Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland is often known as the "City of Sails" for the large number of yachts that grace the Waitemata Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf. It could also be known as the "City of Volca... more

Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland is often known as the "City of Sails" for the large number of yachts that grace the Waitemata Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf. It could also be known as the "City of Volcanoes". Much of its natural character comes from the fact that it is built on the Auckland Volcanic Field which consists of about 48 volcanoes. All of the volcanoes are individually extinct but the volcanic field as a whole is not.

The indigenous peoples of New Zealand are the Māori, a large portion of whom have emigrated from their tribal villages in the last 60 years to cities such as Auckland. Representing about 11% of the city, most of these Māori are fully integrated into the urban culture and many are estranged from their tribal roots. Intermarriage rates have been substantial, so rather than appearing only as a prominently distinct ethnicity, an entire spectrum from European white to Māori has emerged. Like many indigenous peoples, the Māori suffered historical injustice at the hands of the colonizing British, though since the 1960s a revival of the Māori culture and language has emerged with New Zealand now celebrating the distinctness of its native inhabitants. Though most Māori speak far better English, New Zealand has added native Māori as an official language in 1987,however English is overwhelmingly dominant.

Auckland is generally a fairly safe place to visit. Be vigilant as you would in any other cities in the world, and with a little bit of common sense you will be safe. Being part of a group is obviously safer than walking about alone, particularly for women. Try to stay in lit areas and avoid dark side streets. Consider carefully where you leave your car especially if you park it in daylight and will have to relocate it after nightfall. Theft from cars is a common problem in New Zealand, so don't leave valuables in your vehicle, or at least make sure that they are hidden from sight.

Places near Auckland

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Auckland Links

SPQR offers affordable Italian Food, we cover all bases from pasta to pizza, with an excellent selection of seafood and prime beef.

  Nestled away in an old chocolate factory is one of Auckland's best kept secrets. Open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner Monday through Saturday, is an establishment that has consistently proven itself to be one of Auckland's top r...

Soul is located in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, the entertainment heart of New Zealand’s biggest city. Elegant yet still fun, Soul manages to achieve the impossible – to be all things to all people. For a relaxed cocktail, a business lunch, a romanti...

Since its doors opened in 2004, The Grove has secured itself as one of Auckland’s top restaurants with a unique approach to both food and service.  With a passion for and expertise in the industry, owners Michael and Annette Dearth have gained outst...

  Merediths is located at 365 Dominion Road, Mt Eden. The restaurant seats a maximum of 40 people in our three intimate dining rooms. Tuesday to Thursday evenings and for Friday lunches, we offer a 6 course and an 8 course tasting menu with ...

Welcome to our house Italian al fresco dining in the intimacy of an enclosed courtyard, late suppers at the bar in front of a wood fire. Banquet table suitable for large groups. Bistro-style dining inside with the buzz of a busy restaurant. Establis...

  The French Café is a partnership between husband and wife team Creghan Molloy Wright, Restaurant Manager, and Simon Wright, Executive Chef. They are assisted by Matthew Aitchison, Maitre ‘d and Sebastian Hindrichs, Head Chef.   Creghan...

  Located at the heart of the America’s Cup Village in the Auckland Viaduct Basin, Danny Doolan’s is the quintessential Irish Bar.   Danny Doolans serves an excellent array of fine fresh food for lunch and dinner including our Steakhouse...

Wildfire Restaurant, Auckland, Princes Wharf and Takapuna North Shore. When you visit Wildfire, you will experience a unique dining sensation never before seen in New Zealand. It is Churrasco, Brazilian BBQ at its best. Long skewers of succulent New...

Since 1997 Khuja has been a unique melting pot of music, culture, ethnicities, art, charitable nights and memorable evenings. Stepping into Khuja nestled above the hustle of inner city life you find a time ageless spot that could be in Berlin, NY or...

A fun pub with interesting decor. Featuring Mac's Beers, a New Zealand brewer, you kind of know what youa re getting. The food is pretty good, too, with sandwiches, bagels, salads and mains including vegetarian options. This place is very near Brew ...

Brew on Quay is the latest project from the Brew boys. 3 boys (actually men by age, but boys in every other sense), who have been friends/drinking buddies for a very very long while. With a background in the hospitality industry by trade, and the br...

  The Occidental Hotel on Vulcan Lane, Auckland was built in 1870 by American sailor Mr. Edward Perkins. It was famous and known as one of the finest hotels in Auckland in those old days   In 1999 it was transformed into The Occidental B...

  We are the home for Auckland’s most adventurous emerging artists.  We collaborate with an artistic mixtape of theatre makers, dancers, visual artists, poets, musicians, comedians and everyone in between. We are a safe place to be experimen...

SKYCITY Casino Auckland is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for non-stop fun and excitement. Wrapped up in one magnificent venue you'll find the world's most popular casino games, fantastic live entertainment and great food and bar offerings. ...

