A Quick Guide to Auckland New Zealand

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With nearly 1.5 million people calling Auckland home, this is by far the biggest city in New Zealand and thus has plenty to offer visitors on a city stopover or taking a few days in Auckland to adjust to the time change! The city has some similarities to Melbourne in terms of food and coffee culture, so if you’re a conscious foodie or like to try new flavours with gastronomic flair, you’ve come to the right place!

Guide to Auckland | WOW

Auckland, New Zealand

Getting to the city couldn’t be any easier and takes only 20 minutes or so, depending on traffic. The most efficient way to reach the city is by taking the AirBus for $16 one way, stopping in Downtown Auckland.

The city itself is large to explore, however is well connected with good bus routes and a public ferry system.

Things to see & do in 24 Hours

Waitemata Harbour – By far the best viewing point for sunset!

Sky Tower – For a view over the city you can’t beat the skytower.

Ponsonby Neighbourhood – This is where you will find most of the best restaurants & boutiques in town.

Waiheke Island – If you have more time be sure to catch a ferry to Waiheke Island – you won’t regret it!


Eats & Drinks

It is no overstatement that Auckland is absolutely full of culinary delights so be sure to take every opportunity you get to eat out!

Kokako Cafe

Don’t let the vegetarian menu put you off, this cafe is by far one of the best cafes in all of Auckland. The peanut butter and chocolate smoothie is to die for!

The French Cafe

If you’re looking for something casual, chic and gorgeously French, try out this hot spot for lunch or brunch.

Atomic Coffee Roasters

Arguably the best coffee in town.

Bluebell’s Cakery

This place is an absolute dream for sweets enthusiasts – make sure you try the banana salted caramel cupcake!


Image by Tom Hall

Day Trips from Auckland

Waitomo Caves – One of the most popular day trips from Auckland that takes you underground into mysterious caves.

Hobbiton – For fans of Lord of the Rings, you will be delighted to learn that it is entirely possible to visit Hobbiton on a day trip from Auckland – just be prepared for a reasonably long travel day!

Bay of Islands – Another long day trip (3-4 hours) from Auckland but incredibly worth while is the picturesque Bay of Islands – as soon as you see a photo you’ll put it straight on your travel list I promise!


Air New Zealand fly to Auckland direct from Sydney and many destinations worldwide. See here for bookings.

Cover image: Francisco Anzola

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    August 4, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Loved New Zealand!! Would love to go back some day. While I was in Auckland, I went to Monsoon Poon for dinner and it was SO good! Asian fusion restaurant with great décor. They have a few other locations in the North Island as well. Definitely recommend to anyone visiting that likes that type of food.

    tanzir tanz
    August 4, 2016 at 1:01 am

    I love this country very much. Their cricket team reached the final vs Australia in worldcup 🙂

    Talha Ishaq
    August 4, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Always love your posts!

    August 3, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Nice & quick read about Auckland. I’m surely gonna spend at least a day or two here!

    August 3, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to New Zealand! Definitely on the top of my bucket list right now 🙂

    August 3, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    New Zealand is top destination on my bucket list. I hope that I soon get there. And thank you for amazing post!

    August 2, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    I loved New Zealand so much. I haven’t been to the North Island tho, so quite interesting to read about it.

    August 2, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    This sis such a great guide! I’m off to New Zealand for the first time next year so will definitely save it. Love the eat recommendations!

    Posh, Broke, & Bored
    August 2, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    This is going right onto my list of things to do in New Zealand! Funnily enough I was going through my old passports and found a stamp from when I went to NZ – it said “New Zealand: the right choice”. Can I get a what what! x

    Laura Mills
    August 2, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    My hometown!!! Its a pretty awesome place 🙂 my favourite spots are the west coast black sand beaches like Piha and Bethells. Titirangi has some of the best little cafe’s too. Reading this post is making me homesick!

    Danielle @ Our Passport Pages
    August 2, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Your pictures make me want to visit! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    August 2, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    I’ve never been to New Zealand, but it’s definitely on my list! Love your post!

    August 2, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    So many lovely places in Auckland! Little Bird Unbakery just of the main shopping area in Ponsonby is a lovely little vegan cafe just off the main strip of shops there…so delightful! A must! Even the take-away casual eateries in Auckland are top notch. Such a short flight from Oz too (Auckland).

    August 2, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Awesome post ! I really would like to visit New Zealand

    August 2, 2016 at 11:02 am

    I wanna go to new zealand sometime in december! THANK YOU FOR THIS POST 🙂
    Totally gonna be referring back to it! I never knew hobbiton could be done as a day trip so yay! Thank you!

    xx, carina