Explore The Iconic City Of Auckland
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Auckland Travel Guide
Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand has a population of about 1.4 million. The city has made its place among the top five cities according to a survey which was carried out by the international lifestyle. The city is very popular and loved by all as one of the best holiday destinations due to the subtropical weather here. The city of Auckland is covered with plush greenery and vegetation and is easily accessible. There are a number of adventure activities which every adventure seeker and thrill lover can engage in and spend the best time of his life while on an Auckland tour. It is no wonder than tourism in Auckland is flourishing at a faster rate. The pleasant climate, mountain trails, adventure activities and much more have contributed to the growing tourism.
History of Auckland
The M?ori people in the region have inhabited the area about 20,000 before the Europeans set foot in the country. In the 19th century, the city was a strong base to boost local economy and infrastructure for English settlers. The city expanded rapidly due to trams and railway lines in the early 20th century. Today it remains a major center for New Zealand’s trade and entertainment industry.
Famous Food in Auckland
With the help of an Auckland city guide, one can spot the Malaysian gem Sri Pinang and Thai diner Pok Pok on K’Road, the Better Burger chain outlets in different locations, Freeman & Grey inPonsonby, the Korean delight Bannsang and Mexican Café in Auckland City.
Major festivals in Auckland
Pasifika Festival in October celebrates the authentic Polynesian people and their culture as it was before colonialism took over. Lantern Festival and the Chinese New year also paint the city quite colourful. Other than that, the Big Day Out in January, Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta, Hero Festival for the LGBT community, Wine and Food Festival and the International Boat Show are some of the others.
Auckland is also the biggest Polynesian city in the world and comprises over 190 varied ethnicities. The city is majorly populated with Europeans and the other tribes which reside here are the Maoris, Asians and Pacific Island crowd. Auckland tourism makes one witness the diverse culture present in this beautiful city. The place has a wide array of delectable dishes, art, design, craft, superb restaurants, cafes, shopping streets, and nightclubs where you can spend some relaxing time with your gang.
Here are some of the destinations in Auckland which you must surely visit while on a tour to Auckland.
Auckland has some trendy suburbs and you need to visit them. Travel the length on the second largest road bridge in New Zealand, the Harbour Bridge and return via the Viaduct Harbour Bridge. There is a new waterfront and urban community area, the Wynyard Quarters. Visit the city center hub and feel the bustling crowd present at the CBD area of Queen Street. Make time to visit the Auckland Museum, Tamaki Paenga Hira where you can witness the wonderful Maori and Polynesian treasures and vivid collections.
Shopping in Auckland is extremely fun. It is the best therapy any person requires. The shopping malls and places to shop in Auckland are full of various stores and shops selling the best products and stuffs which is sure to tempt you into buying all of it. These shops comprise everything you can ever wish for. They are full of fashionable clothing and apparels. The footwear and bag collection here is sure to make you go crazy. You will love the premium quality cosmetics and the mind blowing accessories which this place has in store for you.
If you are a brand conscious person then you can head to High Street near Albert Park to shop from the various luxury designer labels such as Moochi, Workshop, Mi Piaci, tk Store, The Vault and Ruby present there. If you want to buy more by splurging less money then there are various flea markets and street markets selling wonderful products which you can purchase at minimal prices. Many shopping destinations in Auckland comprise fashionable cafes and restaurants as well where you can sit, relax and gorge on some amazing and delectable dishes after a tiring day at shopping. The stylish Britomart in Auckland is the best place for grabbing some refreshing drinks and munching on a gourmet dinner after an amazing shopping experience in Auckland.
New Zealand is never sleeping not even during the night hours. The beautiful city of Auckland in New Zealand comprises some rocking night clubs and bars where you can head to for spending a totally happening night. The nightclubs and bars in Auckland are full of crowd at all times and the DJs here play some of the coolest music. The music played by them is sure to set you grooving and swaying away. Grab some of the best cocktail mixes and breweries served here at the bars in Auckland and make way for some drunken dancing.
Many of these nightclubs are also situated on the Harbour Bridge which gives you a clear and panoramic night view of Auckland city which is sure to leave you in awe. Many backpacker bars here serve drinks and food at discounted prices attracting a huge crowd. The bars here are always lively and vibrant and host various events occasionally such as comedy nights, quizzes, live concerts, and live bands. Do engage yourself in some of these happening night places such as The Eagle Bar, Face Club, Studio The Venue, Bar 101 Auckland, Bungalow 8, Impala, Corner Bar and many others. These nightlife destinations in Auckland are sure to leave you with some amazing memories of your Auckland tour.
