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About Auckland

Auckland is the ultra-cosmopolitan capital city of New Zealand. Home to 1,495,000 residents, it contains a diverse and vibrant population of locals and expats. The city’s melting-pot of nationalities has crafted a unique collection of cultural celebrations, festivals and food. Iconic attractions include Auckland Harbour Bridge, Mount Eden, Auckland War Memorial Museum and Sky Tower.

Cheap flights to Auckland are now available for a limited period of time, so prepare to be delighted by this city! Auckland is home to Auckland Airport (AKL), located 25 minutes from the city centre by car. Auckland Airport serves a multitude of airlines – including Qantas and Air New Zealand. Popular flights to Auckland depart from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Auckland is approximately 16 hours and 25 minutes.

Popular flights to Auckland

Flight Route Airline Trip Type Travel Dates Searched Price from
Johannesburg - Auckland Cathay Pacific Return Nov 22 - Dec 5 0 days ago R12,669.00
Cape Town - Auckland Emirates Return Dec 4 - Jan 15 1 day ago R15,839.00
Durban - Auckland Qantas Return Nov 10 - Nov 17 1 day ago R14,589.00
East London - Auckland Qatar Return Dec 5 - Mar 1 1 day ago R17,379.00
George - Auckland Qatar Return Nov 28 - Feb 27 1 day ago R17,369.00

Why visit Auckland

auckland waterfall

Nature

A nature enthusiast’s paradise, Auckland is surrounded by numerous national parks containing hiking and walking trails. An array of beaches provides the chance to swim, surf or do some tanning.

new zealand art culture

Art and Culture

In addition to numerous festivals, art and history aficionados are treated to an extensive selection of museums and art galleries. Learn more about the rich culture of the Kiwi people.

auckland city bridge

Sightseeing

Visit Auckland’s famous landmarks that give the city its unique character. Sights like the Sky Tower, offering visitors a 360 degree panoramic view of the city, are sure to impress.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country New Zealand
Currency New Zealand Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.10 NZD
Language English, Maori and New Zealand Sign Language
Hub Airport Auckland Airport (AKL)
Airline Air New Zealand
Time Zone GMT + 12
Travel Adaptor Type I (Frequency-50Hz: Voltage-230V)

Best time to visit Auckland

Summer months (November through March) are peak tourist season, attracting countless visitors, and outdoor activities are extremely popular. Enjoy a hike in a local park and then cool off at Takapuna or Cheltenham Beach. Winter months are from May to September, with the winter weather being mild and wet. Due to the off-peak season, rates and accommodation are usually better priced. Take advantage of the fantastic deals offered and explore museums, cultural centres, restaurants and shops.

Weather & Climate in Auckland

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 16°C 16°C 15°C 13°C 11°C 9°C 8°C 8°C 10°C 11°C 13°C 15°C
High °C 23°C 24°C 22°C 20°C 17°C 15°C 14°C 15°C 16°C 18°C 19°C 21°C
Rainfall (mm) 70 80 90 95 100 110 120 115 95 75 80 95

As the most culturally diverse city in New Zealand, Auckland has an established reputation for being friendly and welcoming to visitors. Auckland’s population is almost equally comprised of locals and expats. The city’s promotion of multiculturalism and acceptance has made it a hot spot for tourists seeking cultural enrichment. Festivals occur all year round, some of which include the Auckland Seafood Festival in January; the Auckland Lantern Festival in February (honouring the city’s Chinese community); and the New Zealand International Film Festival which takes place in July. Iconic landmarks like Mount Eden provide sweeping city views, and surrounding outdoor activities include nature walks, harbour sailing and surfing at the beach.

Visitors to New Zealand from visa waiver countries do not need to apply for a visa before visiting New Zealand, if they are visiting for 90 days or less. To find out if you apply for a visa waiver visit the New Zealand immigration website below: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/general-information/visa-waiver-countries

To apply for a visitor’s visa to New Zealand, the following documentation needs to be provided: • A completed visitor’s visa application form • Application fee payment • Other relevant documents to assist in your application

For more information please refer to the NZ immigration website.

New Zealand is generally a very safe country to visit with a low crime rate. It is, however, advised to not leave expensive equipment or accessories unattended in crowded areas which could attract pick-pockets or thieves. Take copies of important documents such as IDs and passports in the event that they get lost. Always remain aware of your surroundings, especially if travelling at night. Do not leave drinks unattended when visiting bars or clubs.

If, at any point, you feel lost or unsafe New Zealand’s national emergency phone number is 111. Calls are free and can be made even if your phone is out of credit.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Auckland
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R100 R100 R158
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R25 R25 R78
Cappuccino (regular) R22 R22 R46
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10 R10 R30
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R37 R37 R231

Auckland offers a variety of different accommodation, from upmarket hotels to budget-friendly self-catering facilities.

Visitors eager to be near the hustle and bustle of Auckland should search for accommodation on or near Queen Street, one of the liveliest streets in the city filled with bars, restaurants and clubs. Visitors staying here can enjoy being in the centre of the hustle and bustle.

Young, hip travellers will enjoy staying in Posonby , Auckland’s trendiest neighbourhood brimming with coffee shops, clothing boutiques and bars.

Auckland’s public transportation is safe, efficient and cost effective. Buses transport commuters around the city, as do trams, ferries and water taxis. For a higher cost, rental cars can also be hired to drive in and around the city surroundings. Auckland offers bicycles for hire to visitors, and is a great way to sightsee at your own pace. Walking is another fantastic way of seeing the city, and is a generally safe option provided it is not late at night. Calling a cab or catching a bus is a more advisable option for night time travel.

Main attractions in Auckland

Auckland Harbour Bridge

Auckland Harbour Bridge

The Sky Tower

The Sky Tower

Waitemata Harbour

Waitemata Harbour

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