Things do to in Auckland

  Auckland War Memorial Museum is New Zealands first museum. Established in 1852 in a two-room farm cottage in the central Auckland suburb of Grafton, Auckland Museum is recognised as holding nationally and internationally significant collection...

  Step back in time and experience the past Walk around our 7 acre site, and explore gardens and buildings in a Fencible settlement during the 1840 to 1880 period. There are over thirty original colonial buildings collected on site, includin...

  Set on the waterfront of Auckland City on Ohaku Bay, just moments from the famous Mission Bay beach, Kelly Tarlton's showcases over 30 live animal exhibits, from over 80 different species in spectacular habitat displays, including New Zealand'...

MOTAT opened in 1964 and since then has been explored and enjoyed by millions of visitors. MOTAT is New Zealand's largest transport and technology museum with a focus on creating an interactive and educational experience for its vistors.

Waiwera Thermal Resort, attracts over 350,000 visitors each year. We are located only 35 minutes north of Auckland, on the picturesque Hibiscus Coast. Our natural thermal pools are sheltered by the native bush and hills of the Waiwera valley. The pe...

Waiheke Island

waiheke.aucklandnz.com - Outdoor Activities

In the heart of Auckland’s sparkling Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island is a picturesque blend of farmland, forest, beaches, vineyards and olive groves. Waiheke is just a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, and has an international reputation for...

  A truly captivating experience awaits visitors to Auckland's Sky Tower. At 328 metres, it is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and offers breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction.   Travel up in the gla...

Auckland Zoo

www.aucklandzoo.co.nz - Outdoor Activities

Auckland Zoo is home to the largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand, set in 17 hectares of lush parkland and just five minutes from central Auckland.

Auckland Nightlife

  Located at the heart of the America’s Cup Village in the Auckland Viaduct Basin, Danny Doolan’s is the quintessential Irish Bar.   Danny Doolans serves an excellent array of fine fresh food for lunch and dinner including our Steakhouse...

Since 1997 Khuja has been a unique melting pot of music, culture, ethnicities, art, charitable nights and memorable evenings. Stepping into Khuja nestled above the hustle of inner city life you find a time ageless spot that could be in Berlin, NY or...

A fun pub with interesting decor. Featuring Mac's Beers, a New Zealand brewer, you kind of know what youa re getting. The food is pretty good, too, with sandwiches, bagels, salads and mains including vegetarian options. This place is very near Brew ...

Brew on Quay is the latest project from the Brew boys. 3 boys (actually men by age, but boys in every other sense), who have been friends/drinking buddies for a very very long while. With a background in the hospitality industry by trade, and the br...

  The Occidental Hotel on Vulcan Lane, Auckland was built in 1870 by American sailor Mr. Edward Perkins. It was famous and known as one of the finest hotels in Auckland in those old days   In 1999 it was transformed into The Occidental B...

  We are the home for Auckland’s most adventurous emerging artists.  We collaborate with an artistic mixtape of theatre makers, dancers, visual artists, poets, musicians, comedians and everyone in between. We are a safe place to be experimen...

SKYCITY Casino Auckland is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for non-stop fun and excitement. Wrapped up in one magnificent venue you'll find the world's most popular casino games, fantastic live entertainment and great food and bar offerings. ...

Auckland Dining

SPQR offers affordable Italian Food, we cover all bases from pasta to pizza, with an excellent selection of seafood and prime beef.

  Nestled away in an old chocolate factory is one of Auckland's best kept secrets. Open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner Monday through Saturday, is an establishment that has consistently proven itself to be one of Auckland's top r...

Soul is located in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, the entertainment heart of New Zealand’s biggest city. Elegant yet still fun, Soul manages to achieve the impossible – to be all things to all people. For a relaxed cocktail, a business lunch, a romanti...

Since its doors opened in 2004, The Grove has secured itself as one of Auckland’s top restaurants with a unique approach to both food and service.  With a passion for and expertise in the industry, owners Michael and Annette Dearth have gained outst...

  Merediths is located at 365 Dominion Road, Mt Eden. The restaurant seats a maximum of 40 people in our three intimate dining rooms. Tuesday to Thursday evenings and for Friday lunches, we offer a 6 course and an 8 course tasting menu with ...

Welcome to our house Italian al fresco dining in the intimacy of an enclosed courtyard, late suppers at the bar in front of a wood fire. Banquet table suitable for large groups. Bistro-style dining inside with the buzz of a busy restaurant. Establis...

  The French Café is a partnership between husband and wife team Creghan Molloy Wright, Restaurant Manager, and Simon Wright, Executive Chef. They are assisted by Matthew Aitchison, Maitre ‘d and Sebastian Hindrichs, Head Chef.   Creghan...

Wildfire Restaurant, Auckland, Princes Wharf and Takapuna North Shore. When you visit Wildfire, you will experience a unique dining sensation never before seen in New Zealand. It is Churrasco, Brazilian BBQ at its best. Long skewers of succulent New...