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Auckland
Tāmaki-makau-rau (Māori)
—  Main urban area  —
Nickname(s): City of Sails,
Queen City (now rarely used)
Coordinates ([1]): 36°51′S 174°47′E / 36.85°S 174.783°E / -36.85; 174.783
Country  New Zealand
Island North Island
Region Auckland Region
Territorial authorities Auckland City
Manukau City
Waitakere City
North Shore City
Papakura District
Rodney District (part)
Franklin District (part)
Settled by Māori c. 1350
Settled by Europeans 1840
Electorates
Area
 - Urban 1,086 km2 (419.3 sq mi)
Highest elevation 196 m (643 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (June 2009 estimate)[2]
 Urban 1,333,300
 - Urban Density 1,227.7/km2 (3,179.8/sq mi)
 - Demonym Aucklander, Jafa (often derogatory)
Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
 - Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
Postcode(s)
Area code(s) 09
Local iwi Ngāti Ākarana
Website http://www.aucklandnz.com/
.The Auckland metropolitan area (commonly pronounced /ˈɔːk.lənd/), in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country with a population approaching 1.4 million residents, 31 percent of the country's population.^ Gregory O'Brien - New Zealand Literature File - The University of Auckland Library New Zealand Literature File .
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[2] Demographic trends indicate that it will continue to grow faster than the rest of the country. Increasingly cosmopolitan, Auckland also has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world,[3] and has seen many people of Asian ethnicity move there in the last two decades. In Māori Auckland's name is Tāmaki-makau-rau, or the transliterated version of Auckland, Ākarana.
The 2009 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Auckland 4th place in the world on its list, while The Economist's World's Most Livable Cities index of 2010 ranked Auckland in 10th place. In 2008, Auckland was classified as an Alpha-City in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory by Loughborough University, the only one in the country.[4]
.Auckland lies between the Hauraki Gulf of the Pacific Ocean to the east, the low Hunua Ranges to the south-east, the Manukau Harbour to the south-west, and the Waitakere Ranges and smaller ranges to the west and north-west.^ Auckland's Hauraki Gulf is home to a multitude of islands, each with its own distinctive character, including the larger Waiheke Island and Great Barrier Island.
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The central part of the urban area occupies a narrow isthmus between the Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and the Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the few cities in the world to have harbours on two separate major bodies of water.

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History

Main article History of Auckland

Early Māori and Europeans

The isthmus was settled by Māori around 1350 and was valued for its rich and fertile land. Many (fortified villages) were created, mainly on the volcanic peaks. Māori population in the area is estimated at about 20,000 people before the arrival of Europeans.[5][6] The subsequent introduction of firearms, which began in Northland, upset the balance of power and led to devastating inter-tribal warfare, causing iwi who lacked the new weapons to seek refuge in areas less exposed to coastal raids. As a result, the region had relatively low numbers of Māori when European settlement of New Zealand began. There is, however, nothing to suggest that this was the result of a deliberate European policy.[7][8] On 27 January 1832, Joseph Brooks Weller, eldest of the Weller brothers of Otago and Sydney bought land including the sites of the modern cities of Auckland and North Shore and part of Rodney District, for "one large cask of powder" from "Cohi Rangatira".[9]
After the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in February 1840, the new Governor of New Zealand, William Hobson, chose the area as his new capital, and named it after George Eden, Earl of Auckland, then Viceroy of India.[10] Auckland was officially declared New Zealand's capital in 1841,[11] and the transfer of the administration from Russell (now Old Russell) in the Bay of Islands was completed in 1842. However, even in 1840 Port Nicholson (later Wellington) was seen as a better choice for an administrative capital because of its proximity to the South Island, which was being settled much more rapidly, and Wellington became the capital in 1865. Auckland was the principal city of the Auckland Province until the provincial system was abolished in 1876.

Growth up to today

In the early 1860s, Auckland became a base against the Māori King Movement. This, and continued road building towards the south into the Waikato, enabled Pākehā (European New Zealanders) influence to spread from Auckland. Its population grew fairly rapidly, from 1,500 in 1841 to 12,423 by 1864. The growth occurred similarly to other mercantile-dominated cities, mainly around the port and with problems of overcrowding and pollution.
Trams and railway lines shaped Auckland's rapid expansion in the early first half of the 20th century, but soon afterward the dominance of the motor vehicle emerged and has not abated since; arterial roads and motorways have become both defining and geographically dividing features of the urban landscape. They also allowed further massive expansion that resulted in the growth of associated urban areas like the North Shore (especially after the construction of the Auckland Harbour Bridge), and Manukau City in the south.
A large percentage of Auckland is dominated by a very suburban style of building, giving the city a very low population density. Some services like public transport are costlier than in other higher-density cities, but Aucklanders are still able to live in single-family dwellings similar to the rest of the New Zealand population, although lot sizes tend to be smaller than many other centres.
View of Auckland CBD from Waitemata Harbour.

Geography and climate

Rangitoto island from North Head.

Volcanoes

Auckland straddles the Auckland Volcanic Field, which has produced approximately 50 volcanoes. These take the form of cones, lakes, lagoons, islands and depressions, and several have produced extensive lava flows. Most of the cones have been partly or completely quarried away. The individual volcanoes are all considered extinct, although the volcanic field itself is merely dormant.
Unlike the explosive subduction-driven volcanism in the central North Island, such as at Mount Ruapehu and Lake Taupo, Auckland's volcanoes are fueled entirely by basaltic magma.[12] The most recent and by far the largest volcano, Rangitoto Island, was formed within the last 1000 years, and its eruptions destroyed the Māori settlements on neighbouring Motutapu Island some 700 years ago. Rangitoto's size, its symmetry, its position guarding the entrance to Waitemata Harbour and its visibility from many parts of the Auckland region make it Auckland's most iconic natural feature. Few birds and insects inhabit the island because of the rich acidic soil and the type of flora growing out of the rocky soil.
Auckland and the inner Hauraki Gulf from space.

Harbours and gulf

Auckland lies on and around an isthmus, less than two kilometres wide at its narrowest point, between Mangere Inlet and the Tamaki River. There are two harbours in the Auckland urban area surrounding this isthmus: Waitemata Harbour to the north, which opens east to the Hauraki Gulf, and Manukau Harbour to the south, which opens west to the Tasman Sea.
Bridges span parts of both harbours, notably the Auckland Harbour Bridge crossing the Waitemata Harbour west of the Auckland Central Business District (CBD). The Mangere Bridge and the Upper Harbour Bridge span the upper reaches of the Manukau and Waitemata Harbours, respectively. In earlier times, portage paths crossed the narrowest sections of the isthmus.
.Several islands of the Hauraki Gulf are administered as part of Auckland City, though they are not officially part of the Auckland metropolitan area.^ Auckland's Hauraki Gulf is home to a multitude of islands, each with its own distinctive character, including the larger Waiheke Island and Great Barrier Island.
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^ Auckland in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest city in New Zealand.
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Parts of Waiheke Island effectively function as Auckland suburbs, while various smaller islands near Auckland are mostly zoned 'recreational open space' or are nature sanctuaries.

Climate

View of the Auckland CBD.
Auckland has a warm-temperate climate, with warm, humid summers and mild, damp winters. Under Koppen's climate classification, the city has an oceanic climate. .It is the warmest main centre of New Zealand and is also one of the sunniest, with an average of 2060 sunshine hours per annum.^ Auckland's population is approximately 1.3 million, making it by far the largest city in New Zealand, with nearly one third of the country's entire population.
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[13] The average daily maximum temperature is 23.7 °C in February, and 14.5 °C in July. The absolute maximum recorded temperature is 32.4 °C[14], while the absolute minimum is -2.5.[13] High levels of rainfall occur almost year-round with an average of 1240 mm per year spread over 137 'rain days'.[13] Climatic conditions vary in different parts of the city owing to geography such as hills, land cover and distance from the sea, hence unofficial temperature records exist, such as a maximum of 34°C in west Auckland.[14] On 27 July 1939 Auckland received its only recorded snowfall.[15]
The early morning calm on the isthmus during settled weather, before the sea breeze rises, was described as early as 1853: "In all seasons, the beauty of the day is in the early morning. At that time, generally, a solemn stillness holds, and a perfect calm prevails..." Many Aucklanders used this time of day to walk and run in parks.[16]
As car ownership rates are very high and emissions controls relatively weak, Auckland suffers from some air pollution, especially in regards to fine particles emissions.[17] There are also occasional breaches of guideline levels of carbon monoxide.[18] While maritime winds normally disperse the pollution relatively quickly it can sometimes become visible as smog, especially on calm winter days.[19]
Climate data for Auckland
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 23.3
(74)
23.7
(75)
22.4
(72)
20.0
(68)
17.4
(63)
15.2
(59)
14.5
(58)
15.0
(59)
16.2
(61)
17.8
(64)
19.6
(67)
21.6
(71)
18.9
(66)
Average low °C (°F) 15.3
(60)
15.8
(60)
14.6
(58)
12.3
(54)
10.0
(50)
8.0
(46)
7.1
(45)
7.6
(46)
8.9
(48)
10.5
(51)
12.1
(54)
13.9
(57)
11.3
(52)
Precipitation mm (inches) 75
(2.95)
65
(2.56)
94
(3.7)
105
(4.13)
103
(4.06)
139
(5.47)
146
(5.75)
121
(4.76)
116
(4.57)
91
(3.58)
93
(3.66)
91
(3.58)
1,240
(48.82)
Source: NIWA Science climate data[20]

People

Cultures

Helen Clark, Prime Minister in this 2006 photo, being welcomed onto Auckland's Hoani Waititi Marae.
Auckland is home to many cultures. The majority of inhabitants claim European - predominantly British - descent, but substantial Māori, Pacific Islander and Asian communities exist as well. Auckland has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world and a higher proportion of people of Asian origin than the rest of New Zealand. .Ethnic groups from all corners of the world have a presence in Auckland, making it by far the country's most cosmopolitan city.^ Auckland's population is approximately 1.3 million, making it by far the largest city in New Zealand, with nearly one third of the country's entire population.
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^ Auckland's blend of landscape, Polynesian culture, glistening harbours and modern city environment creates an unbelievable lifestyle ranked amongst the best in the world .
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Demographics

The proportion of Asians and other Non-European immigrants has increased during the last decades due to immigration,[21] and the removal of restrictions directly or indirectly based on race. Immigration to New Zealand is heavily concentrated towards Auckland (partly for job market reasons). This strong focus on Auckland has led the immigration services to award extra points towards immigration visa requirements for people intending to move to other parts of New Zealand.[22]
The following table shows the ethnic profile of Auckland's population, as recorded in the 2001 and 2006 New Zealand Census. The percentages add up to more than 100%, as some people counted themselves as belonging to more than one ethnic group. Figures for 2006 refer to the whole Auckland Region, not just the urban area. .The substantial percentage drop of 'Europeans' was mainly caused by the increasing numbers of people from this group choosing to define themselves as 'New Zealanders' - even though this was not one of the groups listed on the census form.^ Auckland's population is approximately 1.3 million, making it by far the largest city in New Zealand, with nearly one third of the country's entire population.
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Ethnic Group 2001 (%)[23] 2001 (people) 2006 (%)[24] 2006 (people)
New Zealand European 66.9 684,237 56.5 698,622
Pacific Island 14.9 152,508 14.4 177,936
Asian 14.6 149,121 18.9 234,222
Māori 11.5 117,513 11.1 137,133
Middle Easterners/Latin Americans/Africans n/a n/a 1.5 18,555
Others 1.3 13,455 0.1 648
'New Zealanders' n/a n/a 8.0 99,258
Total giving their ethnicity 1,022,616 (individuals) 1,237,239 (individuals)
The 2006 Census also provides information about the multilinguality of the region. 867,825 people in the Auckland Region spoke one language only, 274,863 spoke two, and 57,051 three or more.[24]
Sky Tower illuminated in Christmas colours during December.

