Why go to Auckland?
Auckland is one of the world's most diverse cities, boasting great beaches, a vibrant city life, and many attractions for visitors of all ages and cultures. The city has a thriving waterfront scene, with trendy bars and cafes galore. Water sports are an integral part of life in Auckland, and there are many opportunities for boating or surfing along with more extreme sports. Auckland is home to the Southern Hemisphere's tallest building, the 328 metre Sky Tower, where thrill seekers can engage in an adrenalin-pumping outdoor walk some 600 feet above the city.
Auckland is a shopper's paradise, from quirky boutiques and antique shops in Parnell to numerous shopping precincts and malls. Outside the city are vineyards and wineries, while those seeking a great night out can head for a casino or nightclub. The Snowplanet indoor snow centre is an ideal destination for the kids, while other theme parks, gardens and museusm offer a wealth of things to do. A sea life centre has recently opened, while a short 30 minute flight takes you to the stunning Great Barrier Island, home to diverse wildlife and extraordinary beaches. The city is considered safe and welcoming to all visitors.
How far is the airport from the city centre and what major airlines fly to Auckland?
Auckland is served by one major airport, the busiest in New Zealand. Located approximately 20 kilometres south of the city, flights arrive on a regular basis from most major airports in the UK including Manchester, Heathrow, and Gatwick. Major operators that fly from the UK include Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Virgin, KLM and British Airways.
How to get to city centre from the airport?
Getting to Auckland is simple. The AIRBUS Express operates a 24 hour service connecting the airport with the city centre, while other bus services are also available. Taxi services are plentiful and can be booked from the arrivals hall. It is also easy to rent a car at the airport and drive via one of the two state highways which allow easy access to the different areas of the city.
What are the visa requirements for British and non-EU nationals?
British tourists arriving in New Zealand will be granted access upon arrival for a period of up to six months providing they can give evidence of a permanent address and residence in the UK. If you're intending to work or study in New Zealand or stay for a longer period you will need to obtain a visa from the New Zealand High Commission, which can take several weeks. Residents of certain countries are exempt from any visa requirements for visiting New Zealand - the list is available from Immigration New Zealand and on the Internet.
How to get around Auckland?
One of the best ways to get around New Zealand is by car. Renting a car or van allows you to see the country at your own pace; the country has an excellent road system, which is considered very safe and easy to navigate. The country also has a very efficient public transport network, including buses, trains and an excellent coach system which links the major cities and offers competitive fares.
What’s the best time to visit Auckland?
New Zealand is a great place to visit in any season. The climate is very similar to the UK, with few temperature extremes. Auckland has a very moderate climate, with temperatures ranging from around 8°C in the winter to 25°C in the summer. Rainfall can happen at any time, so be prepared for all weathers!