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Auckland isn’t a challenging place to visit; the locals are friendly and helpful and the surrounds are easy to get to. With any travel destination though, it’s always a good idea to do your research before you go. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to take onboard before visiting.

Quick facts about Auckland

Population: 1.37 million
Currency: New Zealand dollar
Opening hours: Most shops are open 09:30-16:00 daily, with late night trading on Thursday and Friday to 21:00.
Emergency numbers: Police, ambulance and fire brigade: 111
Language: English
Plug type: Flat blade three-prong plug
Voltage: 240 volts/50 cycles
Visa requirements: British citizens do not require a visa if they are visiting New Zealand for up to six months and possess an onward ticket. Speak to your Travel Butler for more advice.

Arriving in Auckland

Auckland Airport is located 13 miles from Auckland city which usually takes around a 30-minute drive to reach. If you book one of our tailor-made Auckland holidays your transfers or car hire will already be included. If you prefer public transport, you can catch the regular Airbus Express service which connects the airport with Auckland’s city centre and Downtown Ferry Terminal.

Practical tips

Getting around: The best way to get around Auckland is by a hire car, particularly if you want to visit the nearby beaches or rainforests. If you don’t want to drive, there are hop-on hop-off coaches that service the city’s attractions.  Another great way to explore Auckland without driving is by riding one of the city’s ferries to the surrounding seaside suburbs and islands. 

Be sun-smart: The UV rating in New Zealand can catch most travellers out and leave them with painful sunburn. Be sure to apply factor 30 and avove (even when it’s cloudy) and avoid the midday sun on hot days. 

Tipping: Tipping in New Zealand is not common practice across all industries. If you dine out at a nice restaurant and enjoy exceptional service you may want to leave a tip, but it is not expected.

Dining out: Unless you’re at a fine dining restaurant, most cafés and restaurants in New Zealand will expect you to pay your bill at the counter.

What to pack: Just like the UK, even in the height of summer Auckland can get a little chilly, so be sure to pack a warm layer just in case. Auckland is also a great city for walking, from exploring the city area (referred to locally as the CBD), to hiking the city’s surrounding areas, so we recommend packing a pair of comfortable walking shoes to make the most of things. 

We’re here if you need us

Book your Auckland holiday with Flight Centre and you’ll benefit by having access to a dedicated Travel Butler and our 24/7 Emergency Assist service. To contact our 24/7 Emergency Assist service from outside of the UK please call +44 203 056 7993.

Keep in touch

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