Religion

Similar to the rest of the country, over half of Aucklanders profess Christianity, but fewer than 10% regularly attend church and almost 40% profess no religious affiliation (2001 census figures). The main denominations are Roman Catholic, Anglican and Presbyterian. Pentecostal and charismatic churches are the fastest growing. A small community of Coptic Orthodox Christians is also present.[25]
Recent immigration from Asia has added to the religious diversity of the city, and about 10% of the population follow such beliefs as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism, although there are no figures on religious attendance.[26] There is also a small, long-established Jewish community.[27]

Lifestyle

Positive aspects of Auckland life are its mild climate, plentiful employment and educational opportunities, as well as numerous leisure facilities. Meanwhile, traffic problems, the lack of good public transport, and increasing housing costs have been cited by many Aucklanders as among the strongest negative factors of living there,[28] together with crime.[29] Nonetheless, Auckland currently ranks 4th equal in a survey of the quality of life of 215 major cities of the world (2009 data).[30][31] In 2006, Auckland placed 23rd on the UBS list of the world's richest cities.[32]
City of Sails - View over the Westhaven Marina.
Skyline from Westhaven Marina.
Auckland CBD from the top of Mt Eden.

Leisure

Auckland is popularly known as the "City of Sails" because the harbour is often dotted with hundreds of yachts and has more per capita than any other city in the world, with around 135,000 yachts and launches. Around 60,500 of the country's 149,900 registered yachtsmen come from the Auckland Region.[33][34] Viaduct Basin also hosted two America's Cup challenges (2000 Cup and 2003 Cup), and its cafes, restaurants, and clubs add to Auckland's vibrant nightlife. With the sheltered Waitemata Harbour at its doorstep, Auckland sees many nautical events, and there are also a large number of sailing clubs in Auckland, as well as Westhaven Marina, the largest of the Southern Hemisphere.[34][35]
High Street, Queen Street, Ponsonby Road, and Karangahape Road are very popular with urban socialites. Newmarket and Parnell are up-market shopping areas, while Otara's and Avondale's fleamarkets offer a colourful alternative shopping experience. Newer shopping malls tend to be outside city centres, with Sylvia Park (Sylvia Park, Auckland City), Botany Town Centre (Howick, Manukau City) and Westfield Albany (Albany, North Shore City) being the three largest.
The Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Centre host conferences and cultural events such as theatre, kapa haka, and opera. Auckland also boasts a full-time professional symphonic ensemble in the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
Many national treasures are displayed at the Auckland Art Gallery, such as the work of Colin McCahon, while many other significant cultural artefacts reside at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the National Maritime Museum, or the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT). Exotic creatures can be observed at the Auckland Zoo and Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World. Movies and rock concerts (notably, the "Big Day Out") are also well patronised.
The Waitemata Harbour has popular swimming beaches at Mission Bay, Devonport, Takapuna, and the west coast has popular surf spots such as Piha and Muriwai. Many Auckland beaches are patrolled by surf lifesaving clubs, which are part of Surf Life Saving Northern Region.

Parks and nature

Auckland Domain is one of the largest parks in the city, close to the Auckland CBD and having a good view of the Hauraki Gulf and Rangitoto Island. Smaller parks close to the city centre are Albert Park, Myers Park, Western Park and Victoria Park.
While most volcanic cones in the Auckland Volcanic Field have been affected by quarrying, many of the remaining cones are now within parks, and retain a more natural character than the surrounding city. Prehistoric earthworks and historic fortifications are in several of these parks, including Mount Eden, North Head and One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie).
Other parks around the city are in Western Springs, which has a large park bordering the MOTAT museum and the Auckland Zoo. The Auckland Botanic Gardens are further south, in Manurewa.
Ferries provide transport to parks and nature reserves at Devonport, Waiheke Island, Rangitoto Island and Tiritiri Matangi. The Waitakere Ranges Regional Park to the west of Auckland offers beautiful and relatively unspoiled bush territory, as do the Hunua Ranges to the south.

Sport

Locations
The most popular sports in Auckland are rugby union and cricket. Auckland has a considerable number of rugby union and cricket grounds, and venues for motorsports, tennis, badminton, netball, swimming, soccer, rugby league, and many other sports.
Main teams
Major events
Popular annual sporting events include:
  • The Auckland Harbour Crossing Swim swim from North Shore City to the Viaduct Basin, Auckland CBD, is a yearly summer event, covering 2.8 km (often with some considerable counter-currents) and attended by over a thousand mostly amateur competitors. It is New Zealand's largest ocean swim.[36]
  • The 'Round the Bays' fun-run, starting in the city and going 8.4 kilometres (5.2 miles) along the waterfront to the suburb of St Heliers. It attracts many tens of thousands of people and has been an annual March event since 1972.
  • The Auckland Marathon (and half-marathon), an annual marathon which draws thousands of competitors.
Auckland hosted the 1950 British Empire Games and the 14th Commonwealth Games in 1990,[10] and will host a number of matches (including the semi-final and the final) of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.[37]

Economy

The Sky Tower is the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere at 328m.
Most major international corporations have an Auckland office, as the city is the economic capital of the nation. The most expensive office space is around lower Queen Street and the Viaduct Basin in the Auckland CBD, where many financial and business services are located, which make up a large percentage of the CBD economy.[38] A large proportion of the technical and trades workforce is based in the industrial zones of South Auckland.
The largest commercial and industrial areas of Greater Auckland are in the southeast of Auckland City and the western parts of Manukau City, mostly bordering the Manukau Harbour and the Tamaki River estuary.
The sub-national GDP of the Auckland region was estimated at US$47.6 billion in 2003, 36% of New Zealand's national GDP, 15% greater than the entire South Island.[39]
Auckland's status as the largest commercial centre of the country reflects in the high median personal income (per working person, per year) which was NZ$44,304 (approx. US$33,000) for the region in 2005, with jobs in the Auckland CBD often earning more.[40] The median personal income (for all persons older than 15 years of age, per year) was NZ$22,300 (2001),[41] behind only North Shore City (also part of the Greater Auckland area) and Wellington. While office workers still account for a large part of Auckland's commuters, large office developments in other parts of the city, for example in Takapuna or Albany, both North Shore City, are slowly becoming more common, reducing concentration on the Auckland CBD somewhat.

Education

Auckland has a number of important educational institutions, including some of the largest universities in the country. Auckland is a major centre of overseas language education, with large numbers of foreign students (particularly East Asians) coming to the city for several months or years to learn English or study at universities - although numbers New Zealand-wide have dropped substantially since peaking in 2003.[42] As of 2007, there are around 50 NZQA certified schools and institutes teaching English in the Auckland area.[43]
Auckland has a multitude of primary and secondary schools. The city also has several private schools. Auckland contains New Zealand's three largest (by full-time student numbers) high schools: Rangitoto College, Avondale College and Massey High School respectively. It also contains New Zealand's largest Catholic school, St Peter's College.
Amongst the most important tertiary educational institutes are the University of Auckland (City, Tamaki,Grafton Campus and satellite campuses)Auckland College of Education (Epsom and Tai Tokerau Campus), Massey University (Albany campus) and the Manukau Institute of Technology (Otara campus), with Unitec New Zealand (Mt Albert campus) being the largest technical institute in Auckland.

Housing

Housing varies considerably between some suburbs having state owned housing in the lower income neighbourhoods, to palatial waterfront estates, especially on the Waitemata. Traditionally, the most common residence of Aucklanders was a bungalow on a 'quarter acre' (1,000 m²).[44] However, subdividing such properties with 'infill housing', has long been the norm. Aucklanders' housing preferences resulting from a lack of apartments and poor public transport has resulted in a large urban sprawl and reliance on motor vehicles. This will probably continue, as the vast majority of Aucklanders live in low-density housing, which is expected to remain at up to 70% of the total share even in 2050.[44]
In some areas, the Victorian villas are being increasingly torn down to make way for large plaster mansions with tennis courts and swimming pools. The demolition of the older properties is being combated by the Auckland City Council passing laws that cover heritage suburbs or streets. Auckland has been described as having 'the most extensive range of timbered housing with its classical details and mouldings in the world', many of them Victorian-Edwardian style houses.[45]

Government

Local

The metropolitan area is made up of Auckland City (excluding the Hauraki Gulf islands), North Shore City, the urban parts of Waitakere and Manukau cities, and Papakura District and some urban parts of Rodney and Franklin Districts. The Auckland Regional Council is the regional council with jurisdiction for the area.
In the late 2000s, New Zealand's central government and parts of Auckland's society felt that this large number of Councils, and the lack of strong regional government (with the Auckland Regional Council only having limited powers) were hindering Auckland's progress. A Royal Commission on Auckland Governance was set up in 2007,[46][47] and in 2009 recommended a unified local governance structure for Auckland, amalgamating the Councils.[48] Government subsequently announced that a "super city" would be set up with a single mayor by the time of New Zealand's local body elections in 2010.[49][50]
Many aspects of the proposed reorganisation were or are still controversial, from the matters such as the form of representation for Maori, the inclusion or exclusion or rural Council areas in the super city, to the role of Council controlled organisations that are intended to place much of the day to day business of Council services at arms length from the elected Council.

National

Between 1842 and 1865, Auckland was the capital city of New Zealand. Parliament met in what is now Old Government House on the University of Auckland's City campus. The capital was moved to Wellington in 1865.
Auckland, because of its large population, is currently covered by 21 general electorates and three Maori electorates. Prior to 2008, there were only 20 general electorates, with the new seat of Botany being created in 2008 due to the increase in population around Auckland. As of the 2008 election, thirteen of the seats are held by the governing National Party, eight seats (seven general, one Maori) being held by the opposing Labour Party, one seat by the ACT Party, and two seats (both Maori) by the Maori Party.
Electorate MP Party
Auckland Central Nikki Kaye National
Botany Pansy Wong National
East Coast Bays Murray McCully National
Epsom Rodney Hide ACT
Helensville John Key National
Hunua Paul Hutchison National
Mangere Su'a William Sio Labour
Manukau East Ross Robertson Labour
Manurewa George Hawkins Labour
Maungakiekie Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga National
Mt Albert David Shearer Labour
Mt Roskill Phil Goff Labour
New Lynn David Cunliffe Labour
North Shore Wayne Mapp National
Northcote Jonathan Coleman National
Pakuranga Maurice Williamson National
Papakura Judith Collins National
Rodney Lockwood Smith National
Te Atatu Chris Carter Labour
Tāmaki Allan Peachey National
Waitakere Paula Bennett National
Hauraki-Waikato (Maori) Nanaia Mahuta Labour
Tamaki Makaurau (Maori) Pita Sharples Maori
Te Tai Tokerau (Maori) Hone Harawira Maori

Transport

Ferry travel is a popular type of public transport for some Auckland destinations.