People & Culture of Auckland
It is essential to know about the people and culture of a country before a visit. If you wish to interact with the locals, it is advisable to know about their culture and traditions. New Zealand is a charming country and the people of New Zealand are warm and friendly. The people of New Zealand are fondly known as Kiwis. They take immense pride in their culture and heritage. During the initial Colonization era in New Zealand, the Maori people seem to be fond of Pakeha culture. They converted to Christianity and gradually learned to teach themselves reading and writing. In the modern times, Kiwis are considered one of the most sophisticated and educated people. They have embraced a multicultural society in the present times and remain true to their language and traditions.
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Places To Visit In Auckland
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Auckland Zoo In Auckland
The Auckland Zoo is a zoological garden which is standing in 40 acres of land in Auckland, New Zealand. It was opened on 17th December 1922 and did suffer many difficulties with health issues of animals in it, the same and some following years. A zoological society was formed by 1930 as by this time the zoo had collected a ...
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Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium In Auckland
Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium is a famous public aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand. Formerly known as Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World, it was opened in the year 1985 and has gained immense popularity since then. This is the only project which involved conveyor belts for slowly moving visitors from one viewing place to ...
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Sky Tower Auckland In Auckland
This tower is telecommunications and observation tower which is located at the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets in the Auckland BD, Auckland, New Zealand. The height of this tower is 1,076 ft, and that is what makes this tower the tallest structure standing in the southern hemisphere. Due to its unique design and heig...
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SkyCity Auckland In Auckland
SkyCity casino in Auckland is a casino and an event center which is located in the central business district of Auckland. It is in between of the Federal and Victoria streets, which is at the base of the Auckland’s Sky Tower. It is the only casino in Auckland and second in New Zealand. It opened on 2nd February 1990 and is ...
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Waiheke Island In Auckland
It is the second largest and most populated island of New Zealand. It is in the Hauraki Gulf and covers an area of 21.5 km. Near about 3400 people have built their holiday homes on this island and 9250 people reside here permanently. Waiheke Island in Auckland is a beautiful haven of ethereal vineyards, olive groves, and be...
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Things To Do In Auckland
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Piha Beach In Auckland
Tired of your busy schedule? Fed up of those beach trips to Goa and Gokarna? Fear no more as you now have a new place to visit. It might be an international one, but it will definitely be worth a visit due to its grandeur and decoration. Piha Beach in Auckland to the rescue, has qualities just like its name, it is very sere...
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Shopping In Queens Street In Auckland
Australia is one of the hotspots of tourism these days, being known as one of the world’s leading most visited places. Its neighbour, New Zealand is not far off behind as many Indians tend to go there, either on a temporary visit or to settle there permanently, either for education or work. New Zealand is known for its heri...
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How to Go to Auckland
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There are no direct nonstop flights to Auckland from India. But there are multiple connecting ones that you can avail. One of the best India to Auckland flights is flown by Thai Airlines from Delhi, which takes around 16 hours 35 minutes to reach via Bangkok. Malaysia Airlines does it in 17 hours 50 minutes via Kuala Lumpur and Singapore Airlines takes 19 hours 20 minutes via Singapore. These three names are the most frequent carriers. Others are Qantas, Air India, jet Airways and air New Zealand, but they mostly operate jointly with another airline. India to Auckland flight time from Mumbai is actually even lesser – 16 hours 15 minutes is the best time provided by Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand together. From Chennai, it is 16 hours 30 minutes by Singapore Airlines and Emirates.
Auckland has a very efficient underground railway network operated by Auckland Transport. It has four lines – eastern, southern, western and the Onehunga line, which serve all around Auckland. From India, there are no railway links directly to Auckland for the same reason there is no roadway. But once you land in Auckland, this railway system will be at your service.
Auckland roadways are very well-maintained and the transportation systems are ideal for local tourism. Britomart is the central hub for all the major transportations, including bus and ferry. Different carriers like SkyBus, Northern Busway, CityLink and InnerLink Bus all have their hubs here at Britomart. Across Britomart Station, there is the Auckland Ferry Terminal as well. However, there are no roadways to go from India to Auckland directly, for the obvious reason that New Zealand is an island country.
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Trip to AucklandWe would like here to take a moment and appreciate Mr. Rohit Thakur and his team for the efforts they have put in organising a trip for us that will be cherished forever. Our’s was a 12 day 11 night trip to Europe covering Paris and Italy. The trip was very well organised and planned. We had received all the vouchers and details well in advance. Hub holiday team was easily accessible when in need. Looking forward to future trips with traveltriangle.
Trip to AucklandVery well planned and good support from pick your trail and travel triangle.
