Surrounded by the mesmerizing azure hues of the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand – and Auckland – is a place one should definitely visit in their lifetime! There is plenty to see and do, right from a leisurely self-drive holiday to one packed with action and adventure. The best time to visit is from November through February, and if you plan your travel well in advance, you should be able to bag yourself some really great deals, both on travel and accommodation.
Useful tips for tourists flying to Auckland
Where to shop
Whether you’re looking for flea and street markets, or high end fashion, or shopping for local gifts and artifacts, you are spoiled for choice in Auckland. Queen Street houses high street stores and cafés, and you cannot miss the iconic Smith & Caughey’s to complete your shopping experience. For kitsch, nothing better than Karangahape Road, Newmarket, Parnell and Ponsonby.
What to eat
Auckland offers a wide variety of tastes for the adventurous traveler, and trying local food therefore is a must. While at a street vendor, do try hangi, and paua fritters to introduce new flavours to your taste buds. Try Marmite on toast, and wrap up your meal with a Pavlova Cake. The region also boasts of some good, robust wines, so don’t forget to savor some with your meal! Given the large tourist population, international cuisine is easily available at all restaurants and cafés, and you can also enjoy a leisurely afternoon at a coffee shop.
The local language
While English is prominently spoken in Auckland, the official languages in New Zealand are Maori, and more recently, sign language.
Here are some phrases that should help you get around in Auckland:
• Kia ora
– Hello (informal); a Maori expression
• Haere mai
• Haere ra
– Farewell (when someone is leaving)
• Good on ya, mate!
– Congratulations/ well done
– A fizzy lemon drink such as Sprite/ 7Up or similar
Dos and Don’ts
• If on a self-drive holiday, do let faster traffic pass you by.
• Since camping is a good holiday activity while in Auckland, do read up on campsite rules and etiquette.
• Tipping is not customary; it may even be frowned upon. Hence it is safer to not tip for a service.
• Do focus on comfort – Auckland typically follows a relaxed dress code, especially in the summers, so ensure you pack accordingly.
• Do check out the cultural festivals, and enjoy local festivals at parks as well, where you can enjoy free concerts, plays and movies.
• Do take off your footwear before you enter a local’s home.
Emergency contact numbers
• Information Assistance: Not applicable
• 24-hour Chemist: Newmarket Day Night Pharmacy
• Fire: 111
• Police: 111
• Ambulance: 111
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