Travel modes

Road and rail
Auckland is highly dependent on private vehicles as the main form of transportation, with only around 5% of all journeys in the Auckland region being undertaken by bus (1998 data),[51] though these numbers have since improved somewhat. In 2009 Auckland still ranks quite low in this regard, having only 41 public transport trips per capita per year, while Wellington has more than twice this number at 91, and Sydney has 114 trips.[52] This strong roading focus results in substantial traffic congestion during peak times.[53]
Bus services in Auckland are mostly radial rather than ring-routes, due to Auckland being on an isthmus. Late-night services (i.e. past midnight) are limited, even on weekends. Trains service the west and southeast of Auckland, with longer-distance options scarce. In 2007 approximately NZ$5.3 billion worth of large-scale projects was underway or planned (and budgeted for) in the Auckland area to improve rail and public transport patronage over the next decade, 31% of the transport budget.[54][55] However, policy changes in early 2009 by the incoming National government have meant a shift in emphasis to more highway construction, and have removed the provision of a regional fuel tax that was to pay for ARTA's public transport upgrades.[56] While the government has promised to fund the rail electrification, the process and associated tenders have been postponed, and many rail station upgrades and the funding of the integrated ticketing upgrade are in doubt. The lack of future funding also forced ARTA to hand over the Auckland region's rail stations to government control.[57][58][59]
Other modes
Auckland's ports are the largest of the country, and a large part of both inbound and outbound New Zealand commerce travels through them, mostly via the facilities northeast of Auckland CBD. Freight usually arrives at or is distributed from the port via road, though the port facilities also have rail access. Auckland is a major cruise ship stopover point, with the ships usually tying up at Princes Wharf. Auckland CBD is connected to coastal suburbs, to North Shore City and to outlying islands by ferry.
Auckland has various small regional airports and Auckland Airport, the busiest of the country.
Policies
Research at Griffith University has indicated that in the last 50 years, Auckland has engaged in some of the most pro-automobile transport policies anywhere in the world.[60] With public transport declining heavily during the second half of the 20th century (a trend mirrored in most Western countries such as the US),[61] and increased spending on roads and cars, New Zealand (and specifically Auckland) now has the second-highest vehicle ownership rate in the world, with around 578 vehicles per 1000 people.[62] Auckland has also been called a very pedestrian- and cyclist-unfriendly city, though some efforts are being made to change this.[63][63] At the same, high-profile gaps in the network, such as the inability for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the Waitemata Harbour, will probably remain for the foreseeable future, with councils generally not considering the costs involved as sensible expense.[64]
The harbour bridge from North Shore City.

Infrastructure

The State Highway network connects the cities in the Auckland urban area through the Northern, Southern, Northwestern and Southwestern Motorways.
The Auckland Harbour Bridge (Northern Motorway) is the main connection to North Shore City, and also a major traffic bottleneck. The Harbour Bridge does not provide access for rail, pedestrians or cyclists, which has repeatedly (most recently in 2008) led to campaigns for and investigations into retrofitting the structure.
The Central Motorway Junction, also called 'Spaghetti Junction' for its complexity, is the intersection between the two major motorways of Auckland (State Highway 1 and State Highway 16).
Two of the longest arterial roads within Greater Auckland are Great North Road and Great South Road - the main connections in those directions before the construction of the State Highway network.
Auckland has three main railway lines, serving the general western, southern, and central eastern directions from the Britomart Transport Centre in downtown Auckland. It is the terminal station for all lines, and connects them to ferry and bus services.

Future growth

The urbanised extents of Auckland shown in grey, as of approximately 2007.
Auckland is expecting substantial population growth via immigration and natural population increases (which contribute to growth at about one-third and two-thirds, respectively)[65], and is set to grow to an estimated 2 million inhabitants by 2050.[44] This substantial increase in population will have a major impact on transport, housing and other infrastructure that is in many cases already considered under pressure. It is also feared by some organisations, such as the Auckland Regional Council, that urban sprawl will result from the growth and, as a result, that it is necessary to address this proactively in planning policy.
A 'Regional Growth Strategy' has been adopted that sees limits on further subdivision and intensification of existing use as its main sustainability measures.[66] This policy is contentious, as it naturally limits the uses of private land, especially the subdivision of urban fringe properties,[67] by setting 'Metropolitan Urban Limits' in planning documents like the District Plan.[68]
According to the 2006 Census projections, the medium-variant scenario shows that the population is projected to continue growing, to reach 1.93 million by 2031. The high-variant scenario shows the region's population growing to over two million by 2031.[69]

Famous sites

Tourist attractions and landmarks in the Auckland metropolitan area include:
Attractions and buildings
Landmarks
  • Auckland Domain - one of the largest parks of the city, close to the CBD and having a good view of the harbour and of Rangitoto Island.
  • Mount Eden - a volcanic cone with a grassy crater. As the highest natural point in Auckland City, it offers 360-degree views of Auckland and is thus a favorite tourist outlook.
  • Mount Victoria - a volcanic cone in North Shore City offering a spectacular view of Auckland. A brisk walk from the Devonport ferry terminal, the cone is steeped in history, as is nearby North Head.
  • One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie) - a volcanic cone that dominates the skyline in the southern, inner suburbs. It no longer has a tree on the summit (after a politically motivated attack on the old tree) but is still crowned by an obelisk.
  • Rangitoto Island - guards the entrance to Waitemata Harbour, and forms a prominent feature on the eastern horizon.
  • Waiheke Island - the second largest island in the Hauraki Gulf and is well known for its beaches, forests, vineyards and olive groves.
360-degree view from Sky Tower, showing many landmarks in the CBD.

See also

References

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Further reading

  • Gordon McLauchlan (1992). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of New Zealand. David Bateman Ltd, Glenfield, NZ. ISBN 1-86953-007-1. 

External links


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Auckland City
Auckland City
.Auckland [1] is the largest metropolitan area in New Zealand, with a population of over one million.^ Auckland's population is approximately 1.3 million, making it by far the largest city in New Zealand, with nearly one third of the country's entire population.
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^ Auckland in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest city in New Zealand.
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^ Auckland is the largest metropolitan area in New Zealand, with a population of over one million in the greater urban area.
  • Cheap flights to Auckland ( AKL ) : Auckland flights from £ 439 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.travelhouseuk.co.uk [Source type: News]

.It is in the northern half of the North Island, on a narrow isthmus of land that joins the Northland peninsula to the rest of the North Island.^ It is located in the northern half of the North Island, on a narrow isthmus of land that joins the Northland peninsula to the rest of the North Island.
  • Cheap flights to Auckland ( AKL ) : Auckland flights from £ 439 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.travelhouseuk.co.uk [Source type: News]

.It is composed of four separate cities, Manukau City in the south, Waitakere City in the west, North Shore City in the north and Auckland City itself, on and around the isthmus.^ Find out what fellow travellers have to say about the Bush Walks in Auckland, the beaches , Rainbows End in Manukau city the Fish Markets and many more .
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^ Colonial Road, Highbury North Shore Auckland 1310 New Zealand +64 9 486 8670 (Tourist Information Centre) .
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^ Auckland in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest city in New Zealand.
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.The wider local government area, which includes rural areas, small towns and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, is Auckland Region.^ Auckland is often known as the “City of Sails” for the large number of yachts that grace the Waitemata Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.
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^ Hauraki Gulf Auckland 1020 New Zealand +64 9 379 6476 (Department of Conservation Visitor Centre) .
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^ Bastion Point offers fine views out over the Hauraki Gulf and Waitemata Harbour as well as central Auckland.
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  • Auckland City - Central Auckland - covered by this article
See the guides for the other cities that form part of the Auckland Regional Council area:
  • Manukau - South and outer east Auckland
  • Waitakere - West Auckland
  • North Shore - Auckland north of the Waitemata Harbour and the Auckland Harbour Bridge
.See the Auckland Region article for the greater Auckland area.^ Auckland is the largest metropolitan area in New Zealand, with a population of over one million in the greater urban area.
  • Cheap flights to Auckland ( AKL ) : Auckland flights from £ 439 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.travelhouseuk.co.uk [Source type: News]

Auckland boats
Auckland boats
.Auckland is often known as the "City of Sails" for the large number of yachts that grace the Waitemata Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.^ Auckland is often known as the “City of Sails” for the large number of yachts that grace the Waitemata Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.
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^ Hauraki Gulf Auckland 1020 New Zealand +64 9 379 6476 (Department of Conservation Visitor Centre) .
  • Schmap Auckland Guide 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.schmap.com [Source type: General]

^ Bastion Point offers fine views out over the Hauraki Gulf and Waitemata Harbour as well as central Auckland.
  • Schmap Auckland Guide 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.schmap.com [Source type: General]

.It could also be known as the "City of Volcanoes". Much of its natural character comes from the fact that it is built on the Auckland Volcanic Field which consists of about 48 volcanoes.^ Much of its natural character comes from the fact that it is built on the Auckland Volcanic Field which consists of about 48 volcanoes.
  • Cheap flights to Auckland ( AKL ) : Auckland flights from £ 439 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.travelhouseuk.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ It could also be known as the “City of Volcanoes”.
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^ Auckland is often known as the “City of Sails” for the large number of yachts that grace the Waitemata Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.
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.All of the volcanoes are individually extinct but the volcanic field as a whole is not.^ All of the volcanoes are individually extinct but the volcanic field as a whole is not.
  • Cheap flights to Auckland ( AKL ) : Auckland flights from £ 439 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.travelhouseuk.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Much of its natural character comes from the fact that it is built on the Auckland Volcanic Field which consists of about 48 volcanoes.
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.Auckland is the largest city in Polynesia.^ Auckland is the largest city in Polynesia.
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^ New Zealand has been becoming more of an accessible and desirable tourist destination in recent years, and its largest city, Auckland , has certainly been benefiting from this trend.
  • Auckland Hotels - Cheap Accommodation Deals in Auckland 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.hotelclub.net [Source type: News]

.For some Polynesian island nations there are more expatriates living in Auckland than in their homeland.^ For some Polynesian island nations, there are more expatriates living in Auckland than in their homeland.
  • Cheap flights to Auckland ( AKL ) : Auckland flights from £ 439 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.travelhouseuk.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ It takes more than 6 hours for a direct flight from Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN) to Auckland International Airport (AKL).
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^ Yeah Metservice is predicting southerly which would mean sunny in Auckland but their maps are predicting more of a SSW flow which would bring some cloud with it.

