Destination: Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland is a city unlike any other. With incredible natural wonders on the doorstep of a world class city, Auckland is the perfect short break destination.
Only a short three hour flight from Australia’s eastern coast, Auckland allows you to hike through a rainforest in the day, and discover the best of vibrant nightlife that night. Only here can you wander through grape-vines and a colourful shopping precinct in the same afternoon. Only in Auckland can you kayak to a volcano in the morning, and enjoy world class cuisine and five star accommodation that night.
New Zealand's indigenous Māori people called this land Tāmaki Makaurau, a maiden desired by a hundred lovers. It was a place fought over for its vast riches, including its forested hills, productive volcanic soils and harbours full of seafood. The name still holds true, as Auckland's lifestyle is ranked amongst the best in the world.
In fact, Auckland is rated the third most liveable city in the world on the Mercer Quality of Living scale and has just been named as one of the top 10 most liveable cities in the world by The Economist.
The ATHop card is Auckland's prepay transport card; it will save you money on transport if you're planning to be in the city for a few days.
• Buses connect all parts of the city and run frequently, especially on weekdays. Fares start from NZ$1 cash per segment (or NZ$0.50 with ATHop).
• Trains service some central, southern and western suburbs. Fares start at NZ$2.50 per stage (NZ$1.80 with ATHop).
• Ferries run between downtown Auckland, the North Shore and East Auckland, as well as Auckland’s islands. Fares cost from NZ$6.20 cash (NZ$4.50 with ATHop). Note that ATHop is not valid on all ferry services.
• From Auckland Airport, the SkyBus costs NZ$16 into the city. Airport shuttles are also available, costing from NZ$35.
Download the AT Public Transport app to plan your journey, see fares and get real time updates on when your transport will arrive.
Things to do in Auckland
• Auckland Museum - http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/
• Sculptureum - https://www.sculptureum.nz/
• Brick Bay Wines & Sculpture Trail - https://www.newzealand.com/au/plan/business/brick-bay-wines-and-sculpture-trail-4465371/
• Sky Tower - https://www.skycityauckland.co.nz/sky-tower/
• Big Foodie Tour - http://www.thebigfoody.com/
• Great Barrier Island - https://www.newzealand.com/au/great-barrier-island/
• Auckland shopping experiences - https://www.newzealand.com/au/feature/top-auckland-shopping-experiences/
• Hauraki Gulf and Islands - https://www.newzealand.com/au/feature/hauraki-gulf-and-islands/
• Explore the Wine Regions - https://www.newzealand.com/au/feature/wineries-in-auckland/
In the heart of Auckland city, you’ll find a concentration of food and wine precincts that boast something for everyone’s taste and budget. There is a world of flavours to explore at Britomart, Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter. Located close to the Waitemata Harbour, they are ideal for casual eating, enjoying a chilled glass of wine or an elegant evening experience.
Enjoy great food and wine by the water’s edge at Viaduct Harbour, overlooking an impressive backdrop of sleek superyachts. It’s the perfect spot for a casual lunch and a chilled glass of wine by day, or an elegant evening experience.
The Federal Street district is Auckland’s newest foodie precinct. Federal Street features more than 20 bars and eateries, a number of them led by internationally renowned chefs, including Al Brown, Peter Gordon, Sean Connolly and Nic Watt. Indulge in freshly shucked oysters, authentic tapas, exquisite Italian, Japanese robata and contemporary New Zealand cuisine. Linger later with a fine New Zealand wine or designer cocktail.
Following an edgy makeover, Britomart is one of the stars of Auckland’s dining scene. The superb food from this eclectic collection of hip cafés, bars and restaurants is complemented by funky new fitouts, from a revamped industrial garage to minimalist modern spaces. Keep it casual with artisan French pastries and great coffee, or indulge in contemporary Vietnamese, Japanese, Mexican, fresh seafood, or something sweet at the specialty dessert restaurant.
The inner-city suburb of Ponsonby epitomises Auckland’s urban style. Enduring favourites sit alongside stylish new cafés and restaurants, including those in popular Ponsonby Central, a laneway of hip bars, street vendor-style eateries and an organic produce market.
The buzzing restaurants that line the redeveloped Wynyard Quarter waterfront precinct bring locals and visitors together to enjoy a meal and drinks with beautiful harbour views. Menus range from delectable European and Asian to seafood caught fresh from local waters. The precinct’s first restaurants on North Wharf are now joined by new establishments on Jellicoe Street, offering American Southern soul food, traditional Thai, a craft beer bar and restaurant and many more dining choices.