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Auckland is a major city in New Zealand, located in the north of New Zealand’s North Island.

With interesting sights like Auckland Domain-the city’s oldest park that is based around an extinct volcano- it is a place that have many intrigued.

Auckland is surrounded by dense tracts of rainforests, thermal springs, wineries and wildlife reserves making it one of the top cities in the world.

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Why visit Auckland

  • Enjoy the day at Waiheke Island, with its warm weather, sandy white beaches, traditional art, cuisine and an island lifestyle that would make anyone want to stay longer.
  • Visit one of the most essential Auckland landmarks, otherwise known as Rangitoto Island, this graceful volcanic cone is 600 years old with lava caves, shipwrecks and a spectacular crater rim.
  • Experience Auckland from up-above at the Sky Tower which is the tallest man-made structure in the Southern Hemisphere offering breathe-taking 360-degree views of this city.
New Zealand Dollar ($)
Time Zone:
(GMT+12) Auckland is 10 hours ahead of South Africa
Dialing Code:
00 + 64 + Local Number
Drives on the left
Type I (Frequency-50Hz: Voltage-230V)
Auckland Airport

The best time to visit Auckland would be in May which is the end of fall and in September which is the beginning of spring.

During this time the weather is pleasant and the crowds tend to be less over-powering.

The most spoken language in Auckland is English, Māori, and NZ Sign Language.

  • Auckland is the largest Polynesian city in the world with regards to the population.
  • Auckland is known as the ‘’City of Sails”.
  • This city is often ranked within the world’s top 20 most liveable cities in the world.

Auckland is a city that is sprawling with cultural and outdoor attractions that have been said to be some of the finest that the country has to offer.

The Manukau Harbour and Waitemata Harbour should be the first thing on every tourist’s to-do-list, with amazing sights of the city, and the great shopping and food spots, it is definitely worth the trip.

Auckland Art Gallery is also another must as it is one of the city’s most impressive cultural sites, and those who want to learn more about New Zealand will love this place.

Other amazing attractions in the city include:

  • Rainbow’s End
  • One Tree Hill
  • Auckland Hill
  • Aotea Square
  • Lake Pupuke

This bustling city serves up an amazing variety of tantalising cuisine from around the world.

Due to the city’s diversity there are plenty of things that make this a foodie destination with cuisine that caters to all tastes and cravings.

The best restaurants to try out in this city include:

  • One Tree Grill
  • The French Café
  • The Grove
  • Clooney
  • Eight

New Zealand is a secular country where religion finds a place in many cultural traditions.

The majority of individuals in New Zealand declared an affiliation to Christianity.

Over the years New Zealand has become such a diverse place with other religion affiliations like Hindu, Buddhist, and Islam increasing.

One of the things that many people treasure most about the visit is the people, who are extremely friendly and down-to-earth.

Auckland is generally a safe destination to visit.

Even though it might be a safe place, it is advised to remain vigilant at all times especially in certain areas like Karangahape Road, which is a busy place filled with a number of pubs and clubs it can become dangerous at night.

South African Passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Auckland, or anywhere else in New Zealand, for up to 90 days.

Just make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.

Address: Wellington. Level 7, State Insurance Building, 1 Willis Street, Wellington.

Telephone: + 64 4 815 8484


Item Cape Town Johannesburg Auckland
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 168.63
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 84.32
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 48.27
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 31.62
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 231.87

Auckland Airport - AKL

Food and beverages:Café Espresso and Long White Café

Currency Exchange:Travelex has 10 stores in the international and domestic terminals of Auckland Airport. They also offer online pre-purchased foreign exchange to save you time.

Lost luggage:Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Items lost or left at the airport itself can be reported to Airport Operations Reception in the Airport Operations building at the rear of the international terminal.

Car hire:Budget, Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, and Europcar.

Airport hotels:None on site, but there is a shuttle to the two nearby hotels, Best Western The Plaza and Ohana Honolulu Airport.

Airport hub:Auckland Airport (Code:AKL)is a hub for: Air New Zealand

The information on this page is correct as of August 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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