.Auckland's rich Pacific cultural mix is celebrated at festivals [2] and sporting matches.^ Auckland’s rich Pacific cultural mix is celebrated at festivals and sporting matches.
  • Cheap flights to Auckland ( AKL ) : Auckland flights from £ 439 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.travelhouseuk.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Auckland has the world's largest urban Polynesian population, and this festival is New Zealand's largest Pacific Islands' community event.
  • Schmap Auckland Art & Entertainment 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.schmap.com [Source type: General]

^ Auckland has the largest Polynesian population in the world, and no better way is this celebrated than through the annual Pasifika Festival .
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.Auckland often rates well in international quality-of-life polls; consistently rating in the top five.^ Auckland often rates well in quality-of-life polls; consistently rating in the top five.
  • Cheap flights to Auckland ( AKL ) : Auckland flights from £ 439 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.travelhouseuk.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Euro is consistently rated amongst the best restaurants in Auckland.
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Get in

By plane

.Auckland International Airport [3], New Zealand's largest airport, is in the southern suburb of Mangere on the shores of the Manukau Harbour.^ Shuttle buses are also in good supply and gather outside of the Qantas and Air New Zealand termin Read more about Auckland Airport Guide .
  • Cheap flights to Auckland ( AKL ) : Auckland flights from £ 439 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.travelhouseuk.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ New Zealand has been becoming more of an accessible and desirable tourist destination in recent years, and its largest city, Auckland , has certainly been benefiting from this trend.
  • Auckland Hotels - Cheap Accommodation Deals in Auckland 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.hotelclub.net [Source type: News]

^ Auckland Museum - Auckland War Memorial Museum tells the story of New Zealand, from our unique flora and fauna and our history at war, to our priceless collection of Maori and Pacific treasures.
  • Auckland Hotels - Cheap Accommodation Deals in Auckland 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.hotelclub.net [Source type: News]

.There are frequent services to Australia, and to other New Zealand destinations.^ To: All other cities in New Zealand .
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^ New Zealand's largest and most luxurious hotel, the Rendezvous Hotel Auckland combines timeless elegance with the finest servic...
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^ New art now: contemporary art in Australia and New Zealand .
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.There are also direct connections to many locations in the South Pacific, to the United States, Asia and to Buenos Aires and Santiago in South America.^ ROGER L., - United States: The room is very spacious and clean, the location is excellent just right across of Sky Tower, in fact I saw several bungy...
  • Auckland Hotels - LOWEST DISCOUNT RATES for all Hotels in Auckland 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.agoda.com [Source type: General]

^ Europe Asia Africa Australia and the South Pacific United States Cities World Cities .
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^ Central America San Jose South America Bogota Buenos Aires Rio de Janeiro Santiago Sao Paulo Asia Abu Dhabi Bangkok Beijing Istanbul Hong Kong Jakarta Jerusalem New Delhi Shanghai Tel Aviv Tokyo Africa Cairo Cape Town Australia and The South Pacific Adelaide Auckland Brisbane Cairns Melbourne Sydney .
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Ground transportation to and from the airport

.Transport from the airport to central Auckland and suburbs includes buses, shuttles and taxis.^ Shuttle buses are also in good supply and gather outside of the Qantas and Air New Zealand termin Read more about Auckland Airport Guide .
  • Cheap flights to Auckland ( AKL ) : Auckland flights from £ 439 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.travelhouseuk.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Auckland Airport Central Cnr Richard Pearse Drive and Ascot Rd, Mangere Phone: +64 9 275 1059 Fax: +64 9 256 7172 .
  • Auckland Campervan Hire, Car Rentals, Motorhomes & RV's | Britz New Zealand 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.britz.co.nz [Source type: News]

.The bus to central Auckland is called Airbus [4] and runs 24 hours, at 15 minute intervals during the day and 30 minutes at night.^ Closed for renovations from 01.06-30.09.2006 -- Set just above the CBD and a few minutes stroll to aucklands waterfront and ...
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^ Groups depart at 10-15 minute intervals.
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^ Due to its central location, it is a popular meeting place day or night.
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.The one way fare for adults is $16, backpacker with ID $14, child $6. There is a $1 off voucher on their website which is valid until 30 June 2010. When returning to the airport by Airbus, allow for the service running late — often the '15 minute' schedule is more like 30 minutes.^ At Webjet you can easily combine the cheapest one way airfares with different airlines to complete your trip and often save you more.
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^ One Way Flights Return Flight Departure Airport Aberdeen - ABZ .
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^ Type of Trip: Return One Way .
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Other bus services run to the suburbs including the 380 connects with the rail system at Papatoetoe Train Station. This local bus and train will cost $8 to the city centre.
Approximate prices for one person in a shuttle to various destinations are:
  • to Papatoetoe $29
  • to Manurewa $26
  • to Howick $42
  • to Takapuna $35
  • to Henderson $41
  • to central Auckland (city) the fare is between $50 and $65
.Taxi fares may be NZ$50 - NZ$100 from the airport to a city location, about the same as it costs to hire a car per day.^ The Grand Chancellor is a 3 1/2 star hotel located just minutes from Auckland International/Domestic Airport, and about 9 miles...
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Terminal transfer

.There are separate domestic and international terminals.^ Just 4kms from the International and Domestic Terminals.

.A free bus runs between the terminals every 20 minutes and takes a few minutes.^ Have a bus drop you off at the mountain, or take a ten to fifteen minute stroll from the train station.
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^ For five days over every Easter weekend, the various styles of jazz attract more than 20,000 people to take the 40-minute boat trip to the island.
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^ A 20-minute Maori cultural performance featuring songs, poi dances, stick games, a weaponry display and haka takes place.
  • Schmap Auckland Guide 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.schmap.com [Source type: General]

The walk is around 800m and takes about 10 minutes. It is indicated by signposts and a blue line to follow. The path is level, and you are permitted to take luggage trolleys between the terminals. The walk is uncovered and exposed to the weather.

Airport facilities

The international terminal has ATMs on both sides of security. There is a typical food court in the departures area before security, a McDonalds and a coffee shop in the arrivals area, and some more cafe-style food after security. There is the usual collection of expensive shops and souvenirs on both sides of immigration. .Avoid going to the gate until you are called as the gate lounges are dismal, and the waiting area upstairs is much more pleasant, with a nice view over the ranges and Manukau harbour.^ If you are more into techno, house and drum 'n bass, The Ministry is the place to go.
  • Schmap Auckland Art & Entertainment 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.schmap.com [Source type: General]

^ Amazing views and exciting amenities await you and your guest at the Best Western President Hotel Auckland More .
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^ Whether your idea of heaven is champagne and harbour views, going hard with an international DJ, or downing espresso in a bustling city café, the "City of Sails" has it covered.
  • Schmap Auckland Art & Entertainment 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.schmap.com [Source type: General]

.If you have time to kill, there is miniature golf about 1km (15 minutes walk) from the terminal, complete with a hole on a pirate ship, which beats hanging around in the terminal for hours.^ Queen Street, Waterfront, Parnell Village, Great 24 hour Supermarket 5 minutes walk.

[5]
Lockers are available in the terminal for $15 per day.

By bus

nakedbus.com .[6] is a low cost bus operator with services from Auckland Airport to many parts of the country.^ The transfer bus stops outside Gate 10 at the International Airport arrivals area and outside door 5 at Auckland Domestic Airport.
  • Auckland Campervan Hire, Car Rentals, Motorhomes & RV's | Britz New Zealand 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.britz.co.nz [Source type: News]

^ The Skycity Hotel is located in the heart of Auckland, less than one kilometer from many entertainment options and 25 kilometers from the international airport.
  • Auckland Hotels Accommodation New Zealand Book Reservations Online 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.whatsonnz.com [Source type: General]

Sky City Coach Terminal (located behind Sky City Plaza) is the main hub for Intercity, Newmans and Northliner long-distance buses. Facilities include a ticket office, cafe and luggage lockers.

By train

.The Overlander train runs from central Wellington to Britomart Transport Centre at the north end of Queen St in central Auckland.^ Colonial Road, Highbury North Shore Auckland 1310 New Zealand +64 9 486 8670 (Tourist Information Centre) .
  • Schmap Auckland Guide 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.schmap.com [Source type: General]

^ Queen Street Auckland Central Auckland 91285 New Zealand +64 (0)9 302 3940 http://www.realgroovy.co.nz .
  • Schmap Auckland Art & Entertainment 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.schmap.com [Source type: General]

^ Located in Auckland, New Zealand, the Auckland Central Backpackers hotel stands in the city center adjacent to Queen Street shops, restaurants and bars.
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The 681 kilometre (423 mile) journey takes about 12 hours. The trip runs much of the length of the North Island with stopping-off opportunity at Tongariro National Park. .In a single day you will pass every kind of scenery: coastline, volcanoes and mountains, green farm pastures and dense New Zealand bush.^ It has giant paintings of famous New Zealanders, and antique farm implements on the walls.
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^ Oaks on Hobson, puts you at the heart of New Zealands premier city, Auckland.
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^ Hotels About Agoda Rewards Special Offers 24/7 Help You are here : Home → World → Pacific Ocean and Australia → New Zealand → Auckland Hotels .
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One way from NZ$119.

Get around

There are a variety of ways to get around including bus, train, ferry, taxi, shuttle and hiring your own car. You can use the MAXX website [7] to find ways to get round Auckland using public transport. .MAXX also has a text messaging service which can be used to find out the time of the next bus, ferry or train or to find the quickest way to get to your destination using public transport.^ Book for a client meeting, a night out, your next Auckland Function - hire one of the Auckland venues listed.
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.Auckland is a very car dependant city and for most tourists used to extensive public transport systems, frustrations can mount.^ New Zealand has been becoming more of an accessible and desirable tourist destination in recent years, and its largest city, Auckland , has certainly been benefiting from this trend.
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^ Most cheap Auckland hotels are near major attractions such as Auckland Zoo, Sky city, and Auckland Museum.
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^ Auckland Art Gallery - Auckland Art Gallery has the most extensive collection of national and international art in New Zealand.
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.It may be more prudent to hire a car if you wish to do a lot of cross city travel, though roads frequently become heavily congested and driving standards can be poor.^ K Road City Travelers Auckland Hostel .

