Regularly rated as one of the world’s most livable cities, Auckland—also called Tamaki Makaurau—has grown into a beauty of a destination. The sparkling harbor is sprinkled with gleaming white sails and ferries commuting to waterside suburbs and outlying islands. The largest Polynesian city in the world, Auckland has also become hugely multicultural, which is reflected in the dynamic dining scene. Unlike in Melbourne and Sydney, which has fed off a rich Mediterranean immigrant heritage, Asian cuisines here are plentiful. Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, and to a lesser extent, Thai, flavors are common. And some have worked their way into New Zealand’s contemporary, seasonally driven cuisine.
Best Time To Go
For the best weather, travel between November and April.
The city and its inner suburbs are easily explored on foot, but you can also take the Inner Link bus ($2.50), which does loops around the city to Parnell, K Road, Ponsonby, and Victoria Park.
January and February are the hottest months, with an average temperature of 71ºF (21ºC). July and August are the coldest months, with an average temperature of 55ºF (13ºC).
Know Before You Go
Auckland’s public transportation can be a hassle, so book a car in advance if you’d like to see the entire city.
Local voltage is 240AC, or 50 hertz. Power outlets take two-pin and three-pin plugs (Type I)
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