The waterside city of Auckland -- also known as the "City of Sails" -- is known for it nautical lifestyle. Sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, Auckland's backdrop is subtropical forests and volcanic terrains. Travelers booking flights to Auckland -- New Zealand's largest city -- will undoubtedly spend time in the water. The city is known for its ideal swimming conditions, water sports and of course, world-renowned yachting.
Auckland is home to more than 1.3 million people and it boasts the largest Polynesian population in the world. Travelers booking flights to Auckland are in for some excellent activities. Auckland has more boats per capita than any city; 22 regional parks; 50 islands; and more than 300 miles of hiking trails.
There's much to do in this metropolitan New Zealand city. Tourists heading to New Zealand will find their Auckland flights land them in a city booming with culture, diversity, and of course, a lot of boats.
The maritime climate here makes any time a great time to book a cheap flight to Auckland. Summer (January) usually hits about 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and winter (July and August) gets only as low as the 40’s and 50’s. With only an occasional morning frost, that’s nothing to complain about.
Best Time to Fly to Auckland
The winter months can be rainy and humid, but that’s truly the worst of it so booking a flight to Auckland any time of the year is a no- brainer.
Peak Season: If your holiday routine has gotten drab over the years and the kids are craving something new, book flights to Auckland and enjoy the warm weather that graces the area during December and January. Beaches become flushed with tourists, and it stays just as warm until the heat tapers off a bit in March. Easter and Labor Day are also in demand for tourists, so keep than in mind when booking your flights to Auckland.
Off-peak Season: Things get a little quiet as the rainy season moves onward and cooler temperatures prevail, but it only means that you’ll have more of the place to yourself. You can book flights to Auckland keeping peacefulness and solitude in mind.
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Getting around Auckland
Auckland is easy to get around by foot, bus or ferry. You can also rent a scooter or bicycle for at least half a day. You can get almost anywhere in central Auckland by bus, some of which will take you to tourist attractions for free. The public transportation is good enough that you won’t need a car to get around, and you’d struggle to find parking anyway. You may want to rent a car to head out to the suburbs however, and you can also take a ferry to the north shore suburbs and Hauraki Gulf Islands.
Auckland Travel Information
Ascension Wine Estate: If you’re a food and wine lover, make this site a day-one expedition. Sure, have a glass of Shiraz on your flight to Auckland, but know in your heart that you haven’t experienced anything yet. Ascension Wine Estate is run by fifth generation keepers who live off the land, and personally cultivate the grapes themselves. Located in Matakana, this eco-friendly winery has been given the Green Ribbon for Sustainable Business from the Ministry of Environment, and takes personal pride in producing small quantities of the most sought-after wines in New Zealand. The grapes here are grown on north-facing slopes, to maximize sun and drainage advantage, and subsequently endure a long and slow ripening process. If you haven’t understood yet, this place takes care very seriously. Just ask the palate officer, the grape guardian, or the romance director. Yes, we said “romance director.”
Devonport: Visit this tiny seaside village for a historic throwback to the quaint times of New Zealand. The array of glass art, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and contemporary fine art is enough to make your head spin, in a good way. Pick a piece that suits you and pack it away for your return flight; when you unwrap the gift to yourself you’ll always have a reminder of your travel to Auckland. When you’re done shopping, take a stroll along the wharf, or explore one of the three seaside volcanoes. Cafes and restaurants are dotted along the roads, completing your day.