.The Britomart Transport Centre on the corner of Queen Street and Customs Street is the main information centre for public transportation in Auckland.^ Queen Street Aotea Square Auckland 1001 New Zealand +64 9 307 5060 http://www.the-edge.co.nz/auck...
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^ Corner Queen and Wellesley Streets Auckland 1001 New Zealand +64 (0)9 373 3684 http://www.hellhq.co.nz/londonbar .
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^ Colonial Road, Highbury North Shore Auckland 1310 New Zealand +64 9 486 8670 (Tourist Information Centre) .
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You will be able to find free bus, train or ferry schedules in this centre - something that is very handy since the frequency of some public transportation services is low and sometimes irregular. These timetables are also downloadable from the MAXX website.
.The Auckland Discovery Pass can be purchased for $13, and provides travel on all forms of public transportation in Auckland, except the Fullers ferries and the Airbus that runs from the CBD to the airport.^ Information covers accommodation, local public transport, travel arrangements further afield and all manner of activities including sightseeing and tours.
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^ Access is provided by Fullers Ferry services, and a 45-minute walk up the well-maintained track to the summit.
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By bus

.Bus is the most-used method of public transport in Auckland, carrying over 40 million passenger trips a year.^ After a million dollar restoration, the grandeur and opulence of the spectacular Civic features many facets not seen by the public for many years.
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Buses to popular destinations usually run every 10-15mins. For example Kelly Tarltons and Mission Bay have buses (numbers 745-769) running at least every 15 minutes Monday to Saturdays though much less frequently Sundays.
.If you don't mind a 5 to 10 minute walk to a bus stop you can get by without a car in Auckland.^ The transfer bus stops outside Gate 10 at the International Airport arrivals area and outside door 5 at Auckland Domestic Airport.
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^ Have a bus drop you off at the mountain, or take a ten to fifteen minute stroll from the train station.
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^ Auckland Web Meetup Every month you can meet other like minded web designers and developers.
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However buses are not always reliable, especially during peak hours. Delays of up to 15 minutes are common on certain routes. .Buses are also a slow way to travel long distances, and travel is remarkably more difficult going across town than on a main north-south route.^ But the décor pales next to the clientele; dress codes do not apply and there are probably more piercings and tattoos per capita here than anywhere else in town.
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If possible consider taking a train or ferry instead. If you are travelling to less frequented areas or outer suburbs be prepared for long travel times and long wait periods (30+ mins) between services.
Auckland's bus services are not integrated - there are different bus companies serving different parts of Auckland. The largest operator, Stagecoach, has relabelled their own brand with different names indicating parts of Auckland that it serves. The following are buses that run to different parts of Auckland:
  • Auckland City - Metrolink (includes the Link bus and the City Circuit), Urban Express
  • North Shore (including Hibuscus Coast) - North Star, Ritchies, and Birkenhead Transport
  • Waitakere - Go West and Ritchies
  • Manukau (South Auckland) - Waka Pacific
  • Manukau (East Auckland) - Howick and Eastern
Metrolink, North Star, Go West, and Waka Pacific still use buses labelled "Stagecoach" so check the route numbers displayed on the buses before you discount them as being one of the other operators.
The Link bus ($1.60) services Auckland CBD and the surrounding areas of Newmarket, Parnell and Ponsonby - it is fairly frequent and is a useful way of getting around these areas. The free City Circuit bus runs around the CBD. Bus fares are measured in stages, with one stage being $1.60 cash, $3.20 for two stages, $4.30 for three and $5.40 for four (as of 2009). Any bus travel within the CBD will cost $0.50 (for at most a 5 min ride).
Bus passes in Auckland are troublesome since there is a lack of an integrated bus system - each bus service uses its own card system and they are mutually incompatible. All Stagecoach (i.e. Metrolink, North Star, Go West, Urban Express, Waka Pacific) buses use a chip system, Ritchies uses a touch sensor, and Howick and Eastern uses a different chip system from Stagecoach. .Buy bus cards (they can be bought from different locations in Auckland, Britomart being one of them) IF AND ONLY IF you are certain about where you'd be travelling to - otherwise you'll find yourself paying cash.^ Whether it is for business or pleasure the prime location of CityLife Auckland lets you enjoy everything the City of Sails has ...
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^ About 120 features and a similar number of short movies are shown each festival, not only in Auckland, but also in Wellington and with selected highlights in other regional centres.
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One exception to this is bus travel on the North Shore. They have recently introduced a Northern Pass system whereby travellers (and commuters) can purchase a day- or week-long pass which covers inter-operator travel on the North Shore. You can buy day passes on the buses heading to and in the North Shore - just keep the ticket and show it to the next bus driver, and you will be let on the bus.
Most bus services run to and from the CBD, and so there are relatively few "cross-town" buses. It might sometimes be faster (and more convenient) to take buses into the city to take another bus out! If you want to get around the same area easily, it is also possible to take the bus to a "hub" where lots of buses run through, to connect to another bus. The bigger bus hubs are (but are not limited to):
  • Takapuna on the North Shore
  • Bus stations on the North Shore
  • Otahuhu in Manukau
  • New Lynn in Waitakere
Most bus stops that are frequently used have displays showing the times the next buses arrive. These are fairly reliable but do not place all your faith in them - sometimes the signs display that a bus has come and gone, and then several minutes later the bus arrives.

By train

Travel by train is a good option if you are near a train line, but there are only three lines so many suburbs are not served. While the train service has had a bad history due to under-investment, it has been improving in recent years due to increased investment in train carriages and the upgrading of many of the 36 train stations. An annual patronage increase of 30% was achieved in 2005, bringing total patronage to over 5 million passengers a year for the first time since the 1960s.
There are three lines: the Eastern, Southern and Western Lines. Services on the Southern line run from Britomart station in downtown Auckland south to Papakura, with a few services on to Pukekohe. The Southern Line runs roughly parallel to the Southern Motorway and indeed runs right beside the motorway through part of Auckland City. .The Eastern Line is a short line that runs from Britomart through four stations in the east of Auckland City before joining the Southern line just before Westfield station.^ Hyatt Regency Auckland towers on a hill overlooking Auckland's harbour, city and parks, and is just a short walking distance f...
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^ Grafton Bridge spans Grafton Gully, joining Karangahape Road on the city side and Park Road en route to the Domain and Auckland Hospital on the other.
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^ Just a short walk east from the city center, Auckland Domain is New Zealand's oldest municipal park.
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Services on the Eastern line also continue to Papakura and Pukekohe. The Western line runs from Britomart west to Waitakere Station. .There are no train services on the North Shore or in the eastern suburbs of Manukau City.^ It is a conurbation, made up of Auckland City (excluding the Hauraki Gulf islands), North Shore City, and the urban parts of Waitakere and Manukau cities, along with Papakura District and some nearby urban parts of Rodney and Franklin Districts.
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The Southern and Eastern Lines have the most frequent and reliable services. .Trains on these lines combined run every 10 minutes on-peak, 15 minutes off-peak and 30 minutes evenings and weekends.^ Have a bus drop you off at the mountain, or take a ten to fifteen minute stroll from the train station.
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^ Groups depart at 10-15 minute intervals.
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Approximately 80-90% of these services run on-time. The Western Line suffers from somewhat unreliable and less frequent services, and is currently undergoing development to improve frequencies and reliability. .Trains on this line runs every 15-20 minutes on-peak, every 37 minutes off-peak and every 30 minutes weekends.^ Have a bus drop you off at the mountain, or take a ten to fifteen minute stroll from the train station.
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^ For five days over every Easter weekend, the various styles of jazz attract more than 20,000 people to take the 40-minute boat trip to the island.
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Approximately 60-70% of these trains run on-time.

