Overview of Auckland

 

The ‘City of Sails’ boasts peaceful harbours and offers the soothing sight of boats bobbing lazily in its surrounding waters. Auckland is situated on a narrow strip of land flanked by two magnificent harbours to its north and south. Spanned by the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Waitemata Harbour is a dominant feature of the very city centre, while the shallow Manukau Harbour to the south leads out into the embrace of the Tasman Sea.

Our UK Travel Managers can bring the best of Auckland to you. All those lazy sails and the laid-back Kiwi sensibility help make this a supremely relaxing city to visit. The vibrant waterfront gained global recognition when Auckland hosted the America's Cup, and the choice of waterside restaurants and cafes remains second to none.

Auckland more than justifies its seafaring nickname: there is a larger boat-to-person ratio here than anywhere else on earth. Every weekend the waters of the Hauraki Gulf come alive with a flotilla of colourful sails, which will certainly delight any sailing enthusiast. Even for those who prefer to keep their feet on dry land, the sight is truly spectacular – and the city offers plenty more besides.

Auckland is the largest and most cosmopolitan city in New Zealand and acts as a major gateway to the rest of the country. Yet, the city is also a highlight in itself, and you will want to leave time to explore it fully.

The atmosphere in Auckland is unique for such an important city. It is one of the least densely populated cities in the world, covering an area twice the size of London but with barely a million inhabitants.

This friendly small-town atmosphere and relaxed pace of life cast a spell over visitors and make for a very enjoyable stay. Beyond the downtown area, dominated by the Sky Tower – the southern hemisphere's tallest building – the city sprawls nonchalantly outwards, with low-slung buildings and wooden houses among leafy parks and walking tracks. The suburbs curl themselves around picturesque bays and harbours, with volcanic hills providing a delightful backdrop or, for those fancying a stroll, panoramic views over the beautiful city.

Auckland’s biggest surprise is its transformation at night. Having lulled you into a false sense of security with its tranquil daytime demeanour you will be amazed to see the city come alive at night. With clubs, bars, cinemas, dance clubs and pubs, Auckland is New Zealand’s nightlife capital. Whether you are a businessman, high-flyer or student you will find plenty of excitement around areas such as High Street, Ponsonby, Viaduct Harbour, Parnell and Karangahape Street.

Climate

The climate of Auckland is generally warm and wet, almost sub-tropical. Summer months (December to February) are warm with high humidity and winters are mild and damp. The average daily temperature during summer is 23 degrees Celsius (74 degrees Fahrenheit), while in winter (June to August) this drops to 14 degrees Celsius (57 degrees Fahrenheit).

Language

The official languages of New Zealand are English and Maori.

Passport Visa

Visitors to New Zealand must have on onward ticket. A visa is not always necessary, but there is a range available to allow you to visit for a holiday or to visit friends and family. There are also some special visas that allow other activities like short term study or some business activities. Please check rules around visa requirements before you travel, as they may change regularly.

Safety

Auckland may have the highest crime rate in New Zealand, but it is still low compared to other cities such as London and New York. As ever, travellers should take the usual sensible precautions to safeguard their belongings.

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Get down in Auckland’s nightspots or chill out by its harbours: contact Simplexity’s Travel Managers today to arrange your perfect New Zealand holiday. Call 0203 535 9290 or email info@simplexitytravel.com.

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