Auckland travel guide

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You're Going to Love Auckland

Known as the 'city of sails', Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and one of its most striking. The North Island metropolis is blessed with a spectacular waterfront, a magnificent skyline, and more beaches than many of the country's coastal resorts.

It's also a family-friendly destination with attractions such as Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, where you can see the world's biggest Antarctic penguin colony. Or plan a day trip to Hobbiton, the stunning film set from the Lord of the Rings movies, just a few hours away.

Auckland has dozens of unique places for you to discover, from the pristine beaches of Waiheke Island to Auckland Domain, an extinct volcanic crater that is the city's oldest park. Visit the elegant suburbs of Ponsonby and Newmarket or learn more about the city's history at the Auckland Museum in Parnell or New Zealand Maritime Museum on the waterfront.

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When to Visit Auckland

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Peak season runs from November to March and the city is busy in summer as people flock to the beaches, parks, and waterfront. Albert Park is a riot of light and color for Auckland Lantern Festival and the Chinese New Year celebrations early in the year, while Auckland Pride attracts thousands of visitors in February. Choose the shoulder months of May and September when it's still quite warm for more attractive hotel rates and fewer crowds, or visit in winter from May to July for whale watching and shopping.

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How to Get to Auckland

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Where to Stay in Auckland

Basic hotels include City Garden Lodge and Kiwi International Hotel. Families may prefer mid-range hotels like Best Western Newmarket Inn & Suites, the Langham, or Stamford Plaza Auckland. For a truly memorable vacation, try the landmark SkyCity Grand or splash out with a room at Delamore Lodge on magical Waiheke Island.

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Shopping Streets

Fashionistas will love O'Connell Street and High Street where you'll find New Zealand designer Karen Walker alongside major international brands. Parnell is home to lots of unusual stores selling local arts and crafts while Ponsonby Road Market is a treasure trove of handmade jewelry, clothing, collectibles, and antiques.

Groceries and Other

Countdown is New Zealand's leading supermarket and there are lots of branches in Auckland where you can pick up food and everyday items. Other supermarkets include Scarecrow and New World Metro or try Nosh Food Market for gourmet foods and drinks. Expect to pay NZ$7 for a dozen eggs and NZ$1.90 for a quart of full milk.

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Where to Eat in Auckland

Kiwi cuisine means fresh, locally sourced ingredients like seafood and lamb. Try Depot Eatery in the Britomart precinct for bluff oysters and green-lipped mussels, or eat at Everybody's Bar and Bistro, which is in a 200-year-old cinema complete with plush seating booths. Cafe Hanoi is great for casual meals, or you can dine on the best local fare at Sidart Restaurant. Don't forget dessert; local favorites include hokey pokey, a mix of vanilla ice cream and honeycomb pieces and Pavlova. A basic lunch in the CBD is NZ$18, while dinner for two with drinks and dessert in an upscale restaurant is NZ$130.