," due to its fertile land and abundant resources. European settlers arrived in the early 19th century, and the city quickly grew into a bustling port and commercial center. Today, Auckland is known for its diverse culture, stunning landscapes, and vibrant city life.

FAQ for Auckland

  1. What is the best way to get there?

    The best way to reach Auckland is by flying into Auckland Airport, which is well-connected to major cities around the world.

  2. What is Auckland famous for?

    Auckland is famous for its stunning natural beauty, including its picturesque harbors, volcanic cones, and beautiful beaches. It is also known for its vibrant arts and culture scene, delicious cuisine, and adventurous outdoor activities.

  3. What are five interesting facts about Auckland?

    • Auckland is built on 53 dormant volcanic cones.
    • The city has the highest Polynesian population in the world.
    • The Sky Tower in Auckland is the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere.
    • Auckland has more boats per capita than any other city in the world.
    • The city hosted the America's Cup sailing regatta in 2000 and 2003.
  4. How did Auckland get its name?

    Auckland was named after George Eden, the first Earl of Auckland, who was the British Secretary of State for the Colonies at the time.

  5. What are some travel tips for Auckland?

    • Make sure to explore the city's stunning waterfront and enjoy a ferry ride to the nearby islands.
    • Try the local delicacies, such as seafood and Māori hangi.
    • Don't forget to bring comfortable walking shoes, as there are many scenic trails and parks to explore.
    • Check the weather forecast and pack accordingly, as Auckland's climate can be changeable.
  6. Do I need a visa?

    Visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. It is recommended to check with the New Zealand immigration authorities or your local embassy for the most up-to-date information.

  7. When is the best time to visit Auckland?

    The best time to visit Auckland is during the summer months of December to February when the weather is warm and pleasant. However, Auckland's mild climate makes it a great destination year-round.

  8. Are there local customs I should know for i.e. Drinking, Greetings, Public transit?

    In New Zealand, it is customary to greet people with a handshake or a hongi (traditional Māori greeting). When using public transit, it is polite to give up your seat to elderly or disabled passengers. The legal drinking age in New Zealand is 18 years old.

  9. What is the time zone for Auckland?

    Auckland operates on New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is UTC+12 during standard time and UTC+13 during daylight saving time.

  10. What are the voltage/plug types?

    The voltage in New Zealand is 230V, and the plug type is type I, which has three flat pins.

  11. What is the currency?

    The currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD).

  12. Are ATMs readily accessible?

    Yes, ATMs are readily accessible throughout Auckland, and most major credit and debit cards are accepted.

  13. Are credit cards widely accepted in Auckland?

    Yes, credit cards are widely accepted in Auckland, including Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.

  14. Can you use ApplePay and Google Pay?

    Yes, ApplePay and Google Pay are accepted at many retailers and establishments in Auckland.

  15. How much do I tip in Restaurants/bars, Hotels, Taxis, Tour guides etc.?

    Tipping is not customary in New Zealand, but it is appreciated for exceptional service. If you choose to tip, a 10% tip is considered generous.

Accommodation in Auckland

City Information for Auckland

Founded Population Elevation
1840 1,570,100 Sea level to 196 meters

Average temperatures for Auckland

Season/Month Temperature (Celsius) Temperature (Fahrenheit)
Summer (December - February) 20-25°C 68-77°F
Autumn (March - May) 15-20°C 59-68°F
Winter (June - August) 10-15°C 50-59°F
Spring (September - November) 15-20°C 59-68°F
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