Soak in the multicultural pleasures of Auckland. New Zealand’s largest city has a diverse heritage of Asian, European, Polynesian and Maori influences. Auckland is characterized by its isthmus-like geographical feature. The fertile farmland region is surrounded by the tranquil Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea. Auckland is a wholesome tourist sensation. If you are up for adventure, bungee jumping, kayaking and sailing, this city should be your undisputed holiday destination. If you are looking for a relaxed getaway, come see the wildlife reserves, rainforest, thermal springs and wineries that the region has to offer. If a historical ride is your idea of a vacation, indulge in enriching your soul through the historical journey at Auckland Museum and at Howick Historical Village. Do all of the above in close proximity to the bright surf beaches of the Hauraki Gulf. Auckland will energize, satiate and dance to the music of your soul.
Useful Tips for Tourists flying to Auckland
Where to shop
Grab Polynesian artifacts at the Otara Flea Market, which is tourist friendly for its seafood, music and fashion. The Avondale Sunday Markets are extremely popular for its Asian and Polynesian vibe. Drop in for excellent New Zealand fresh produce. Zambesi, is a top choice brand for local and international celebrities. Drop by at their store to grab designer clothing. Sylvia Park, Westfield Malls and Dress Smart are luxury shopping malls in the Auckland region.
What to eat
People in Auckland take their wining and dining game very seriously. The seafood, beef and fresh fruits of the region are an intrinsic part of the culinary experience. Have a scrumptious meal while you choose from a wide range of appetizing seafood- scallops, crayfish, whitebait, salmon, mussels, oysters and fried snapper. Dig into an all-time Kiwi favorite- a succulent roast lamb with seasonal vegetables. If you are invested in a purely Maori culinary experience, keep time aside for Maori “hangi”- where chicken, pork, mutton and steamed pudding are prepared in a “hangi.” Save some appetite for dessert and pamper yourself with a gracious helping of Pavlova and ice cream flavored with fresh fruits and berries. Do not miss out on hokey pokey ice cream, which is prepared with vanilla extracts and pieces of honeycomb. Cheese and wine is a major indulgence of Auckland. Sip onto some pinot Gris and Syrah, wine specialties of the region.
New Zealand has borrowed a lot from Australian English. Don’t be surprised if you hear mate (buddy/friend), drongo (stupid person), Maccas (a slang for McDonalds), and pommy (Englishman). Some phrases that you must acquaint yourself with before flying down to Auckland are –
• Choice! -
One word to indicate satisfaction
• Chur –
• Fang it -
Get on fast with it
• Good as gold -
All is well
• Tucker -
One must be weary of the usage of “Kiwi” - not only does it refer to a person from New Zealand, but it also denotes titles and businesses of the region.
Do’s and Don’ts
• Do check out the festivals depending upon the time of your visit- like, lantern festival during Chinese New Year and Pasifika, a huge Polynesian celebration.
• Have an update over the weather. It may change from sunny, to rainy, to cold in a few hours.
Emergency contact numbers
• Emergency services: 111
• Fire: 111
• Police: 111
• Ambulance: 111
• Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Auckland?
The airline offering cheap air tickets to Auckland is Philippine Airlines.
• What is the time zone used in New Zealand?
The time zone of Thailand is GMT+12
• What are the most popular airlines flying from London to New Zealand?
From London to New Zealand, the most popular airlines are Philippine Airlines, Singapore Airlines
, Malaysia Airlines, Emirates
and Air China.
• What is the shortest time for a London to Auckland flight?
The shortest time for a 1-stop flight between London to Auckland is 23 hours 45 minutes.
• What are the top tourist destinations of Auckland?
Some of the must visit tourist destinations are Auckland Museum, Art Gallery, and Zoo, One Tree Hill, Mt. Eden, Sky Tower, Waitemata harbour and Villa Maria.
• What is the currency of New Zealand?
The currency of New Zealand is New Zealand dollar.
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