Advantages big city, islands, picture perfect scenery ...
Disadvantages Auckland traffic is a killer
This sprawling city is the largest in New Zealand and approx 1/3rd of the countries population live there. This makes for an interesting multi-cultural city but it is pretty much undistinguishable from most other major world cities.The thing that does make Auckland special is its setting. The city is located on a natural harbour and is made up of lots of interesting bays and coves. Auckland is known as the City of Sails and after familiarising yourself with this city you will see why. There are hundreds of yachts moored in various harbours all over this city and on a summer weekend the harbour is awash with water craft of every description.
TRANSPORTI always have my own transport when visiting but if you turn up at the airport and need to get to the city, there are various shuttles, buses and taxis at your service.
There are loads of hotels and backpackers lodges in the CBD and after staying in a few, I am not overly keen on staying right in the city itself. The city is quite noisy during the night ... especially on the weekends.
Check out the discount hotel website www.wotif.com for some good last minute deals.
THINGS TO DO
Located in the Auckland Domain and well worth a visit if interested in a bit of background information on Auckland and NZ. There are two daily Maori cultural performances at the museum at 11 am and 1:30 pm so try and schedule your visit to catch one of these.
*Harbour Bridge Climb*
I haven't tried this one as I'm not a huge fan of heights but this climb is hugely popular but has an age limit of 7 years old. Sorry kids.
This zoo is pretty good and makes for a relaxing afternoon. Well maintained and good animal displays.
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