Auckland Travel Facts

The Basics

City Name: Auckland

Where is it located?: Auckland is located two-thirds of the way up New Zealand’s north island, on the west coast/Tasman Sea.

Why do people go there?: New Zealand’s largest city and it’s only claim to, um, nightlife. Gateway to New Zealand, especially the Bay of Islands. Home to the best shopping as well.

How do travelers get there?: Most flights to New Zealand stop in Auckland. The airport is about 12 miles outside of the city. For those who aren’t flying, buses are available, or a train from Wellington.

Currency: New Zealand Dollar

City Code: 9

Population: 1.6 million

Languages: English

Neighborhoods: Downtown, Mt. Albert, Hillsborough, Mount Wellington, Blockhouse Bay, Mission Bay, Three Kings, Howick

Travel Information

Attractions: Shopping, Nightlife, People

Accommodations: Auckland Hostels

Tourist Office: Sky City Atrium, Corner Federal & Victoria Street, Auckland, Phone: +64 9 979 2333, Fax: +64 9 363 7181, Postal: P.O Box 7048 Wellesley Street Auckland, Email:,

Tips for Visiting

When to go: February is a good time to sneak in if you can. There is great beach weather, and it’s past the hectic month of January, although anytime from December to March will get warmer temperatures.

City Specific Events: Summer is the best time to catch festivals of the musical, cultural and sport nature.

How to get around?: Bus, rail and ferries will get you around, but it’s nice to have a car too.

Good to know: Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, however, it is NOT its capital.

Cheapest airport to fly into: Auckland Airport can offer your cheaper flights to/from Auckland.

Need more information?: Check out the Auckland travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.