The cruise ships birth at Princess Wharf, Shed 10 at Auckland Harbour. You will be at the heart of the city and there are bars, hotels, restaurants and food stalls in the vicinity. There is also a hotel right on the terminal. The area is quite pleasant for just walking and watching the ships arrive and depart. It’s a 5 minutes’ walk to the nearest bus stop and the nearest train station is 10 minutes walking. Auckland international airport is 30 minutes away by car. It’s also very easy to get a taxi from the terminal.
Some ships also dock at Queens Wharf, right next to Princess Wharf. The bus stop is right outside the terminal and the train station is only 5 minutes walking. The Airport is the same distance as Princess Wharf.
The local currency is the New Zealand dollar – NZD. It’s fairly easy to exchange cash in Auckland, check the rates at the banks and also the foreign exchange shops on Queen Street. Getting cash from ATMs using your bank card is also a good idea, providing you have notified your bank you will be abroad, and have also checked any additional fees that the transaction may occur. It’s also a good idea to check the exchange rates at home and in Auckland to see which one would be better. Normally, exchange rates at the destination tend to be better, but there are exceptions.
The official languages of New Zealand are English and Maori. Everyone speaks English as a first or second language. The way New Zealanders speak English is very similar to Australian English, but there are, of course, exceptions.
Opening hours and bank holidays. Most outlets in Auckland are open 9 am until 6 pm weekdays, open as late as 9 pm on Thursdays and Fridays. Most shops and restaurants are open until 4pm on Sunday as well. Some outlets will be closed on public holidays, for example on Christmas and Easter pretty much everything will be closed. If you happen to arrive in the city on any of those days, the restaurants in the hotels throughout the city will have Christmas or Easter meals organised for certain.
Tipping in New Zealand is not expected and not needed in general. If you have experienced an exceptional service, then you can tip about 10% at restaurants. On national holidays the bills would be increased, which reflects the higher hourly rate for having staff working on those days.
The local time in Auckland is GMT+11 and the internaitonal dialling code is + 64 9.
Things To Do
Visit Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium. Built in 1985 by marine archaeologist and diver Kelly Tarlton, this is the home to New Zealand’s only sub-Antarctic penguins. It also houses thousands of sea animals such as sharks, penguins, turtles, stingrays, seahorses and more. It is also the New Zealand’s only turtle rescue centre.
Our second option also emphasises on the rich and unique fauna you can find in New Zealand and near Auckland – the Auckland Zoo. Opened in 1922 and set on 17 hectares of land, it’s a home to the largest collection of New Zealand animals and a conservation centre. The first Centre for Conservation Medicine in the world (replacing the zoo’s old vet centre) opened on the territory of the zoo in 2007, helping to look after and protect New Zealand’s wildlife.
The War Memorial Museum is of a great importance for New Zealand’s history. It hosts a large collection dedicated to the history as the Auckland’s region, as well as New Zealand’s, natural history and military history. The building itself is also famous for its neo-classicist style.
Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki contains a captivating display of visual arts from New Zealand and the rest of the world. It also often hosts travelling international exhibitions. The principal public gallery is a home to the largest permanent collection of New Zealand art.
In and around Auckland there are quite a few more tourist attractions, such as the Sky Tower, Auckland Harbour Bridge, Aotea Square, Hobbiton Movie Set, the Coast to Coast Walkways, Auckland Museum, Waitakare Ranges National Park, Cornwall Park, Mount Eden, the Viaduct Basin, Parnell Rose Gardens and Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens.
There are more than 15 islands around Auckland, some of them you can even visit kayaking, but most are easily accessible by regular ferry services. Rangitoto Island is a small volcanic island, visible from Auckland and famous for the views of the Hauraki Gulf and Auckland, that will unroll before you, when you walk up to the 260 metres summit. Another gorgeous island to see is Waiheke, one of the world renowned boutique wine destinations, but also famous for its landscapes and beaches. The Rotoroa Island nearby Auckland, is a remarkable conversation project, only opened to the public since 2011. The island is a home to a few endangered species, in an attempt to preserve them and help them thrive, such as the kiwi bird, takahe, shore and moko skinks. The Great Barrier Island is often described as a nature lover’s paradise. It’s also an International Dark Sky Sanctuary – one of the three best spots in the world to stargaze. The island can be reached by a 35 minute flight, or a 4 and a half hours ferry and car trip. Tiritiri Matangi is a predator – free island, 75 minute ferry ride from Auckland. This is another island – nature reserve sanctuary, home to rare and endangered birds, some of which exist only in New Zealand. When tired of birdwatching, you can relax at any of the idyllic beaches, or follow any of the nature walks. Goat Island Marine reserve Island is the first and most accessible Marine reserve in New Zealand. Here you are going to have some of the best snorkelling and diving opportunities in New Zealand.
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