Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, there are almost 400,000 people living within the city’s boundary and 1.18 million in the greater Auckland area – that’s about a third of the entire country’s population. The city’s population is expected to grow by about 50% over the next 50 years.
Built on a narrow isthmus between two island-studded harbours, Auckland is known for its beauty, with 100km of coastline crammed with stunning beaches, 23 regional parks, two marine reserves and a landscape dotted with 48 volcanic cones. With all the water surrounding the region, it’s no wonder Aucklanders boast the largest boat ownership per capita in the world – that’s why it’s called “The City of Sails”.
While English is the main written and spoken language, Auckland is recognised as having the largest concentration of Polynesian people in the world, and you’ll hear many people speaking Maori, or Polynesian and Asian languages.
Waiheke Island Day Tour – Fullers Ferries
This stunning island just off the Auckland coast boasts 92 square kms of beautiful beaches, vineyards, olive groves, native bush and laid back seaside villages. It is a great day out from Auckland as well as a superb holiday destination or a weekend getaway.
Departure: On the hour between 9am & 5pm (with extra early morning and evening sailings). The 9am, 11am, 1pm & 3pm sailings go via Devonport
Ferry Price: Adult $35.50, Child $17.80, Family $95.00
Length of Ferry journey: 40-50 minutes (some ferries go via Devonport which makes the journey slightly longer).
Book online or call +64 9 367 9111
Rangitoto Island can be explored either on foot, or by 4WD road-train on a Fullers Volcanic Explorer tour. There are many bush walks you can do or the Volcanic Explorer road-train will take you to the island’s key sights.
Departure: Weekdays 9:15am, 10:30am and 12:15pm return 12:45pm or 3:30pm.
Ferry Price: Adult $28.00, Child $14.00, Family $69.00, Senior $25.00
(Between Devonport and Rangitoto)
Departure: Weekdays 9:25am and 12:25pm return 12:45pm and 3:30pm.
Length of Ferry journey – Approx. 25 minutes.
What you need to bring:
- Sun hat and sun screen
- Plenty of water. Snacks/lunch (there are no shops on the island, but you can buy provisions on the ferry).
- Sturdy walking shows
- A torch if you wish to explore the lava caves.
Book Online or call: +64 9 367 9111
Motutapu, which means Sacred Island, has a rich history dating back to the Jurassic period, and is one of the oldest islands in the Hauraki Gulf. The island is home to farmland, scenic walking tracks, World War II gun emplacements and spectacular views of the Gulf. Since 1994 the Motutapu Restoration Trust’s volunterrs have planted over 500,000 native trees and are working hard to restore the natural and cultural landscape of Motutapu. Find out more, and how you can help at www.motutapu.org.nz
A truly captivating experience awaits visitors to Auckland’s Sky Tower. At 328 metres, it is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and offers breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction.
Travel up in the glass-fronted lifts to one of the three spectacular viewing platforms, or for more thrills and excitement, SkyWalk around the pergola at 192 metre up or SkyJump off the Tower!
Experience Peter Gordon’s chic and elegant restaurant – The Sugar Club, relax with a coffee or light refreshments at Sky Lounge or dine at Orbit – Auckland’s only 360-degree revolving restaurant.
Sky Tower is one of New Zealand’s most exhilarating and spectacular tourist attractions, you will be amazed at what you can see and do under one roof!
The rush is unbeatable! Leap off the famous Auckland Sky Tower and fall 192 metres straight down. An unforgettable experience for true daredevils, base-jump by wire off the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand.
SkyJump operates from 10am – 6pm daily.
For more information, please phone +64 9 368 1835
Book at www.skyjump.co.nz
Take in the spectacular views of Auckland while walking around the 1.2 metre wide platform a dizzying 192 metres up! A full body harness and overhead safety lines keep you safe as you walk the edge of Sky Tower’s pergola.
For more information and to book , please phone +64 9 368 1835 or visit www.skywalk.co.nz
Galleries and Exhibitions
Open daily, Monday to Sunday 10am – 5pm
Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sundays and public holidays: Closed
Cafe: Open daily – 9:30am to 5pm
Shop: Open daily, - 10am to 5pm
Adults – a $10 donation is suggested from adults. Aucklanders will not be asked to make an admission contribution.
Children – Children and students aged 15 years and under are free. Special exhibition charges may apply*
Groups – a service fee per person inclusive of GST at 15% is applicable. No commissions payable. Bookings are essential. Find out more about group bookings.
Guided Tours – Available for both casual and booked visits. Find out more about guided tours.
Bookings recommended at the ticket desks, +64 9 306 7048. A booking fee of $3.00 applies to each offsite transaction.
Auckland Art Gallery
Open daily from 10am-5pm.
Entry to the Gallery is free.
Charges may apply to special exhibitions.
Free tours are available daily – check their tours page for more information.
Overview – free Gallery tours start from the main entrance at 11:30am and 1:30pm daily.
Tours are up to one hour long. If standing and walking for long periods is difficult for you, please let your guide know prior to the start of the tour so arrangements can be made.
Organised tours for groups are available by arrangement. A charge applies. Please phone +64 9 307 7728 for further information.
We would appreciate if groups of 10 or more could book at least a fortnight in advance of your planned visit whether you intend a guided or self-guided visit.
Photography and copy right rules are in place at the Auckland Art Gallery with signage posted around the building of what can and cannot be photographed e.g. Maori portraits of known ancestors.
From North to South and East to West, from week day to weekend, whether you seek vintage upcycled-craftiness, locally-grown produce or ethnic foodie delights, you will find them all here in our one-stop guide to the markets of Auckland.
Artisans in Avondale Market
What: This new Auckland market features a collaboration of local arts and crafts people showing and selling their unique wares in the historic setting of St Ninian’s Church Hall. One off and unusual items of clothing, jewellery, paintings, baby items.
Where: St Ninian’s Church Hall, 17 Georges Bay Road, Avondale, Auckland.
When: Last Saturday and Sunday of each month, from 10am – 3pm, December market or Sunday 8th.
Auckland Fish Market
What: At this seafood market there is a wholesale fresh fish auction from 5am, seafood restaurants, an on-site cooking school and often live music while you dine.
Where: 22 Jellicoe Street, Auckland Waterfront.
When: Open 7 days per week, Thursdays Live 5-9pm and Sunday Fundays, first Sunday of every month from noon – 4pm.
More information: http://www.afm.co.nz/
Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market
What: Community owned and operated Farmers’ Market located in the heart of Grey Lynn also offering workshops on gardening, preserving etc.
Where: Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Road, Auckland; and on the last Sunday of the month located outdoors at 449 Richmond Road.
When: Every Sunday from 9am – 12:30pm
More Information: http://glfm.co.nz/
What: Seasonal produce, wonderful baked goods, smoked and dry-cured meats, flowers, coffee, bread, living herbs, spices, Mediterranean specialties, sweets, nuts and preserves.
Where: 69 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell, Auckland
When: Every Saturday from 8:30am – 1:30pm and Sunday from 9am – 1:30pm
More Information: http://www.lacigale.co.nz/wawcs0111832/Market.html
This is only a small handful of the markets that are out there in Auckland. They range from the Central Suburbs, West Auckland, North Shore, further north, South Auckland, further south andEast Auckland. Take a look at the link provided for more information on all markets Auckland has to offer. http://www.aucklandmarkets.co.nz/