Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland used to be a government town and was the first capital of New Zealand. It is New Zealand’s largest city. One-third of New Zealanders live here, and it has become a settlement for both locals and immigrants. It has been placed 23rd on the list of world’s richest cities by UBS. Auckland has a mild climate and lots of employment and educational opportunities and is also a great place for tourists to visit.

Travel Tips

Before going to Auckland, consider the traffic and transportation, because it has a relatively poor transportation system. Rush hour can be a nightmare, though, for tourists, it might be manageable since the time spent in traffic can be used to have a good look at the town. It is one of the world’s most affordable cities to live in, especially when it comes to things like transport, food, clothing and household goods. This will help tourists to stay within their travel budgets.

City of Sails

Sailing is one of the most popular activities in Auckland, and therefore the city has been nicknamed the “City of Sails”. There are several yacht clubs on the Waitemata Harbour, including the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Westhaven Marina, which is the largest one in the Southern Hemisphere. Waitemata is one of the two harbours in Auckland, along with Manukau Harbour.

Beach Life

Popular swimming beaches like Mission Bay, Kohimarama, Stanley Bay are within easy reach from the city centre. Surf spots like Piha, Muriwai and Bethells Beach are popular choices for surfers visiting Auckland. Most of the beaches are monitored by lifeguards, such as Piha Surf Life Saving Club, that will help tourists stay safe during their vacation.

Famous Sites in Auckland

Tourists visiting Auckland will have many activities and attractions to choose from. Some of the most popular sites to visit include:

  • Civic Theater
  • Harbour Bridge
  • Town Hall
  • War Memorial Museum
  • St Patrick Cathedral
  • Aotea Centre
  • Aotea Square
  • Queen Street
  • Sky tower

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