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Auckland’s waterside location has fostered the locals’ love affair with the sea, and has earned itself the nickname “the City of Sails”. With more boats per capita than any other country in the world, it truly is a water lover’s paradise.
This British colonial settlement came into existence in 1840 when the site was chosen by the first governor, Lieutenant William Hobson, and was purchased from the local Ngati Whatua Maori chiefs. The city’s history remains evident in its stately old buildings, which have been restored to their Victorian elegance.
1,303,068 (2006 census)
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With 50 islands scattered through the Hauraki Gulf it’s easy to escape. One of the most popular places to visit is Waiheke Island, which offers a picturesque blend of farmland, forest, beaches, vineyards and olive groves. Activities on Waiheke include sightseeing, mountain biking, sea kayaking, vineyard tours and much more.
Discover Auckland’s renowned museums, galleries and historical sites, or experience a ta Maori guided walk to learn about the many traditions and stories that have been handed down through the generations.
Head out to Auckland’s rugged west coast, observing native flora and fauna in the Waitakere ranges along the way. Take a stroll along the black sand beaches, known for their surfing; and make sure you check out the gannet colony at Muriwai Beach, one of only two onshore gannet colonies in New Zealand.
Take in unparalleled views from the tallest tower in the southern hemisphere. Glass-fronted elevators will whisk you to the glass floored main observation deck where you’ll have stunning views literally at your feet.
Your ship will dock at Princes Wharf or Queens Wharf in central Auckland. The moment you step on shore you’ll be downtown. If you would like to explore the city’s suburbs including Newmarket, Parnell and Ponsonby, you can catch an inner city bus (LINK Bus).
Taxis are available at the pier and at designated taxi stands throughout the city.
Cuisines from around the world are well represented in Auckland. “Fusion” foods that combine the very best styles from regions like Asia and the Mediterranean with fresh local produce are particularly popular. Outdoor cafes abound, and because Auckland is a city that embraces water, many cafes and restaurants have exceptional views. In the inner city you’ll find a wide choice of cafes, bars and restaurants around Britomart Precinct, Princes Wharf, Viaduct Basin, Lorne Street and High Street. Alternatively, you might like to head out to Parnell, Newmarket, Ponsonby, Mission Bay or Devonport.
Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.
Queen Street, Auckland’s main street, offers a range of boutiques, souvenir and clothing stores, banks and restaurants together with arcades and shopping centres. Nearby suburbs Newmarket and Ponsonby are also great shopping spots. Popular souvenir items are wool and sheepskin items, Maori artifacts, greenstone (New Zealand nephrite jade) and woollen clothing.
Auckland has a temperate climate with summer typically enjoying comfortable highs of 24 degrees and winter, highs of 17 degrees.
Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. Automatic teller machines can provide currency to foreign card holders.
Public telephones are available at the pier and throughout the city Internet cafes can be found throughout the city. Mobile coverage is generally available as long as global roaming is selected prior to leaving home.
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen, bottled water and a warm, waterproof jacket in case it gets windy or starts to rain.
There are a range of tours available for you to really get the most out of your time in Auckland. Tours can be booked onboard at the shore tours desk and are subject to availability. Passengers are required to meet at a specific location for each shore tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.
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