City Guide Auckland, New Zealand

Visiting Auckland

Enjoying a spectacular location between Waitemata and Manukau Harbours, and surrounded by and built on fifty extinct volcanoes, Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and the gateway to the country's North Island. It boasts a neat and compact city centre which doesn't require too much leg-stretching when checking out its sights, restaurants and bars. It is also home to some of the country's most cosmopolitan neighbourhoods.

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Auckland Podcasts

Auckland - At the Skytower

Located in the heart of Auckland's CBD (Central Business District), the Skytower is Auckland's most instantly recognisable landmark. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Connie Sprague of Skytower to tell him about the different colours it goes, how you can base jump off it and much more.

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Auckland Videos

How to save money in Auckland

Find out how to get around Auckland for free, how to save money when eating out and more with Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty.

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Auckland Pocket Guide

Auckland Pocket Guide

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Auckland City Reviews

  • 80%


    Great City!

    I stayed here 4 days which was enough time to explore the city. Just walking around is nice, good food and the tower is amazing!

    Insider Tip:Go on the tower at night!

  • 100%


    Love this place!!

    There's always something to do in this city! Whether your a party animal or like to relax its a great place to be!

    Insider Tip:Stay in PONSONBY, great area, can walk into the city! Accessible to everywhere!

  • 70%


    Bigger city in NZ but coming from London I wasn't too impress

    It's a very young city, just 175yo, so it's not fair to compare with other very much older big cities in the world.. it's nice, but don't spend here more than 2/3 days if your trip in NZ is one month long as mine was

  • 80%



    Really nice city. Nice shopping area and when you want to escape the crowded city, definitely visit Devonport. i stayed mostly in the CBD but there is a park real close where you can enjoy a pick-nick or read a book.

    Insider Tip:Visit Devonport to escape the city for a day. Go to Staples to eat together but order at different restaurants. Go to the harbor to have a nice view of the city skyline.

  • 80%


    So much to offer

    A lot of people get to the CBD and think that that is all that exists of this city, but its not. If you can get a car or even a bus out to the fringes of this huge region you will be blessed with beautiful beaches and huge ranges from which to explore. Don't just confine yourself to the city. The city is packed full of amazing places to go and eat for a bargain and there are lots of good places to drink down by the harbour and up on K Road.

    Insider Tip:Eating on a budget? Go to K Road and choose from many cheap eateries - particularly Likewise Merge Cafe where all proceeds go to the homeless and you can get a meal for $4

New Zealand: Itinerary

New Zealand is one of the most popular countries in the world among backpackers. It is famed for its awe inspiring scenery thanks to an array of mountains, glaciers and lakes. If you like adrenaline sports this is one of the best countries in the world to do them. And as it is divided between a north and south island, not many countries in the world are as diverse as this one.

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