Trip to AucklandThe support from Kusum and her team was great. Right from the hotel / flight vouchers, intra city travel to visa assistance and forex, everything was smooth. They were always available throughout and were giving us daily updates on our itinerary. The only thing I felt could have been slightly better is the itinerary. While it was a short trip of 7 days to Zurich, Salzburg and Prague; few things in the itinerary were jam packed and were not feasible to do. Otherwise no complaints, was very happy with Centaur vacations. One word of caution to fellow travellers to Europe, it was hot and sultry in europe and the hotels don't have ACs there so please book accordingly.
Trip to AucklandWe recently visited Switzerland and Austria through Travel Triangle for our honeymoon. Rohit from HubHolidays (one of the agent of Travel Triangle) designed our itinerary. To begin with i would say i was little skeptical going with Travel Triangle as this was my first trip with them and none of my acquaintance had gone with them. However our trip went smoothly thanks to Rohit who was there to help us at any time, be it day/night. All the hotels and sightseeing tickets were handed over to us well in advance which helped us to understand how we will be moving from one place to other. We lost our 1 day because of the airline problem but Rohit and Prashant helped us cover our entire itinerary despite loss of one valuable day. All in all i would say everything was crafted to perfection be it the itinerary or the hotel rooms or the sightseeing. We were delighted as all the things which were promised at the time of booking the tour were delivered. Once again heartfelt thanks to Rohit for all the support extended. Regards Abhijit and Apurva
Trip to AucklandThe trip was great. New Zealand a must place to visit. Experience with travel triangle was not great. Basically they work as a intermediary with travel agent and only to bring them on a platform. Don't expect any follow up or support from TT in case of concerns or delays, you need to separately follow up with agent. My personal experience was not good with TT, I never received a call to update status of anything right from booking of trip to issuance of Visa or ticket and I had to call them for all updates. Also, you would need to give them multiple reminder calls. South Island is the place to be. We enjoyed it the most
Trip to AucklandThe overall trip was good, it was well planned by the tour operator, all the documents for trip were given to us which made us little relax during trip, best part was these people were always in touch with us during the trip, few hotels given to us were really awesome but at few places, it could have been slightly better, it was a great memory for us, really Happy. best memories will be Jungfrau in Switzerland and sunset in Santorini
Trip to AucklandI would like to thank the team of HubHoliday ,Mr.Amit Rana in particular and Mr.Vikas as well, for making our honeymoon trip a wonderful memory for the lifetime.The itinerary was perfect to cover both North and South Island highlights in 10days and was also a mix of romantic & adventure getaways.The best memories of the trip are as follows: -Kaituna river rafting -Hobbiton set -Tranz Alpine train from Greymouth to Christchurch -Self drive -Milford sound cruise However,I would like HubHoliday to consider the following points as well in order to improve upon the package offered : - The package cost can be revised as I felt after the trip was over that if I had booked all the hotels/flights/activities/transfers given by HubHoliday all by myself,the package cost would come around 3.25/3.5lakhs in total for 2 persons instead of 4 lakhs - the breakup being : Flights international/domestic and visa : around 1.25 lakhs , car in both islands : 15000 ,hotels : around75000 ,activities :around 1lakh . - The hotel in Christchurch should have been better:room was too clumsy for 2 people Anyways,I would definitely go with the friendly HubHoliday team in near future as well given the interest shown by them to improve further once I gave my feedback to them on the package cost. Regards Bhargav -Kaituna river rafting -Hobbiton set -Tranz Alpine train from Greymouth to Christchurch -Self drive -Milford sound cruise
Trip to AucklandTravel triangle provided a great deal and an amazing package to NewZealand for 9 days. It was customisable as per my wish and everything was taken care of till we landed. I'd like to thank Mr. Vikram from memorable vacations who helped me get through this as well as Mr. Sharan and Miss Pooja from pacific holidays who took us through when we were in New zealand. We will look forward to planning more trips with you.
Trip to Aucklandby and large tour was excellent. few misses: in spite of repeated reminders information about vegetarian meal did not reach to airline. they said we have no information. some of the information provided ,were not confirmed at newzealand end,still they gave. wrong info given.we had a hardships.
Trip to AucklandBest trip ever. Travel triangle helped in searching good resort for us. Aastha travel agent helped and made our travel planning. I will again plan my next trip with travel traingle
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FAQ's of Auckland
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Yes you can take your pets but they need to be Quarantined before they can board the flight.
There are plenty of beaches in Auckland that offer excellent recreational options for travellers. Some of the most famous beaches are Piha beach, Orewa beach, and Kare Kare beach.
Yes, a lot of restaurants have separate options for vegan and lactose intolerant people.You can find excellent food items from all over the world in Auckland. The cuisines include Japanese, Chinese, India, Mexican, Thai, Italian and many more.being the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland enjoys an excellent public transportation system, comprising of buses, trains, trams and taxis.
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