Auckland, New Zealand
Rated as the third most liveable city in the world, Auckland is a place where vibrant city style and spectacular landscapes go hand in hand.
Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest and most diverse city. Around a third of the population lives here - about 1.4 million people – made up many different cultures and nationalities. Auckland is also the largest Polynesian city in the world. It’s the region of choice for over half of new migrants. They’re drawn here by Auckland’s job opportunities, good climate, stunning natural environment with beautiful harbours, beaches, and parks and its vibrant, cosmopolitan centre.
The region is a food-lovers’ paradise, bustling with trendy cafes, ethnic eateries and award-winning restaurants. Being located between two harbours, fresh seafood is an Auckland speciality, and the region also features a range of vineyards and olive groves.
The greater Auckland region encompasses the city proper and the gorgeous surrounding towns and landscapes. Heading out onto the waters of the Haruki Gulf, explore the many islands, emerald waters and world-class wineries. The natural delights on offer go beyond the beautiful waters. Rainforests, thermal springs, sprawling parks and volcanic cones are just the start.
Food and Entertainment
As New Zealand’s largest city, there are festivals, concerts, sports tournaments and cultural events throughout the year. Home to a melting pot of cultures from around the world,
Auckland’s food and wine scene serves up something for every taste. You’ll be spoilt for choice with laid back cafes, great coffee, fine dining restaurants, vineyards and farmers’ markets. Visit www.aucklandnz.com for more info.
Getting around Auckland
Public transport – train, bus and ferry
The public transport network is a great way to get around. As well as inner city buses, you can travel by train, ferry or bus throughout the wider region.
The main transport hub is located downtown, with the ferry terminal, Britomart train station and Link bus departure points all in this area. A number of bus and train stations and some ferry departure points also have park and ride facilities.
Taxis offer another safe and convenient option for travellers. There are a number of reputable taxi operators within the Auckland region including Uber, Coop Taxis, Green Cabs or Corporate Cabs to name a few.
You can legally drive in Auckland and New Zealand for up to 12 months per visit, with either a current driver's licence from your home country or an International Driving Permit (IDP). Make sure you have these organised before you arrive in New Zealand. You will need to convert to a New Zealand licence after 12 months. Take a look at our road rules for all vehicles, including cycles and motorbikes, for a safe journey around Auckland and New Zealand at DriveSafe.
Spend time exploring Auckland’s shopping precincts, offering a world-class collection of boutique and designer stores, alongside art, electronics, jewellery, homewares, high street fashion and bustling markets. Visit www.newzealand.com/in/shopping for more information.
While January is summer in Auckland, the temperature normally remains temperate and comfortable. The average temperature for the month is 20°C (68°F) and overnight the average temperature can drop to a cool 17°C (63°F). Most visitors will want layers or a jacket to enjoy meals outdoors or certain outdoor activities.
Auckland receives a steady amount of rain each year and visitors can expect that a couple days will have rain showers or be cloudy. January receives relatively little rain. The monthly average is 30 mm of rain falling over 12 rainy days on average.
Auckland has a huge range of attractions, from the tallest free-standing building in the Southern Hemisphere to up-close encounters with penguins and sharks.