By car

The road network experiences severe congestion at rush hour. The geography of Auckland constrains the network to a limited number of routes. .Auckland has a comprehensive road networks for a city its size, but lack of investment in public transport means the city is largely dependent on the private automobile.^ Grafton Bridge spans Grafton Gully, joining Karangahape Road on the city side and Park Road en route to the Domain and Auckland Hospital on the other.
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^ Gay Scene Inner-city Auckland is very gay friendly, but Karangahape Road is official headquarters.
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It is often easier and cheaper to hire a car instead of using taxis, simply because the city is so large and spread out.
The three main motorway systems running through Auckland are the Northern Motorway (from Orewa to the Central Motorway Junction (CMJ) a.k.a. Spaghetti Junction), the Southern Motorway (from the CMJ past Bombay Hills, where it merges to the Waikato Expressway), and the Northwestern Motorway (from Auckland Port through CMJ to Westgate). These motorways clog up during the morning rush in the CBD-bound direction, and the same thing happens in the opposite direction during the evening rush. The Harbour Bridge has a method of mitigating this traffic load - it changes the lane system from 4-4 to 5-3 favouring the side which has the heavier traffic load, so be careful when crossing the bridge during different times, some lanes might not be there at some times!
Some motorway on-ramps have traffic lights operating in busy periods - they allow one car to proceed every three seconds to ease the merging onto the motorway. Cameras are operating to catch red-light runners.
Carving, Auckland War Memorial Museum
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Carving, Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, Domain Drive, Parnell, +64 9 309 0443, [8].^ Auckland War Memorial Museum National treasures at war museum .
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    ^ St Stephens Avenue Parnell Auckland 1001 New Zealand +64 9 303 9500 http://www.holy-trinity.org.nz/ .
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    ^ Tamaki Drive Mission Bay Auckland 1005 New Zealand +64 9 979 7070 (Tourist Information) .
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    .10AM-5PM. It is more than a war museum, it is a general museum and one of the best in New Zealand.^ Best New Zealand Poems (2001).
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    ^ Best New Zealand Poems (2005).
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    ^ Best New Zealand Poems (2008).
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    .It stands in an imposing position in the Auckland Domain, a large park on an extinct volcano.^ Just a short walk east from the city center, Auckland Domain is New Zealand's oldest municipal park.
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    ^ Grafton Bridge spans Grafton Gully, joining Karangahape Road on the city side and Park Road en route to the Domain and Auckland Hospital on the other.
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    .Suggested donation $5 adult.
  • New Zealand National Maritime Museum, Corner Quay and Hobson Street, Viaduct Harbour, +64 9 373 0800, [9].^ New Zealand National Maritime Museum Fine old sailing vessels afloat .
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    ^ PO Box 3141, Shortland Street, Corner of Quay & Hobson Streets Viaduct Harbour Auckland 1001 New Zealand +64 9 373 0800 / +64 9 377 6000 / +64 800 7258 9726 (Free only in NZ) http://www.nzmaritime.org .
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    ^ Colonial Road, Highbury North Shore Auckland 1310 New Zealand +64 9 486 8670 (Tourist Information Centre) .
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    .Interesting exhibits chronicle New Zealand's maritime history.^ "A short history of the poem in New Zealand painting."
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    ^ New Zealand National Maritime Museum Fine old sailing vessels afloat .
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    ^ The museum houses New Zealand's largest collection of Maori and Pacific Island taonga (treasures); fantastic interactive discovery centers for children young and old; and the Scars on the Heart exhibition of New Zealand war history.
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    .Admission $16 adult, $7 children, $11 senior citizens.
  • Sky Tower, Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, [10].^ Chifley Suites Auckland is two blocks from the Sky Tower and Queen Street’s shopping and dining.
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    ^ Corner Victoria and Federal Streets Auckland 1001 New Zealand +64 (0)9 912 6000 http://www.skycity.co.nz .
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    .At 328 meters, this is the tallest free-standing tower in the Southern Hemisphere, offering views of up to 80 kilometers away and fine dining in the Orbit revolving restaurant [11].
  • Auckland Art Gallery, Corner Wellesley and Lorne streets, [12] 10AM-5PM. The largest collection of national and international art in New Zealand.^ At 328 metres, the Sky Tower is the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere and the views from the top are spectacular.
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    ^ There are snack bars and a revolving restaurant up the tower.
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    ^ The Gallery contains the largest and most comprehensive collection of New Zealand and international art in the country.
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    It is split across two buildings, the main gallery and new gallery. .Adults $7.
  • Auckland Zoo, Motions Rd, Western Springs, 64 9 360 3800, [13], [14].^ Ponsonby Road Ponsonby Auckland 1001 New Zealand +64 (0)9 360 1710 http://www.ponsonbyroad.co.nz/...
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    ^ Great North Road (Western Springs Lakeside) Auckland 1002 New Zealand +64 (0)9 379 2020 http://www.akcity.govt.nz/ .
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    ^ Great North Road Western Springs Auckland 1002 New Zealand +64 9 379 2020 http://www.aucklandcity.govt.n...
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    Sep-May 9.30AM-5.30PM (last admissions at 4.15PM), Jun-Aug 9.30AM-5PM, closed 25 Dec. Has 150 animal species, 500 animals and a number of different habitats such as the Rainforest and Pridelands (an African savannah). Adults $16, children 4-15 $8, seniors and students with ID $12, family rates available.
  • The StarDome Observatory, [15]. .Located on the slopes of One Tree Hill.^ One Tree Hill Fantastic views .
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    ^ Located in Cornwall Park, One Tree Hill was heavily fortified in Maori times and has the remains of extensive earthworks and terraces.
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    The park also contains Maori archaeological sites, a kid's playgrounds and a working farm.
  • Kelly Tarlton's, [16]. .Located on Auckland’s scenic Tamaki Drive and the home of Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World.^ Tamaki Drive Auckland 1005 New Zealand +64 9 367 6009 (Tourist Information) .
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    ^ Tamaki Drive Mission Bay Auckland 1005 New Zealand +64 9 979 7070 (Tourist Information) .
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    It's an aquarium which includes a trip through a transparent tunnel while the fish and sharks swim all around you, and tanks of rays with feeding-time talks. .Bus routes 740-769.
  • Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens, [17].^ Held at the Auckland Botanic Gardens over the course of five days, the show features floral design exhibits and garden, art and market stalls.
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    ^ Regional Botanic Gardens, Hill Road Manurewa Auckland 1702 New Zealand +64 (0)9 309 7875 http://www.ellerslieflowershow...
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    .Located in Manurewa (South Auckland) has over 10,000 different plant types spread over 65 hectares with both natives and exotics
  • MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology), Great North Road, Western Springs, [18].^ It was pumped across the city via a huge steam-powered beam engine which is now the centrepiece at neighbouring MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology).
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    ^ Colonial Road, Highbury North Shore Auckland 1310 New Zealand +64 9 486 8670 (Tourist Information Centre) .
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    ^ Great North Road (Western Springs Lakeside) Auckland 1002 New Zealand +64 (0)9 379 2020 http://www.akcity.govt.nz/ .
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    Situated near the Zoo in Western Springs. $14 Adults, $7 Child & Senior citizens. Children under 5 free. It's an interactive museum with over 300,000 items. Look out for the WWII Avro Lancaster Bomber and the Solent Flying Boat in the Sir Keith Park Memorial Aviation Collection
  • Otara Flea Market. Every Sat, open from 6AM - 12 noon at the Otara Shopping Centre, Newbury St. Huge selection of clothes, household items and food. Otara has a large Polynesian and Maori population and the market reflects the culture of the area. Well worth a wander around. .For other markets see local city council websites.
  • Fearon Park Sports Stadium, named after the legendary anthropologist black Roy Fearon is also worth visiting.
  • The Waitakere Ranges [19] are Auckland’s best kept secret with stunning waterfalls, breathtaking views and rugged but beautiful beaches.^ On the inner city fringe is Grafton, location of Auckland Hospital, the ice-cream coloured Starship Children's Hospital and Auckland's major recreational park-the Domain, with its sports fields, Wintergardens, duck ponds and War Memorial Museum.
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    ^ Popular with Auckland's nightclub set, it also has one of the best views the city has to offer, as well as some fantastic cocktails and other beverages.
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    ^ The recently refurbished Civic Theatre is definitely worth a visit for its architectural beauty alone.
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    .Around 45 minutes drive from central Auckland.
  • Drive or walk up one of Auckland's many volcanic cones such as One Tree Hill or Mount Eden to experience panoramic views of the city, and to see sheep and cows in a major metropolitan area!
  • Climb the Auckland Harbour Bridge [20].
  • Do the Sky Jump [21], a cable controlled base jump from a height of 192m on the Sky Tower [22].^ The complex also has a hotel, many restaurants and bars, a theater and of course the 328-metre Sky Tower.
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    ^ Just a short walk east from the city center, Auckland Domain is New Zealand's oldest municipal park.
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    .Or try the Sky Walk [23], a walk around a 1.2m walkway with no hand rails.
  • Rainbow's End [24] is New Zealand's premier family-based theme park with many rides and attractions.^ Positioned on Fort Street and within walking distance of the bars and restaurants comprising Auckland, New Zealand's downtown entertainment district is Nomads Fat Camel.
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    ^ Park Road (Across Grafton Bridge) Auckland 1001 New Zealand +64 9 379 2020 (Tourist Information) http://www.aucklandcity.govt.n...
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    ^ Auckland, international gateway to New Zealand, is laid out with stylish informality around one of the most beautiful harbors in the world.
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    .Bus routes 471-472, 474, 487, 497.
  • Take a ferry from downtown to the volcanic island of Rangitoto that stands prominently near the entrance to the Waitemata Harbour.^ Rangitoto Island Highest volcanic cone in Auckland .
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    .Climb to the summit for fantastic views of the harbour and Auckland city.^ Bastion Point offers fine views out over the Hauraki Gulf and Waitemata Harbour as well as central Auckland.
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    ^ Whether your idea of heaven is champagne and harbour views, going hard with an international DJ, or downing espresso in a bustling city café, the "City of Sails" has it covered.
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    ^ Reaching the top of the Bridge walkers will be awe struck by the views out over the Hauraki Gulf and Auckland City.
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    Take a picnic or a swim.
  • Rent skates in Okahu Bay and take a scenic skate along Tamaki Drive.
  • Spend a day exploring the beauty of contemporary Maori culture in Auckland's city centre and urban bush sites.
Freyberg Place, an Auckland shopping plaza
Freyberg Place, an Auckland shopping plaza
Auckland is home to many established and up-and-coming local designers. .Karen Walker is on O'Connell St in the city centre, which is also the location of the MYHART store, stocking the New Zealand label Lonely Hearts Club, as well as Australian designers Tina Kalivas, Josh Goot and Gail Sorronda.^ Colonial Road, Highbury North Shore Auckland 1310 New Zealand +64 9 486 8670 (Tourist Information Centre) .
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^ Hauraki Gulf Auckland 1020 New Zealand +64 9 379 6476 (Department of Conservation Visitor Centre) .
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^ St Stephens Avenue Parnell Auckland 1001 New Zealand +64 9 303 9500 http://www.holy-trinity.org.nz/ .
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.High Street, parallel to O'Connell St, has local designer stores as well as international brands.^ Major international acts are in the line up as well as local New Zealand and Australian bands.
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^ The TV2 International Laugh Festival attracts well-known and rising comedy stars, both local and international.
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Look out for womenswear in Kate Sylvester, Ruby, Moochi, Ricochet, and the WORLD Luxury Store, stocking the eponymous label as well as items from international brands. For menswear, visit Little Brother, Crane Brothers, and WORLD Man. .For New Zealand and international brands, see Workshop, Brave, Browns and Fabric, along with Ashley Ardrey for shoes.^ It is also a regular venue on the Oddfellows New Zealand International Comedy Festival itinerary and has even hosted a New Zealand heavyweight boxing title fight!
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^ This is the annual major international comedy event in New Zealand.
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^ The Gallery contains the largest and most comprehensive collection of New Zealand and international art in the country.
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.Mala Brajkovic - rock and roll womenswear - is found on Vulcan Lane (off High St), along with the WORLD Beauty Store.^ You will find plenty of cafés in the central city too, with a particularly good cluster around High Street and Vulcan Lane.
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Made on Customs St West (parallel to Quay St, near to the Britomart transport centre). .Stocking international and New Zealand labels.^ It is also a regular venue on the Oddfellows New Zealand International Comedy Festival itinerary and has even hosted a New Zealand heavyweight boxing title fight!
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^ This is the annual major international comedy event in New Zealand.
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^ The Gallery contains the largest and most comprehensive collection of New Zealand and international art in the country.
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The Aotea Square markets (Queen Street) are held on Fridays and Saturdays and often feature original designers in addition to the usual market fare.
On Ponsonby Rd, find womenswear in Sera Lily, Miss Crabb, Hepburn, Jaimie Stocking local and international brands (Vivienne Westwood), IsaKelle, and various other stores, including Sybella for shoes.
.K' Rd (short for Karangahape Rd) has cultural stores such as Third Eye (Indian), Buana Satu (Polynesian), vintage stores like Fast and Loose and Vixen (St Kevin's Arcade), designer stores like Girl and Vicky Sudarath (both St Kevin's Arcade) and Adrian Hailwood.^ Hidden away at the very end of St Kevin's Arcade on "K' Road", Alleluya features nice views over Myers Park into the city.
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^ A trip down the stairs of St Kevin's Arcade is well worth it for a super-cool night out in Auckland.
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.Across the road from St Kevin's, find Illicit and Miss Illicit.^ Hidden away at the very end of St Kevin's Arcade on "K' Road", Alleluya features nice views over Myers Park into the city.
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Tattoos from Dermographic, also in Ponsonby.
Newmarket has outposts of the many stores listed above, as well as a few others. .Nuffield St is home to Lucy Boshier (a local designer), Trelise Cooper Kids (upscale kids clothing from the New Zealand designer), and Superette (predominantly Australian designers).^ Major international acts are in the line up as well as local New Zealand and Australian bands.
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^ Australian and New Zealand Studies in Canada 10 Dec (1993): 121-135.
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^ It is a good place to meet the locals drinking their Lion Red--a rather sweet New Zealand beer.
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Look to Teed St for Drop Dead Gorgeous - offering brands such as Stella McCartney, Chloe and 3.1 Phillip Lim and Muse offering international labels such as Diane von Furstenburg, James Perse, and Rebecca Taylor. .stenbeck&morse stocks directional New Zealand & Australian labels such as Jimmy D, Cybele, Deborah Sweeney and Josh Goot.^ Australian and New Zealand Studies in Canada 10 Dec (1993): 121-135.
