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Amazing and vibrant Auckland

Book flights to Auckland and experience the grandeur of the City of Sails.

Set your sights high for this remarkable New Zealand city. Auckland is home to idyllic islands and parks, heritage museums and architectural treasures.

aerial view of mount eden in auckland new zealand

Ascend the iconic 1,000 foot Sky Tower for panoramic city views, bungee jumping adventures and delicious meals in a revolving restaurant.

Waiheke Island offers stunning scenery, as well as thrilling zip lining. Rangitoto Island is perfect for hiking, bird watching and kayaking. It is also home to Auckland’s youngest volcano and the lush Pohutukawa forest.

The city’s oldest park, Auckland Domain, is home to Pukekawa volcano with its huge craters to explore. You’ll also find the Auckland War Museum and the historic Domain Winter Gardens packed with wonderful flowers, amazing wildlife, and ornate water fountains.

Book your plane tickets to Auckland today, and a world of adventure awaits.

What's the weather like in Auckland?

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Auckland offers a pleasantly warm climate year-round, with its lowest average temperatures around 11°C in June, July and August. The temperature rises between December and February, when conditions of 20°C or higher are common.

Rainfall is fairly consistent throughout the year, ensuring that the city’s colourful, beautiful parks are well-maintained.

Reasons to visit Auckland

aerial view of waitemata harbour and auckland centre

Maritime moments

Auckland’s diverse culture blends Polynesian, European, Asian and Maori influences together – and nowhere showcases this better than the New Zealand Maritime Museum. Here, events cover film screenings, exhibitions and workshops exploring the City of Sails’ sea-faring adventures, and you can even set sail from the harbour on a range of classic ships.

Fly to Auckland to discover the stories behind the largest Polynesian city on the planet. The museum’s displays explore the history of this people’s migration across the Pacific, as well as their unique heritage and traditions.

victorian houses in auckland

Discover Auckland's history

For an insight into the 19th century settlers that made Auckland their home, visit Howick Historical Village. See how the early colonial people would have lived as they went about their daily lives in the mid to late 1800s.

You can also drop by on monthly ‘Meet the Villagers’ live days to interact with costumed actors playing the parts of the local villagers. Wander the heritage garden, have a picnic on the luscious lawn or relax with tasty food and coffee in its cafe.

pastries at parnell markets in auckland

Market forces

Combine the joys of shopping and cultural discovery by hunting for Polynesian treasures at Otara Market. This famous flea market has seemingly endless stalls, and you can also purchase authentic street food from an underground oven, known as a ‘Hangi’ to locals. This slice of Pacific Island and Maori culture also boasts live singing and dancing performances. Make a note to stop by this treasure trove when you’ve booked your Auckland flights.

Enjoy the fresh fruit and vegetables or a variety of dishes including Indian, Chinese and Polynesian classics. Pick your favourite dish then head to one of Auckland’s many green spaces for a picnic.

Things to know before you fly to Auckland

plane Airport transfers

Auckland Airport (AKL) is around 12 miles (20km) south of the city centre. For a convenient and comfortable option, organise a transfer with Etihad when you purchase your plane tickets to Auckland, and your driver will be waiting on arrival.

Alternatively, the SkyBus arrives regularly, and you can also take the 380 Airporter train, rent a car or book a taxi.

holiday Public holidays

New Zealand has many public holidays, including Anzac Day (25th April), Waitangi Day (6th February) and Labour Day (October). These cultural holidays commemorate fallen heroes, the Treaty of Waitangi, and other significant moments in the nation’s past.

bus Getting around

Popular ways to get around Auckland and local islands include bus, train and ferry. Buses will take you anywhere between Pukekohe in the south and Orewa in the north.

Trains are the fastest way of getting between Britomart and the suburbs. The Auckland Central ferry will take you to the Hauraki Gulf islands or across Auckland harbour.

meals Local cuisine

New Zealand’s food is a diverse reflection of its cultural heritage, taking in everything from delicious burgers and ice cream to traditional Maori meat and vegetables cooked in a Hangi oven.

Seafood is an especially popular option in Auckland, thanks to its strong maritime connections.

Flying to Auckland: FAQs

Where should I stay in Auckland?

The area around Queen’s Wharf and the waterfront has terrific hotels, apartments and serviced accommodation to choose from, along with convenient access to Britomart’s designer boutiques and eateries, plus harbour attractions.

The suburb of Newmarket meanwhile has great affordable places to stay and is close to some of the city’s best parks.

How many days should I spend in Auckland?

To truly immerse yourself in all the city has to offer, a week or 10 days should give you enough time to explore and soak up some local culture, before adventuring out to the nearby beaches and islands for lazy days stretched out on the sands.

If you are visiting as part of a wider New Zealand adventure, three or four days should be enough to see the major attractions.

What activities should I do in Auckland?

Fly to Auckland and enjoy a harbour cruise to its islands, including Waiheke or Rangitoto. Reach these places in under an hour and taste local cuisine, or wander up the summit of the youngest volcanic cone in Auckland for amazing panoramic views.

Why we love Auckland

“Auckland is one of the most beautiful cities that you will ever visit, home to stunning volcanic islands and parks. Head up the Sky Tower for sensational views of the city’s skyline, then soak up local culture at markets, restaurants and museums. The food is delicious, and everyone is so friendly. You will definitely want to visit again.”

Weather in Auckland

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