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Auckland enjoys warm, humid summers and mild, wet winters. The city rarely has freezing temperatures but does get occasional frost.Getting downtown:After disembarking from flights to Auckland, there are plenty of options for travellers to reach the city centre. Airbus services leave regularly from the airport (every 20 minutes during the day, every 30 minutes at night) for the centre. Shuttle buses are another transport option and tend to be cheaper. Taxis are also available.
Getting around Auckland
Central Auckland is easily explored on foot and you can also rent a bike or scooter.
The Link bus service covers most places in the city centre, with some free buses servicing the major tourist attractions. Ferries connect the north shore suburbs and the Hauraki Gulf Islands.
Auckland's public transport makes driving unnecessary and parking downtown is scarce. You are better off renting a car if you want to explore the suburbs.
Auckland insider information
- Don't miss the chance to sail in the harbour. There's an almost overwhelming choice of vessels able to take you out– including the Louis Vuitton boat from the America's Cup. Trips to Hauraki Gulf take just over two hours and you can enjoy stunning views of the city as you head out. Many yachts will let you help with the sailing. Advance bookings are not usually necessary.
- Historic Victoria Park Market – located in a heritage-listed industrial site distinguished by its tall, red-brick chimney – is home to many artisan and craft boutiques. The market also has many restaurants, cafés and eateries when you ready for a break from shopping.
- The Stardome, Auckland's spectacular Observatory and Planetarium, is in the One Tree Hill district. On a clear night, you can see the stars through one of Stardome’s telescopes.
- Dine overlooking sweeping city vistas at the revolving Orbit restaurant, on the top of the Sky Tower. The restaurant is open for brunch, lunch or dinner and diners get free entry to the observation level. Book in advance, especially for the best views at sunset.
- For impressive (and free) views of the city, head up Mt Eden, a volcanic cone near the centre of town that is popular for picnics, walks and a peep into the volcanic crater.
- Some of New Zealand's oldest vineyards are in the area surrounding Auckland, perfect for winery tours.
- The world's first harbour bridge bungee jump still operates on the Auckland Harbour Bridge
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- Make sure to book a trip to climb up Auckland’s iconic Harbour Bridge and get fantastic panoramic views of the city
- Head down to the harbour and gaze at some of the magnificent yachts that are moored in the ‘City of Sails’
- Discover the distinctiveness of South Pacific Art by visiting the collection housed at the Auckland Art Gallery
- Use Cheapflights for cheap deals on return flights to Auckland and begin your New Zealand adventure here
- Bask on Auckland’s renowned beaches, including at Mission Bay, Devonport and Takapuna; also great for water sports
- Spend your evenings in the vibrant bars in the America's Cup Village and the Princes Wharf area along the waterfront
- Cruises are a great way to see the city’s surrounding areas; all variety of cruises depart from The Waitemata Harbour
- Fly direct into Auckland and once you’ve made the most of this lively city journey across the rest of New Zealand
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