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Auckland, New Zealand

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Overview

Known as the "City of Sails" (for the many yachts usually in its harbour, the city of Auckland is New Zealand's most populous (and metropolitan) city.

Auckland is quite a diverse city, with significant British, Māori (the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand), Asian and Pacific Islander communities within it. In fact, Auckland has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world.

This rapidly growing city has a warm, but usually mild, climate. Its summers are typically warm and humid, while its winters are mild and damp.

There are over 50 volcanic fields around Auckland. The volcanic field is considered to be dormant. The most recent and largest volcano is Rangitoto Island.

Being a popular tourist city, Auckland is a very common cruise departure (or ending) port for many Australia and/or New Zealand cruises.


Destinations
The following destinations can be visited on a cruise leaving from Auckland, New Zealand:
Asia (Far East)
Australia & New Zealand
South Pacific
World Cruises



Cruise Lines Departing Here

Celebrity Cruises
Crystal Cruises
Holland America Line
Oceania Cruises
P&O Cruises Australia
Princess Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Silversea Cruises


Currency
The official currency of New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). Using a credit card whenever possible is a great way to avoid having to exchange currency. ATM machines are available, but make sure you use one that works with the card you're using.


Language
The official languages of New Zealand are English and Māori (which is actually only spoken by a small minority in the population). Samoan is a non-official language spoken by an even smaller minority.


Tourist Attractions
Being a major (and modern) city, Auckland is a great place for shopping, dining and nightlife. The main shopping and dining area in Auckland can be found on Queen Street. Aotea Square is considered the city centre of Auckland, located right by Queen Street. Many events occur there, such as open-air concerts, art festivals and crafts markets.

The Sky Tower, at 328 meters tall, is the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere. It's an observation and telecommunications tower located on the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets. There are actually 2 restaurants within it, including one that slowly revolves. It's a well known icon of Auckland and is commonly displayed in various postcards and promotional materials publicizing Auckland.


The Auckland Art Museum is a great place to view various rare works of art. If you're a nature lover be sure to check out the Auckland Zoo or Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World (a public aquarium in Auckland).

Hiking through the lava fields on Rangitoto Island (a volcanic island) is a popular activity for the more adventurous visitors. There are ferries available to take you to and from the island. Ragitoto is the largest and youngest volcano in Auckland and it formed from eruptions that took place 600 to 700 years ago.

Piha Beach is famous for its black sand and sometimes dangerous surfing waters (because of very rough waves). It's quite a popular place to take in lots of sun and enjoy beautiful vistas.

Rainbow's End is the most popular theme park in Auckland (it's actually located in Manukau City, right by the Auckland International Airport). There are a wide variety of rides and entertainment available, and it's a great place to take your family.

The Auckland Harbour Bridge is an eight-lane bridge that spans over the Waitemata Harbour. It connects Auckland to the North Shore and is a iconic symbol of Auckland.


Port Location
The cruise pier is located at Princes Wharf, right in the main waterfront area of downtown Auckland. There
are many dining options and shops within walking distance of the pier.
 
Auckland Skyline
Auckland Skyline (with the Cunard QM2 docked)
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Westhaven Marina
Westhaven Marina (and the many yachts usually seen there)
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The Sky Tower
The Sky Tower
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Queen Street
Queen Street
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Piha Beach
Piha Beach
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Rangitoto Island
Rangitoto Island
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Auckland Central Business District
The Auckland Central Business District
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The Harbour Bridge
The Harbour Bridge



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