The ships dock at Queens Wharf or Princess Wharf, both within easy walking distance, 5 Min, of downtown. Taxis are generally available pier side. Both wharfs have air bridges.
The harbour is full of beautiful yachts, including those used in the America’s Cup race.
From the downtown cruise ship berth to the airport is between 30 and 60 minutes by taxi.
Cruise calendar for this port.
Video of Auckland
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Auckland's waterside location has fostered the locals' love affair with the sea, earning this place the nickname "City of Sails".
Auckland's heart beats to a Polynesian rhythm, its people a melting pot of South Pacific and Asian cultures and a strong indigenous Maori heritage. This diversity brings with it an abundance of unique dining and shopping experiences.
Auckland's temperate climate, easy access to the coast and variety of activities earn the city consistent top five rankings in international lifestyle surveys.
You can take a walk through the city with a guide from the local iwi (tribe), visit the Auckland Museum, or wander through the weekend markets at Otara and Avondale for the flavors, sounds and sights of the South Pacific.
The city's most striking man-made structure is the harbor Bridge. It arcs dramatically across Waitemata harbor, linking the city with the fast-growing North Shore. Auckland, with its cosmopolitan flair, offers excellent dining opportunities to satisfy the most refined tastes.
Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium: The Antarctic Encounter is home to New Zealand’s only sub-Antarctic penguins, offering a rare opportunity to see the magnificent birds up close in their icy domain. After your visit with the penguins you will enter Stingray Bay for an awe-inspiring look at the giant stingrays, before delving deep into the Underwater World to see the rich variety of species from New Zealand’s coastal waters.
Attractions in Auckland.
You can take the Explorer Bus hop on/off. The bus stops at the pier.
The City LINK is the easiest way to get around Auckland's city center. It runs from the newly developed Wynyard Quarter, along Queen St, up to K-Rd and then back down Queen Street. All the City LINK buses are bright red and are easy to spot. $1.00 maximum adult cash fare.
Catch a ferry to Waiheke Island - there are some nice areas to walk there.
You'll find a variety of harbor cruises, all of which leave from the Ferry Building.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
Auckland sprawls over a narrow isthmus between the sparkling waters of the Waitemata and Manukau Harbors. A cloak of rainforest covers the surrounding hills, dozens of dormant volcanic cones dot the landscape and enchanting holiday islands are scattered throughout the vast Hauraki Gulf. Two of the best island getaways are Waiheke Island and Great Barrier Island.
Wonderful heritage buildings, spectacular scenery, stunning beaches... Devonport, the beautiful village by the sea has it all, and at just 10 minutes ferry ride from Auckland’s CBD it is wonderfully easy to visit.
From 10am to 10pm daily, the DFS Galleria Customhouse is the place for duty-free and tax-free shopping. The Parnell and Ponsonby areas will have unique boutiques as well as antiques. And for something native, try the Tongan Church on Saturday mornings for superb bark cloth at good prices.
The Westfield Downtown shopping mall is open 8am-6pm Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday and 10am-5pm Sunday.
Auckland's recent popularity as an international education destination has seen an explosion of ethnic shops, especially Asian-style eateries.
The New Zealand dollar is used in New Zealand. A few traders do accept foreign currency, particularly in tourist destinations. The conversion from US dollars to NZ dollars is approximate US$1=NZD1.30.
Automatic teller machines (ATMs), locally known as 'the hole in the wall', are available in just about every town.
English, Maori and New Zealand Sign Language are the official languages of New Zealand. English is universal, and is written with Commonwealth ("British") spelling.
The emergency telephone number in New Zealand is 111.
There is plenty of free WiFi services downtown.
On Christmas day, Easter Sunday and Anzac day morning (25th April) all but a few "essential businesses" must be closed.
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