"Auckland - City of Sails." Top 5 Page for this destination Auckland by worldkiwi

Auckland Travel Guide: 1,059 reviews and 2,349 photos


Auckland is my home city, though I live in an outlying part of the Auckland Region. Most Aucklanders don't really differentiate much between the two geographic concepts. VT now does and this page is therefore about the urban part of Auckland Region.
The city is known in New Zealand as "The City of Sails", for its strong yachting community. The city has one of the highest yachts per capita statistics in the world!
About 1.1 million people live in greater Auckland, making it home to roughly one third of New Zealand's entire population.
The main part of the city is located on an isthmus between two natural harbours. The Waitemata Harbour is where the main port and yacht marinas are. The Americas cup was based here in 2000 and again in 2003. The Waitemata opens into the beautiful island studded Hauraki Gulf.
Auckland is often quickly passed through by tourists, but there's lots to do in and around the city.
My new Chinese Lantern Festival travelogue is finally finished. Have a look.

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great cafes, a huge variety of things to see and do, NZ's most cosmipolitan city
  • Cons:You need a car to see everything - poor public transport, bad traffic pollution
  • In a nutshell:NZ's most vibrant city
  • Intro Updated May 1, 2004
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  • Oct 6, 2007 at 10:54 PM

    Link buses are now green and $1.60. Good page

  • Mar 7, 2007 at 1:41 AM

    Try Hongkong airport,its 2-3x more crowded.1 obvious reason:js lik HK,Akl's a popular destination4many ppl.Bes wud b2arrive Akl in earliest flight possible- 6am!n its mos likely there wont bmuch going on at all.The silence might nt make it2welcoming then?

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    Aug 4, 2006 at 11:24 PM

    That was quick, you vter you!! hahha. just off out tonite with Alli. Great to see you again, and neat you are so enthusiastic about your trip. Pam xox

  • Mar 5, 2006 at 8:23 AM

    Thank you, Glenn, for the info. and Pic's. on Aukland. Greetings!

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    Nov 16, 2005 at 8:08 PM

    I totally agree with your comments about the custom control at the airport... I arrived this morning and I lost 30 minutes because my boots in my luggage were dirty, I almost had to pay 200 NZD... Those people were not nice at all

  • Oct 31, 2005 at 4:31 AM

    The Hilton at the end of Princes Wharf is a beautiful spot, with fantastic views of the habour. Be warned - this Hilton is very flash, so dress appropriately (if you are dressed like a backpacker - you may not be allowed into the bar!)

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    Jul 26, 2005 at 10:59 PM

    Insightful and interesting page. BTW, I like your motto. :-)

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    Jul 8, 2005 at 10:03 AM

    City of sails. Have yet to make my way to NZ. My bro have always rave about how beautiful your country is. Hope to make it to NZ one day. Cheers mate!

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    Feb 3, 2005 at 7:14 AM

    Very good page! we will host next American Cup ... hope we do as well as you

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    Nov 23, 2004 at 1:01 PM

    Looks like a great place to live! excellent tips and great pictc!


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