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Auckland, New Zealand

Downtown skyline
Downtown skyline


Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and located on the northern end of the north island.


As of Oct 1 2019, travellers from most countries will need to apply for a NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) linked to your passport. It is valid for multiple entries and two years. https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas

Where You're Docked

Auckland's main cruise terminal, Shed 10, refurbished in 2013 is located on Queens Wharf next to the central business district and the Britomart Station. The terminal at Princes Wharf at the adjacent pier to the west will continue to be used as a secondary location. Port cruise schedule here http://www.poal.co.nz/cruise_ships/cruise.asp

Cruise Ships Docked in Auckland

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Money and Tipping

New Zealand's currency is the dollar (NZD). Like Australia, prices displayed are inclusive of all taxes. Tipping is not necessary.

Local Transportation

Most sites are in the city center and within walking distance. The red city LINK bus runs along Queen Street and is only $1 (Mar 2017). Explorer runs a hop-on, hop-off bus service.

LINK Red Line


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Staying in the CBD (downtown) is the most convenient and also close to the cruise terminals. Search hotels in Auckland here


Sky Tower - you can walk around the outside with a harness or jump off as well. Those less adventurous can stay inside the observation deck. 15 minute walk from the cruise pier - just look up. $29 entry to Sky Tower Observation Level (Mar 2017). http://www.skytower.co.nz/

War Memorial Museum - located in the Auckland Domain, this museum has significant collections of natural, social, military history and culture related to New Zealand and the South Pacific. A $10 donation is suggested for adults. From Britomart, take the Green Inner LINK clockwise to Parnell Road outside the Parnell Community Centre. 15 min trip, 5 min walk from stop, $3.50 fare (Mar 2017).

Mount Eden - This extinct volcano provides a great view of the Auckland skyline. Take bus 274 or 277 from Britomart (15 min, $3.50, Mar 2017).

There is a i-Site tourist information by the entrance to Princes Wharf. The maritime museum is next door.

Been Here Before

Take a ferry out to Devonport and explore the beaches on the North Shore.

Shopping & Restaurants

Queen Street is the main street with lots of shops and malls. There is a large Countdown supermarket about six blocks directly east of the pier on Quay St and a New World supermarket on Queen St at Shortland.

Trendy waterfront bars and restaurants can be found on the west side of Queen's Wharf and the adjacent Viaduct Harbour area.

Post Offices

There are postshops at 23 Customs St (near Britomart) and 155 Queen St (at Wyndham).


There is a lot of free wifi services downtown. Tomizone provides maximum of three 30 minute sessions daily though you can pay for more time. You can also search for the Callplus Rugby Supporters network (Feb 2012). The public library on Wellesey St has free wifi but 200MB daily limit. The McDonalds on Queen St and most cafes like Esquires provide free wifi for customers.



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