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^ Australian and New Zealand Studies in Canada 4 Fall (1990): 57-71.
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^ Major international acts are in the line up as well as local New Zealand and Australian bands.
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  • The Viaduct Harbour provides upmarket dining, starting at $30 for mains.
  • Deve Bar & Brasserie, 460 New North Road, Kingsland, [25].^ Colonial Road, Highbury North Shore Auckland 1310 New Zealand +64 9 486 8670 (Tourist Information Centre) .
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    ^ Ponsonby Road Auckland 1001 New Zealand +64 (0)9 378 7766 / +64 (0)25 989 869 (Mobile) .
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    ^ Corner Quay & Hobson Streets Viaduct Harbour Auckland 1001 New Zealand +64 9 979 7070 http://www.aucklandnz.com/Visi...
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    Has top-notch beef & lamb amongst others. .A relaxed place, and the neighbourhood has other good restaurants, cafes and a couple of bars.
  • Saika Japanese Takeaway, Elliott St, [26].^ The buzzing cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants ply their trade late into the night.
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    ^ There are many lively cafes, restaurants, takeaway bars and pubs catering to all tastes and budgets, just across the road.
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    10AM-9PM (closed on national holidays). Common Japanese food. Gyudon, Katsudon, Chicken-don etc. Japanese-speaking staff available. Meals from $8.
  • Japanese Cuisine Bien, 55-65 Shortland St. Lunch M-F 11AM-3PM; dinner Tu-Sa 6-10PM. Sushi, teriyaki chicken rice bowl, eel, etc.
Meat pies are a popular New Zealand dish
Meat pies are a popular New Zealand dish
  • South Vietnam Restaurant, 39 Elliott St. Lunch: M-F 11AM-3PM, Su 11AM-10PM, closed on Saturdays. Dinner: Tu-Sa 5:30-10PM, closed on Mondays and national holidays. Lunch from $6.50, dinner from $12.
  • Valentine's Restaurant. Traditional buffet restaurants in many locations around Auckland.
  • New Orient Restaurant, Strand Arcade, Queen St. Chinese restaurant. A la carte or buffet options.
  • Hare Krishna Food For Life, 286 Karangahape Rd. $5 vegetarian dinner.
  • Korean Pancakes, High St opposite the New Gallery. $2.
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  • Finale Restaurant and Cabaret, 350 Karangahape Road, +64 (09) 377 4820. Buffet meal and drag cabaret shows.
  • Ariake Japanese Restaurant, corner Albert & Quay Streets, +64 (09) 379 2377. Lunch: M-Sa noon-2PM; dinner: M-Sa 6-10PM (9:30PM last order); closed on Su & public holidays.^ PO Box 3141, Shortland Street, Corner of Quay & Hobson Streets Viaduct Harbour Auckland 1001 New Zealand +64 9 373 0800 / +64 9 377 6000 / +64 800 7258 9726 (Free only in NZ) http://www.nzmaritime.org .
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    ^ Basement Level 179 Karangahape Road Auckland 1001 New Zealand +64 (0)9 303 1673 .
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    ^ Civic Theatre Corner Queen and Wellesley Streets Auckland 1001 New Zealand +64 4 385 0162 http://www.enzedff.co.nz .
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    Cheap ($12) lunch specials. Serving most Japanese dishes, but no teppanyaki.
  • Sushi Bento, Parnell Village, Parnell Rd. Premier sushi destination.
  • Burger Fuel, Parnell Rd and Dominion Rd (Mt Eden). Delicious gourmet burgers.
  • Mezze Bar, Little High St Arcade. Serves tapas and other dishes. .Often busy but worth the wait.
  • Al Volo Pizzeria, 27 Mt Eden Road, +64 (09) 302 2500, [27].^ Accessible by both road and path, Mt Eden offers extensive views out over Auckland into the Hauraki Gulf and beyond.
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    ^ Enfield Street Mt Eden Auckland 1003 New Zealand +64 (0)9 630 3055 .
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    ^ Mt Eden Road Mt Eden Auckland 1003 New Zealand +64 (0)9 377 3488 http://www.powerstation.co.nz .
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    5-9:30PM, til 10:30 Fri and Sat, Closed Mondays. Limited seating, but you can order from the Corner Bar across the street. No delivery. $15-25.  .'eat', 'Auckland');return false;" title="click to edit Al Volo Pizzeria">edit
  • Mexicali Fresh, Prince's Wharf, +64 09 307-2419, [28].^ Queen Street Aotea Square Auckland 1001 New Zealand +64 9 307 5060 http://www.the-edge.co.nz/auck...
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    ^ Queen Street (The Edge, Aotea Square) Auckland 1001 New Zealand +64 9 307 5060 http://www.the-edge.co.nz/auck...
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    ^ Level 7, Hewlett Packard Building Prince's Wharf Auckland 1001 New Zealand +64 (0)9 300 9966 http://www.coastbar.co.nz .
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    11AM-10PM. Fast, fresh & healthy Mexican food on Auckland's waterfront $13.50.  edit
  • The SKYCITY entertainment complex, cr Federal & Victoria Streets, has a dozen restaurants for all tastes and budgets, [29] including the authentic Spanish Tapas bar Bellota, [30], the fine dining dine by Peter Gordon, [31] and the revolving restaurant Orbit, [32].
.For kosher food, the Auckland Jewish Community Centre, which includes the Auckland Hebrew Congregation, has a kosher shop located on Greys Avenue, Auckland CBD (right next door to the Duxton Hotel) and is open every day except Mondays, Saturdays and Jewish festivals.^ About 120 features and a similar number of short movies are shown each festival, not only in Auckland, but also in Wellington and with selected highlights in other regional centres.
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^ Viaduct Harbour Avenue (CBD Waterfront) Auckland 1001 New Zealand +64 9 300 6682 http://www.viaduct.co.nz/ .
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^ Lower Greys Avenue Auckland 1001 New Zealand +64 (0)9 366 0339 http://www.silotheatre.co.nz/ .
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It includes a large range of kosher products.
There are some good cheap food courts (food halls) offering a variety of usually Asian foods. For downtown food halls, try next to the Queens' Arcade at the bottom of Queen St (slightly hidden entrance), or the Metro award winning one at the bottom of Albert St. The Ponsonby International food court [33] has the cheapest eats in this somewhat pricey neighbourhood with the Mexican stall a standout among the Asian stalls.
  • Nishiki, Robata-Yaki Bar, 100 Wellington Street, +64 (0)9 376 7104, [34]. 6p-11p, closed on Mondays. Great Japanese restaurant. Requires reservation for all days of the week. Great value for money! $10-25. .(36°51'8.48S,174°45'5.19E) edit
  • The Dominion, 234 Dominion Rd, (corner of Dominion and Valley Roads), Mt Eden, +64 9 623 2121, [35].^ Enfield Street Mt Eden Auckland 1003 New Zealand +64 (0)9 630 3055 .
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    ^ Mt Eden Road Mt Eden Auckland 1003 New Zealand +64 (0)9 377 3488 http://www.powerstation.co.nz .
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    ^ Dominion Road P.O. Box 56 024 Auckland 1030 New Zealand +64 9 638 7073 http://www.akl-phil.co.nz/ .
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    Bar, restaurant, and cocktail bar. .Handy to Eden Park. (-36.875789,174.751489) edit
  • Blue Bird Vegetarian Cafe, 299 Dominion Rd, Mt Eden, +64 9 6234900, [36].^ Enfield Street Mt Eden Auckland 1003 New Zealand +64 (0)9 630 3055 .
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    ^ Mt Eden Road Mt Eden Auckland 1003 New Zealand +64 (0)9 377 3488 http://www.powerstation.co.nz .
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    Vegetarian cafe located in the Valley Rd shops. .Along with the usual cakes and coffees, they serve tasty bowls with a either rice, potato or kumara, and a selection of toppings.^ Food is simple but tasty and Italian in character, such as panini and biscotti served with Santos coffee and fresh juices.
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    [37]
    $7 - $15.  .'eat', 'Auckland');return false;" title="click to edit Blue Bird Vegetarian Cafe">edit
  • The Camel Bar, Fort Street, [38].^ Queen Street's The Classic Comedy is both a warm, friendly bar and Auckland's premier comedy venue.
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    .Part of a hostel and has nightly activities including live music and quiz nights.
  • Cock & Bull English Pubs, [39].^ The pub features live music, mainly jazz, from Thursday through to Sunday evenings, with local bands and artists.
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    .Various locations throughout Auckland.
  • Galbraiths Alehouse, 2 Mt Eden Rd, Eden Terrace, [40].^ Enfield Street Mt Eden Auckland 1003 New Zealand +64 (0)9 630 3055 .
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    ^ Mt Eden Road Mt Eden Auckland 1003 New Zealand +64 (0)9 377 3488 http://www.powerstation.co.nz .
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    .A brewery and pub, with a great selection of traditional beer and wine.
  • The Patriot, 14 Victoria St, Devonport.^ Who could ask for anything more than good traditional pub food washed down with hand-crafted beer?
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    ^ The London Bar is a British-style pub with a huge beer selection and excellent live jazz.
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    Devonport's only British pub. .Has a great beer garden.
  • Deschlers, 17 High St, City Centre.^ Deschlers has a great range of beers and cocktails--all expertly made by experienced staff.
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    ^ This café is located on a character-rich pedestrian lane between Queen Street and High Street, right in the city centre.
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    .Stop here for delicious cocktails and jazz.
  • The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe, 6 Vulcan Lane, City Centre.^ Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe Belgian beer and mussels .
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    ^ Occidental Belgian Cafe offers real Belgian beers on tap and great pots of mussels, Belgian style.
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    ^ This café is located on a character-rich pedestrian lane between Queen Street and High Street, right in the city centre.
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    A popular place with the after-work crowd. .Serves traditional Belgian beers alongside mussels and frites.
  • Shadows Bar, University of Auckland campus.^ Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe Belgian beer and mussels .
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    ^ Occidental Belgian Cafe offers real Belgian beers on tap and great pots of mussels, Belgian style.
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    ^ The Occidental Belgian Café has a Belgian theme with traditional beers and food.
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    Student bar with decent prices.
  • Cassette Number 9, Vulcan Lane. .A new bar and club featuring different music nights.
  • SKYCITY entertainment complex, cr Federal & Victoria Streets, [41].^ Deschlers Bar found fame as a modern jazz venue, and live bands feature several nights a week.
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    ^ Corner Victoria and Federal Streets Auckland 1001 New Zealand +64 (0)9 912 6000 http://www.skycity.co.nz .
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    Has a dozen bars & cafes, including the authentic Spanish Tapas bar Bellota, [42].
  • Northern Steamship, 122 Quay St, [43]. A Mac's brewbar with a unique eclectic decor, including hundreds of antique lampshades.
  • Bar Tabac, 6 Mills Lane, [44]. In a rustic heritage building in the back streets of downtown Auckland and is co-owned by musician Neil Finn of Crowded House.
.For gay and lesbian nightlife in central Auckland, K Road and Ponsonby Road have a number of bars.^ Ponsonby Road Ponsonby Auckland 1001 New Zealand +64 (0)9 378 8431 .
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^ Ponsonby Road Auckland 1001 New Zealand +64 (0)9 378 7766 / +64 (0)25 989 869 (Mobile) .
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^ On Ponsonby Road , big fun can always be found at the tiny bar Lime .
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GayNZ [45] is worth checking out for specific info on gay and gay friendly places to go.
  • Airport Skyway Lodge, 30 Kirkbride Road, Mangere, 0800 726 880, (email@skywaylodge.com), [46]. Comfortable airport transfer service and very friendly staff. Car hire possible. .Prices from $31 to $89 + motel units available.
  • Bamber House, 22 View Rd, Mt Eden (from Queen Street at the IMAX-Theatre, catch buses 255-258 to first stop View Rd), + 64 (09)623-4267 (Fax: +64 (09)623-4267, email:bamber@ihug.co.nz), [47].^ Queen Street (The Edge, Aotea Square) Auckland 1001 New Zealand +64 9 307 5060 http://www.the-edge.co.nz/auck...
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    ^ Queen Street Auckland Central Auckland 91285 New Zealand +64 (0)9 302 3940 http://www.realgroovy.co.nz .
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    ^ Civic Theatre Corner Queen and Wellesley Streets Auckland 1001 New Zealand +64 4 385 0162 http://www.enzedff.co.nz .
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    Prices from $25 (dormitory) to $66 (double).
  • BK Hostel, 3 Mercury Lane, +64 (*09) 307-0052, [48]. They do not have dorm rooms, but single/twin/triple rooms from $40/$50/$81. Nice atmosphere, kitchen and laundry.
Queen Street Backpackers
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Queen Street Backpackers
  • Queen Street Backpackers, 4 Fort Street, City Centre, Phone: +64 (09)373-3471 Fax: +64 (09)358-2412, Email:info@qsb.co.nz, [49].^ Located in Auckland, New Zealand, the Auckland Central Backpackers hotel stands in the city center adjacent to Queen Street shops, restaurants and bars.
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    Shared rooms starting from $25 to private rooms for $65.
  • Nomads Fat Camel Backpackers Hostel & The Camel Bar, 38 Fort Street, City Centre, Phone: +64 (09)307-0181 (Fax: (09)307-0182, email:bookings@fatcamel.co.nz), [50]. Free supper. .Prices from $24 (dormitory) to $72 (standard double room).
  • Nomads Auckland Backpackers Hostel & Fusion Bar, 16-20 Fort Street, City Centre, +64 (09)300-9999 (Email:info@nomadsfusion.com), [51].^ Located in Auckland, New Zealand, the Auckland Central Backpackers hotel stands in the city center adjacent to Queen Street shops, restaurants and bars.
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    ^ Nomads Fat Camel - Hostel / Backpacker .
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    ^ Auckland City Hotel - Hobson Street .
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    Prices from $26 (dormitory) to $99 (standard double room).
  • Topfloor Backpackers, Wellesley Street West (on the corner of Wellesley and Albert Street, across post office), +64-9-3 74 42 37, [52]. Easygoing, friendly, cheap. Dorms from $18. Doubles $52
  • The Brown Kiwi, 7 Prosford St, Ponsonby, +64 (09)378-0191 (Fax: (09)378-0191, email:bookings@brownkiwi.co.nz ), [53]. Prices from $25 (dormitory) to $66 (double).
  • The Calico Lodge, 250 Matua Road, (64) 9 4128167. Boutique bed and breakfast
  • Verandahs Backpacker Lodge, 6 Hopetoun Street, +64 (09)360-4180 (Fax: (09)360-9465, email: info@verandahs.co.nz), [54]. Prices from $26 (dormitory) to $70 (double).
  • Beresford B & B Homestay, Beresford St, Bayswater, North Shore, +64 9 445-3959, [55]. .Short walk to ferry, 10 minute trip across harbour to downtown Auckland.
  • Aachen House, 39 Market Road, Remuera, +64 (09) 520-2329 (Fax: +64-9-5242898), [56].^ Omaha Beach, Auckland , Walk to beautiful Omaha beach in minutes.
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    Upscale bed and breakfast. $300-600 (varies by size and season).
  • Amitees Hotel, 237 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, +64 (09) 378-6325. A comfortable B&B outside the hustle of the city centre.
Auckland Hilton with Sky Tower in background
Auckland Hilton with Sky Tower in background
  • Hyatt Regency Auckland, cnr Princes St & Waterloo Quadrant (in the city centre), +64 9 355 1234 (), [57]. checkin: 12PM; checkout: 3PM. Has views of the harbour and parks, a nice spa and a pool.  edit
  • Langham Hotel Auckland, 83 Symonds Street. (PO Box 2771), +64 (09)379 5132 (Fax: +64-9-3779367), [58]. Five-star luxury hotel. (prices vary by season).
  • SKYCITY Grand Hotel, 88 Federal Street, [59]. .Five-star luxury hotel.
  • Braemar, 7 Parliament St, Auckland Central, +64 9 377 5463; Fax +64 9 377 3056, [60].^ Located in Auckland, New Zealand, the Auckland Central Backpackers hotel stands in the city center adjacent to Queen Street shops, restaurants and bars.
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    ^ Waldorf St Martins Apartments Hotel is located in Auckland, New Zealand.
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    Beautifully renovated 1901 Edwardian townhouse.
  • Heritage Hotel, Albert Street, +64 (09) 379-8553.
  • Hilton Auckland, Princess Wharf, 147 Quay Street, +64 (09) 978-2000. A modern waterfront building.
  • Ventura Inn & Suites Auckland Airport, 14 Airpark Drive, Airport Oaks, +64 (09) 275-4540, [61]. .Closest accommodation to Auckland International Airport.
  • Quest Serviced Apartments, 363 Queen Street, +64 (0)9 300 2200, [62].^ Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next > Holiday homes, baches, cribs, apartments and holiday house accommodation for rent in Auckland.
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    ^ Auckland Central City, Auckland , A large and modern 2 bedroom Serviced Apartment of 132sqm located… .
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    ^ Albany, Auckland , Quality, furnished 1,2 & 3 bedroom apartments (most of which accommodate a… .
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    Close to Aotea Centre, the Town Hall, restaurants and shopping. .Has 70 studio, one and two bedroom serviced apartments all with kitchen and laundry facilities.  edit
  • Kudos Business Apartments, 203 Kirkbride Road, Mangere (3 minutes from airport).^ One Bedroom Apartment .
    • Auckland Hotels Accommodation New Zealand Book Reservations Online 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.whatsonnz.com [Source type: General]

