All your questions about Auckland answered
Auckland is home to the iconic Sky Tower with its picturesque views of Viaduct Harbour. It’s also where you’ll find Auckland Domain, the park based around an extinct volcano, which is also the city’s oldest parkland.
With so much to see and experience, it’s easy to understand why Aussies are eager to vacation in Auckland.
But with crucial questions awaiting answers, you may well be putting off your trip. Not to worry – we’ve got some all-important answers and tips that should resolve any hesitation.
What to know before you go?
How did Auckland get its name?
William Hobson became the governor of New Zealand after signing the treaty of Waitangi in February 1840. He determined that the area would be the capital of New Zealand and named it after George Eden, Earl of Auckland.
Where is Auckland Airport?
Auckland Airport is New Zealand’s busiest airport located on Ray Emery Drive, close to the residential suburb of Mangere. It’s approximately 21 minutes south of Auckland city centre.
Skybus offers public transport connections between the airport and a few locations in the city centre.
Does Auckland Airport have free Wi-Fi?
Yes. Free Wi-Fi is available at both of the terminals within Auckland Airport. However, it’s only offered for a 45-minute period from the moment you register via a simple signup form.
Does Auckland Airport close?
No. Auckland Airport is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Is Auckland in the South Island?
Auckland is situated on the North Island of New Zealand – Te Ika-a-Maui. It is the smaller of New Zealand’s two main islands, but the most populous.
Is Auckland a state?
New Zealand does not have states. Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and one which is half urban and half marine.
Is Auckland expensive?
Whilst certain aspects of Auckland are expensive, you can live within your means while on vacation there.
Hotels vary in price dramatically so to get the best deal, you should do your research and compare rates before you book.
A meal in a basic restaurant will cost approximately NZD$15, or $14. If you’re wanting something a little more upmarket, the price will reflect this, but not dramatically as Auckland isn’t really known for its fine-dining.
Alcoholic beverages aren’t too badly priced. Generally a pint will range anywhere from NZD$5.50 ($5.11) to NZD$7.50 ($7).
Questions about safety and health
Is Auckland safe?
The city of Auckland is considered to be fairly safe for tourists. Despite this, we do urge Aussies planning to holiday in Auckland, as we would anywhere, to take precautions to avoid becoming a victim of tourist-targeted crime. There is violence and crime within the city of Auckland, but for the most part it is wholly avoidable.
Getting around and things to do
Does Auckland have Uber?
Yes, Uber is widely available throughout Auckland. Your Uber options include UberXL (seats 6 passengers), UberX (seats 4) and UberX ASSIST.
The base fare is NZD$1.30 and an additional NZD$1.35 per km or NZD$0.30 per minute thereafter. The minimum fare in Auckland is NZD$6.50.
How long is the journey from Auckland to Hamilton?
It’s about 90 minutes to drive non-stop from Auckland to Hamilton, covering approximately 124km.
How long is the journey from Auckland to Tauranga?
It’s about 2.5 hours to drive between Auckland and Tauranga, covering approximately 211.4km.
You can also fly from Auckland to Tauranga which would take approximately 40 minutes via Air New Zealand. As the crow flies, the distance is approximately 155km.
Where is Auckland Zoo?
Home to New Zealand’s largest collection of native and exotic animals, Auckland Zoo is set in 17 hectares of parkland, west of Auckland city centre.
Entry prices are (accurate in August 2017):
- Adult (15 years+): NZD$28 ($26)
- Child (4-14 years): NZD$12 ($11)
- Infant (under 4): Free
- Seniors & Students (ID required): NZD$23 ($21.50)
- Family Pass (1 adult, 2 children): NZD$47 ($43.70)
- Family Pass (2 adults, 2 children): NZD$72 ($67)
- Additional child (added to either family pass): NZD$10 ($9.30)