When to fly
The peak season is December through March. Tourists arrive off their flights to the warm weather, and the crowd’s peak during summer school holidays (mid-December to late January). January and February have the best beach weather so in order to get cheap flights to Auckland during that season, you need to book in advance. December and March can be very warm too. If you’re looking to compliment your beach trip with an exciting event, Auckland Cup Week could be the perfect time to travel. Auckland Cup Week taking place in March is New Zealand’s most glamorous event that displays an array of horse racing, style, fashion and entertainment. The event is perfect for a family day out as it features a great family area including free children’s entertainment such as pony rides, bouncy castles, swing ball and much more. Ticket options vary from the luxurious champagne lawn to a more relaxed environment on the grass so there is something to suit everyone’s taste. Keep in mind that flights to Auckland and accommodation prices can rise dramatically during that week. Easter, May Labour Day weekend and school holiday periods during the year are also busy.
Although cooler than the peak season months, November and April are much quieter and hotel rooms and cheap flights to Auckland are easier to find.
Known as the “city of sails,” cosmopolitan Auckland is renowned for its nautical lifestyle, boasting more boats per capita than any other city in the world. The focal point of New Zealand's biggest city, is the aptly-named Waitemata Harbour, which means “sea of sparkling waters” in Maori. The picturesque area, which hosted the 2000 and 2003 America’s Cup, is lively by day with yachts and water sports. The harbour bustles at night when locals flock to the bars, clubs and restaurants that have sprouted in the redeveloped Viaduct Basin during the last decade. It's a great place to enjoy local seafood and produce, sample Asian-Pacific cuisine and try award-winning local wines.
Auckland enjoys an awe-inspiring setting, surrounded by volcanic hills and lush forests and located on a narrow peninsula with the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Tasman Sea on the other. Many visitors book flights to Auckland to use the city as a base from which to explore. From Stanley Bay, you can reach more than 100 beaches within an hour's drive.