    Has 12 x 2 bedroom serviced apartments with fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities.  edit

Stay safe

Auckland is generally a fairly safe place to visit. Be vigilant as you would in any other cities in the world, and with a little bit of common sense you will be safe. Being part of a group is obviously safer than walking about alone, particularly for women. Try to stay in lit areas and avoid dark side streets. Consider carefully where you leave your car especially if you park it in daylight and will have to relocate it after nightfall. .Theft from cars is a common problem in New Zealand, so don't leave valuables in your vehicle, or at least make sure they're hidden from sight.^ Auckland's population is approximately 1.3 million, making it by far the largest city in New Zealand, with nearly one third of the country's entire population.
  • Cheap Flights to Auckland, New Zealand | Flight Network 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.flightnetwork.com [Source type: News]

The local emergency contact number is 111 for all Police, Fire and St John Ambulances, from a mobile phone, the numbers 111, 112, 911 and 999 will all work too.
Friday and Saturday nights can be dangerous on the road due to the high rate of drunk driving and "boy racer" culture. Excessive speed, poor vehicle maintenance and bad driving attitudes can result in fatal crashes and care should be exercised.
Areas in central Auckland to be vigilant around: [not in any order of dangerousness]
Karangahape Road (K Rd): A large number of pubs and clubs are located here, however, care should be taken late at night as assaults and theft can occur.
.Lower Queen Street: During the day this is a repectable shopping area but care should be taken after dark as there will be few pedestrians about.^ Located in Auckland, New Zealand, the Auckland Central Backpackers hotel stands in the city center adjacent to Queen Street shops, restaurants and bars.
  • Auckland Hotels Accommodation New Zealand Book Reservations Online 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.whatsonnz.com [Source type: General]

^ Chifley Suites Auckland is two blocks from the Sky Tower and Queen Street’s shopping and dining.
  • Auckland Hotels Accommodation New Zealand Book Reservations Online 10 February 2010 11:44 UTC www.whatsonnz.com [Source type: General]

A number of homeless people sleep around this area, they won't hurt you, and if you do have to go here at night time, walk quickly or in a group and you'll generally be fine.
Fort Street: Once the centre of Auckland's red light district. Fort St is now considered backpackers street with 3 major backpackers calling it home. During the day you can drink at one of Fort Streets many cafes and dance the night away in one of Fort Streets many bars.
High Street/Vulcan lane: During the day this is an elegant and upmarket shopping area but care should be taken late at night as assaults and theft can occur.
Viaduct Harbour: A large number of bars are located here and care should be taken late at night as intoxication levels rise.
  • Midcity, 54 Wellesley Street, Opposite the ASB Bank (corner of Albert and Wellesley Streets). They are open 24/7. This is probably the best internet cafe in the city and have the fastest and most reliable computers / network. Rates are $3NZD per hour, or $4 for a card with 2 hours access or $6 for 4 hours, which expires within 24 hours. A $5 refundable deposit is required for cards. Other notable cafes include HTC Internet Cafe at 63 Wakefield St.
There are many internet cafes around the CBD area with prices ranging from $1 per half an hour to $5 per hour, however free internet is available from the public library (limited to 2x 15min sessions per day). There are 40 HotSpots that offer WiFi connectivity, most notably Esquires cafe (inside Skycity Queen Street, Middle Queen Street, Lower Queen Street, Nelson Street), Starbucks (Victoria Street, K' Road, Lower Queen Street) and various other cafes around Auckland.
.See the New Zealand article for information about mobile phone and associated data networks.^ Whether you are a new or prospective migrant to Auckland, moving to Auckland or looking to move to another suburb within Auckland, you can start looking for information about Auckland's many suburbs & neighbourhoods right here.

Get out

Go wine tasting on Waiheke Island. Waiheke is home to some fantastic wines and has some of the best beaches in the area. Can get crowded during the weekends, but very quiet during the week. It seems a world away from Auckland, but is only 35 minutes by ferry.
Rotorua, Hamilton, Waitomo Caves and Taupo are all within several hours drive and all have a lot to offer.
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  1. The largest conurbation in New Zealand.

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[[File:|right|225px|thumb|Auckland at night]]

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand. About 1.4 million people live in the Auckland region.[1] For a short time in New Zealand's history it was the capital city, but now Wellington is the capital.

Auckland is situated on two harbours : the Manukau and Waitemata harbours. It is known as the "City of Sails" because there are so many sailing boats in the city. The nearby Hauraki Gulf has many different islands and provides safe anchorage and interesting sailing.

Auckland is built on a series of dormant (asleep) volcanoes. The youngest and largest of these is called Rangitoto, an island just a few kilometres from the City centre. It has many pohutukawas, native trees also known as the New Zealand Christmas tree because of their brilliant red flowers which bloom in December.

Changes are being made to the way the city of Auckland is run. There are 7 local councils each with a mayor. The change will give Auckland one mayor and one council. The new mayor will have more power to make decisions than the current mayors have. There is ongoing debate about whether the new way will be better than the old way.

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