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Why fly to Auckland?

It is a city of sparkling sails and soft sand for miles. The outdoor lifestyle means it is a happy healthy city and you can feel the vibe as soon as you fly in. Auckland is New Zealand's capital and shining star. It is modern life set in the great outdoors. The beaches go for miles and the summer sees them hopping from morning to night.

Flanked by the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, Auckland is the only city in the world with ports on two major bodies of water. Auckland has also been given the "City of Sails" nickname because of the popularity of sailing in the region. Swimming and surfing are popular hobbies at the city's numerous beaches like Takapuna for swimming and Bethells Beach for surfing.

Arts and culture play a big role and the city is home to several excellent galleries and museums like the Auckland Art Gallery and Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum.

Numerous parks dot the city, many of which are also home to volcanic cones. Rangitoto Island, a massive volcano sitting near the entrance of the Waitemata Harbour welcomes visitors to the city in its grandiosity.Sports are big in the city with rugby and cricket being a few of the favorites. Head to Eden Park to check out where the 2012 Rugby World Cup champions, the All Blacks, play.

The city is full of great restaurants serving up Kiwi fare. Some interesting favorites that you may have never tried before include duck tongue and veal liver. Distinct dishes also come out of the many restaurants serving Polynesian and European fusion cuisine.

The Sky Tower in the city center is a great place to get a 360-degree view of the whole city. You can also do a jump off the tower if you're in the mood for a heart-racing adventure.

Whether its volcanoes or sand, sea and surf, Auckland is a fascinating destination that provides rest, relaxation with the amenities of big city life.

Auckland Weather

The weather in Auckland is fairly pleasant throughout the year although it does experience some humidity. Temperatures in the summer are on average in their mid 20s. Winters are fairly mild and temperatures in the low tens. The city experiences rain throughout the year.

When to fly to Auckland

Peak season

Travelling to Auckland is very popular in the summer. Flight ticket prices from December to February are at their prime with travellers from colder climates flipping the switch on Mother Nature by heading south for heat and beach.

Off season

Fall and spring in Auckland are not well-travelled times to the city. The temperatures during these two seasons are in their low teens, making it quite comfortable to tour the city while wearing a light jacket. October, November and April are great months to travel to the city and score some flight tickets deals.

Getting into Auckland

Your gateway into Auckland is located at the Auckland International Airport, which is located just 20 minutes south of the city. There are several options for getting into the city, the airport has a bus service that will get you into Auckland's downtown. There are also shuttle buses available that will get into the center or the outskirts. Taxi service is available outside of the terminal.

Getting around Auckland

Car usage in Auckland is very high and with that public transportation service is limited. There is a good bus service, however buses do not run past midnight so be prepared for that if you are out for the evening. There is train service in the city center as well as tram service. Ferries are also an option if you are headed to the Hauraki Gulf Islands, and the bonus being they aren't just utilitarian but make for a scenic, enjoyable way to get there. Alternatively you can also rent a bike or a motorbike to whizz around the city.

Insider Guide

  • Check out the Civic Theatre. One of the older structures in Auckland, the Civic Theatre was built in 1929 and still retains some of its old interior. You can take a tour to check out the living piece of history or take in a show at the still-functioning theatre.
  • Head to the Victoria Park Market for a wonderful afternoon of dining and shopping, start of with a delicious lunch of New Zealand lamb at one of the bistros and follow it up by some specialty shopping. It's a great place to pick up souvenirs you will enjoy and use.
  • The Auckland Art Gallery is one of the few places you will find artwork by some of New Zealand's finest artists like Colin McCahon and Rita Angus. A portion of the gallery is housed in an 1888 building which in itself deserves a tour.
  • A visit to the Stardome is a must. This observatory and planetarium is a great place to visit if you are travelling with children. They can learn all about land and stars and use the Stardome telescopes to view the endless sky.
  • Enjoy freshly-shucked oysters in one of the city's fine seafood restaurants, a local favorite is Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar. Besides the oysters don't forget to take advantage of some of the other fresh seafood fare that is available thanks to the city's location near two giant bodies of water.
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Cheap Flights to Auckland (AKL)

Historical prices for Auckland flights.

Departure Airline Prices
Los Angeles Air New Zealand $723
Frankfurt Air New Zealand $1460
London Air New Zealand $1435
Singapore China Southern Airlines $801
Kuala Lumpur China Southern Airlines $821
Amsterdam British Airways $1654
Hartford Springfield American Airlines $1434
Bali Qantas Airways $1418
Vancouver Air New Zealand $1432
Calgary Air Canada $1324
Paris China Southern Airlines $1864
Manila Jetstar Asia $865
New York Air New Zealand $2246
Jakarta Jetstar $1195
Bangkok China Southern Airlines $1015
Khabarovsk China Southern Airlines $3216
London Heathrow Air New Zealand $1524
Ljubljana Turkish Airlines $3294
Hamburg China Southern Airlines $1789
Hong Kong Cathay Pacific $7059
Honolulu Air New Zealand $1148
Istanbul Emirates $1968
Bandar Seri Begwan Malaysia Airlines $2887
Belgrade Lufthansa $2859
Berlin Lufthansa $1860

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